Precipice Trail

HARD 174 reviews
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Precipice Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back 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 August until March.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1072 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

no dogs

The trail is closed between March 15 and August 15 due to falcon nesting. The Precipice Trail is a difficult and very steep out and back (or 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.

1 day ago

Challenging-- a lot of fun . Beautiful.

hiking
1 day ago

rock climbing
2 days ago

I Precipiced myself

hiking
3 days ago

this was a blast to hike. awesome views

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike with outstanding views. Harder than I thought it would be but definitely doable.

hiking
4 days ago

4 days ago

Not for the faint of heart. I am a wee bit afraid of heights and this trail kept the fear at the forefront of my mind the entire way up. My husband wasn't phased at all. The views are unbelievable, especially when the leaves are changing in the fall.

hiking
5 days ago

5 days ago

5 days ago

We took the Precipice Trail up and the Champlain North Ridge back down to the Park Loop Road, making a nice loop back to the parking lot. Definitely not for those afraid of heights. There are many great viewpoints in the way up, but things do get serious!

hiking
6 days ago

7 days ago

Very fun trail if you are not afraid of heights and are in descent physical condition.

hiking
7 days ago

7 days ago

If you are afraid of heights or unsteady on your feet , skip this trail. If you lose a step or got dizzy you , can be fatal. I would call it a hard mentally hike rather than physically .

hiking
9 days ago

It really wasn't TOO bad going back down-- take your time and don't be stupid :) Also give way to those coming up the mountain, it gives you a breather and is good hiking etiquette

10 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

11 days ago

A true adventure with some sketchy hair raising moments. Loved it. Heeded advice from others and took some alternative trails back down, given the forlorn and terrified faces of the few trying to scale it back down.

13 days ago