The Bowl Trail

MODERATE 15 reviews
#20 of 121 trails in

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
488 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:

10 days ago

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

22 days ago

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

6 months ago

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

Loved it!

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016

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.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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.