The Bowl Trail

MODERATE 40 reviews
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The Bowl Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.3 miles
387 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


Acadia National Park P.O. Box 177 Bar Harbor, ME 04609-0177 Phone: 207-288-3338 Shipping Address Acadia National Park 20 McFarland Hill Drive Bar Harbor ME 04609-0177 More information:

3 months ago

nice hike

4 months ago

Very nice and simple nature walk hike though just make sure you're going on the right trail since it has multiple trail intersections. The lake is super nice at sunset as the sun reflects off of the fall foliage.

4 months ago

A pleasant short hike with great views of foliage and the lake with mountain backdrop.

4 months ago

Hiked this trail last Thursday! Enjoyable hike with nice views. The foliage was beautiful!

5 months ago

The Bowl Trail is an easy but amazing trail because it not only brought us to a gorgeous lake, but also gave us with a puppy a chance to climb to the top of The Beehive!

6 months ago

Did this trail along with the Beehive and it's a fairly easy walk and great view when you reach the water. Definitely on the easier side of "moderate".

6 months ago

Great way down from Beehive.

7 months ago

Meh...not a fan. Super easy but the pond left me saying meh.

7 months ago

A lot of stairs. Nice if you're also going through the Beehive but not so great on its own.

7 months ago

I wouldn't suggest this hike just to see the lake, but it was nice to add into a larger loop with the Beehive, Gorham Mountain, and Otter Cliffs. The lake is beautifully clear and it was fun to see the fish swimming around, but there are so many other great hikes in the National Park that this was not the top of my list.

8 months ago

The lake is gorgeous. Go early so you can have it all to yourself.

8 months ago

Good views, great for swimming( if you are up for it )

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Great trail to do with the Back park of the Beehive. The Bowl lake was very pretty.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Loved it!

Monday, July 25, 2016

As a destination itself, the Bowl is not as interesting as Gorham or the Beehive. For those leery of climbing the front face of the Beehive, this is a good alternate to get to the Beehive via the backside, also a nice stop if you combine Gorham and Beehive together. There is some rock scrambing between the Beehive and the Bowl and rock steps along the way, so is a moderate climb.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

A moderate climb in elevation on rocky trail to a small, but very pretty tarn (pond) formed and filled by melting glaciers. You can also access the beehive summit using this trail, if you have concerns about the steep climb using the beehive trail.

Use the Sand Beach Parking area to access the Bowl and Beehive Trails. There are bathrooms at the Sand Beach Parking area.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Nice alternate way to see the Beehive if you don't want to take the rungs. Also the way down from the top if you do take the rungs as they advise you not to desend on the rungs. The Bowl is a nice little area to sit and enjoy a snack while looking out over the water.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Amazing swimming spot, but watch out for leeches!

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Pretty lake and nice medium difficulty trail. Saw some cool tadpoles and fish. Did this in combo with beehive and Gotham going from hardest to easiest to make a nice half day hike.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Neat hike through forest and rocks with a peaceful little pond to enjoy. One of many ways up Champlain Mt. Continue from here up the mountain and back down another trail makes a great shuttle hike or just walk back along loop road.

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