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Precipice, Orange and Black and Champlain North Ridge Trail Loop

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Acadia National Park

Precipice, Orange and Black and Champlain North Ridge Trail Loop is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Length 2.1 mi Elevation gain 1,049 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

No dogs

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Getting There

The trail is closed between March 15 and August 15 due to falcon nesting. The Precipice Trail is a difficult and very steep loop trail using iron rungs and ladders on exposed cliffs providing spectacular views of Acadia National Park. The trail opens after nesting Peregrine Falcons leave the nest. The hike is not recommended during wet conditions, or if you experience vertigo; also not recommended for small children.The trail starts up steps and through some boulder scrambles. While officially a non-technical hike due to strategically placed iron rungs, ladders and rock ledges, this is really a climb that requires you to be able to navigate some tricky spots by pulling yourself up (e.g. the very first example of this might even be the hardest). If you are careful and pay attention, this will be a great and thrilling experience. Leave hiking poles behind, as you won't need them and they'll just get in the way. One of the very best short hikes in Acadia, similar to what you get on Katahdin's Knife Edge.

Precipice Parking Area is located on the one-way loop road before the East Entrance Station. Trail may be closed up until mid-August due to nesting Peregrine Falcons... once the chicks are able to leave the nest the trail is opened. Parking may be an issue as even though there are ample spaces, this is a very popular trail in season. WARNING: This area is part of Acadia National Park proper, and even though it is located before the entrance station, you MUST have a park pass, or there is a good chance you WILL BE TICKETED. No restroom facilities at the trailhead.

Acadia National Park P.O. Box 177 Bar Harbor, ME 04609-0177 207-288-3338

Getting to Acadia: From Boston take I-95 north to Augusta, Maine, then Route 3 east to Ellsworth, and on to Mount Desert Island. For an alternate route, continue on I-95 north to Bangor, Maine, then take Route 1A east to Ellsworth. In Ellsworth, take Route 3 to Mount Desert Island. Getting to the trailhead: Trailhead is on the east side of Mt. Desert Island. From Hulls Cove Visitor Center take the park road to the one-way loop road (take left just before the road to the top of Cadillac Mountain). Go a few miles and the trailhead will be on your right (well-marked) BEFORE the entrance station.

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Recordings (477)
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joe francolino
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Closed. And labeled at the park as “Until further notice”. Was there today.

Ruth Learn
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Hila s
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Hiking

Closed until August 15, 2020

Janice He
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Have hiked several times. One of my favorite hikes. Absolutely fantastic views with significant elevation gain in a short hike. Huge bang for your buck for such a short hike. Would recommend going very early as it gets very busy, and since the vast majority of the hike is single file only, it goes very slow if you go when it is busy, ie hike can only go as fast as the slowest hiker. Definitely not for those who are afraid of heights, as you are frequently hoisting yourself up extremely steep areas with the help of iron rungs. That being said, due to the help of the iron rungs, the hike can be done by anyone who is decently fit.

Alex Goryaynov
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Closed until further notice due to falcon nesting

nat do
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went in the summer of 2018, I was 13 (girl) at the time and it was the best experience of my life. I had a terrible fear of heights growing up and I got over it on Beehive and Precipice Trail. I went with my brother (age 9) and my dad, it was breathtaking. There is shade a long the way until the exposed cliffs. Lots of people are there to support you and push you on. Don’t recommend for children under 10 or people with fear of heights. Amazing views!

Stephanie Beers
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Closed, roped off

Steven Then
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By far my favorite trail of all time! Does anyone know of other trails like this (rail and rung) elsewhere in the country?

Sneha Chitturi
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Hiking

Amazing trail with amazing views of the sea.

Kinga W.
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Alex B.
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Epic.

Hannah Nossan
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Absolutely incredible trail. Hiked fall 2018. Amazing views the entire time you are going up, but most definitely not for the faint of heart.

Rob Krumwiede
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The most epic hike in Acadia NP for sure! Very memorable. Glad to have checked it off the bucket list back in September 2019

Victoria Siebecker
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HikingRockyScramble

Hard but great views! One of my favorite trails I have ever done! Go in late August! There are many metal rungs and ladders used to climb the mountain. Do not attempt if you’re afraid of heights!

Carol Hassell
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Hiking

Wow!!! A real challenge for me, but what an experience. View from top panoramic. Hiked 2015.

Anna Kelina
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Beautiful !!! But very hard and scary! Not for people with the fear of altitude.

Joey Bail
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Thrilling trail with rungs up the cliffside. Definitely sketchy in some areas but fun!

Jason R
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Trail is closed most of the summer, go late summer. One of the best places to see foliage in the entire New England region. Keep in mind Maine his peak foliage later than Vermont and NH; consider 3rd week of October if you can.

Joshua Douin
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Awesome trail! Went up Precipice and down north ridge to orange and black trails for a loop. Ice in some spots made for a little slower travel but micro spikes not needed. Great 360* views from the top!

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Sarah Krystyna
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Katy Smith
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Loved this trail, however a LOT harder/scarier than I had anticipated after doing Beehive the previous day. I did it in sneakers but would have been more enjoyable in hiking boots. There are a lot of ledges and iron rung ladders and scrambling. No matter how much i was freaking out while scaling the side of this mountain, the view at the top made it worth it!It was quite cold at the top after resting. The way down via Champlain North Ridge to Orange and Black to loop road was much easier and faster. Highly recommend if you can get over the whole potential of falling to your death thing!

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