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Bowl, Beehive, Chaplain South Ridge and The Precipice Trail

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Acadia National Park

Bowl, Beehive, Chaplain South Ridge and The Precipice Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips.

Length5.5 miElevation gain2135 ftRoute typeOut & Back
HikingNature tripsRunningForestLakeViewsWildlifeFeeNo dogs
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Acadia National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55.

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Carolyn Theresa
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Beautiful November weather in Acadia right now. No crowds. We started around 1:30pm and were able to watch the sunset on Precipice. Had to finish the trail in the dark but conditions were good. Amazing hike!! Nothing beats the ladders on beehive and precipice.

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Jennifer Uretsky
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Beautiful November day for a challenging hike. Slipper in some areas but with caution totally doable. Beautiful hike all around

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Sarah Williams
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Loved going up Precipice + down beehive; would not want to do it in reverse. Walked back via road. The leafs are almost gone but still beautiful! Stunning views of sand beach on the way down beehive. The precipice is mostly rock climbing + so fun! I definitely stopped every few minutes to take in the views.

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Adam Gibson
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DO NOT DO THIS LOOP! Hiking down The Precipice or Beehive is a terrible idea. It is not only dangerous, it is terribly inconsiderate to the literally hundreds of hikers you will encounter coming up. These trails are highly recommended as one-way up by the National Park Service. Are you allowed to do it? Yes. Will other visitors give you the “stink eye”? Highly likely. There are plenty other amazing loops to do where you don’t hike down either of these trails. Please check those out instead.

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Quentin Boyer
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Steep at parts but doable. Fun hike fa sho.

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Spencer L
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Beautiful views and a challenging climb. Definitely shouldn't have a particular fear of heights and be fairly fit to do this. Definitely a lot of scrambling and iron rungs to climb up.

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Carl Benkley
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Did Precipice trail on August 21. Not bad for a 67 year old who has 40 years over most other hikers I saw. The first couple of rungs at the bottom may tell you whether you have the climbing ability, but all the big ladders are near the top where it is probably too late to turn around if you have vertigo. I say, just do it!

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Peter Muller
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Good trail. Really did Precipice down ridge to Beehive and then back on the road. Precipice parking was full at 645am on a Wednesday in August during COVID. Fun climb up. Windy walk to Beehive. Tried to go down Beehive but it was PACKED. Literal lines of people at 830am going up. Had to backtrack and go down Bowl instead. Walk along road was nice. Go early, especially if it's nice weather. Don't try to go down either Precipice or Beehive.

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Everett Kunz
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wet and snowy

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Sarah Lima
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Gorgeous, playful, iconic and one-of-a-kind historic trail- definitely recommend doing it in nicer weather rather than in drizzle so that you can enjoy the stunning views to the sea! I strung it together with Orange and Black and Precipice and then completed with Beechcroft and it was my favorite day in the park.

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Tom Rizzo
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This is a must do but you really have to be in shape and not afraid of heights. As mentioned below, trail is closed well into August, starting in June (I think) until the baby peregrines fledge. If you're lucky enough to see one of the parents hunt, it's something you'll not forget. Peregrine re-introduction in Acadia has been very successful and now several trails are closed June-August. Almost all trails in Acadia afford tremendous ocean and lake views, some with very little effort, so don't despair.

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Sherry Hanson
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Not for over 50 years of age? Phooey! I last climbed Precipice at age 61 as part of a solo journey to Acadia, one of my favorite places in the world. Climbed it with the husband and kids years ago several times too. Gotta be in shape, yes. Precipice is like a rite of passage if you are a hiker visiting Acadia National Park. Bee Hive trail at Acadia is al good, saw someone fall off and die there several years ago, while I was recovering on Sand Beach and looking up there. Great memories of my younger and stronger days, for sure! And what a view from up there, looking out over Ocean Drive to the sea!

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Ed Stark
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Best trail in Acadia. Go on a dry day and be prepared to climb to the top. Afraid of heights don't try it not much room to turn around.

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Brad Moser
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Byron Hodgkins
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Andrea Pariani
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Marina Epstein
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Kevin Eassa
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Megan Reffert
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Sing Poon
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Julie Hyman
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Ben B
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Maria Kochugaeva
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Jesse Beyroutey
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Anna Bluhm
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Max Kaufman
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