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 only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from August until March.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
941 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.

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4 days ago

Don’t even consider doing this trail unless you have hiking boots or heavy sneakers. Not for young kids. It is fantastic though.

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18 days ago

crazy sketchy if you don't like heights but amazing views! take North ridge down.

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1 month ago

Excellent hike with lots of steep climbing. Bring plenty of water!

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1 month ago

This is the best hike.. so far I have done.. loved it .. will do it again.. it’s tough and challenging at some parts during the course ..

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1 month ago

Yesterday I did it with my friends! It is definitely my favorite trail in Acadia! It is very challenging but doable as long as you are not afraid of height and weather cooperates.

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1 month ago

Great views but absolutely terrifying! It is basically climbing a ladder the whole way up a sheer cliff and death is just a sneeze away.

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1 month ago

Did this with my family. Loved it. My 12 year old enjoyed it more than Beehive. Definitely our best trail. Acadia did a great job maintaining the trails.

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