Precipice Trail

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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.

5 days ago

done this trail several times its my favorite at Acadia

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One of my all-time favorites

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The trail is closed between March 15 and August 15 due to falcon nesting

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4 months ago

This is one of the most exhilarating hikes I have ever done! I did it about six months ago and loved it. If you are afraid of heights, this is not for you. Part of the trail is literally climbing on metal rungs up. Also, be sure you take a good look at the trail map and plan a different trail down that's not too far of a walk from where you parked. YOU DO NOT WANT TO TAKE THE SAME TRAIL DOWN.

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8 months ago

Super fun

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