The Beehive Loop Trail

MODERATE 285 reviews
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The Beehive Loop Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
534 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

no dogs

A steep climb to the top of this small mountain with wonderful views out over the Atlantic and surrounding Acadia hills The Beehive Trail is a very popular moderate to difficult out and back or loop trail using iron rungs on ledges of exposed cliffs, and is very steep, offering spectacular views of Sand Beach and the surrounding area at Acadia National Park. Start just north of and across the One way loop road from the Sand Beach parking area, climbing steps and through the forest to some exposed fairly flat rocky areas and a tall cairn of rocks marking your next steps. Be sure to look for the light blue (Carolina Blue) trail markers as the trail can be quickly lost in your enthusiasm to scale the cliffs. Stay on trail as strategically placed iron rungs, bridges and hand and foot holds take the technical part out of the climb. Once at the top you can opt to go down the back side and make it a loop or go down the way you came.

hiking
1 hour ago

One of my favorite New England hikes! It's a bit different as the way up is mostly climbing up rock faces with iron rungs and ladders, and the way down is more of a classic hike down a mountain. It's pretty short getting up and the views are spectacular, I would not recommend to anyone who is afraid of heights! Go early to avoid the crowds, and early October is *the best* for fall foliage views.

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3 days ago

Amazing views! I only wish it was longer! Really enjoyed the scramble up.

hiking
3 days ago

The beehive was very fun and almost everywhere you looked was a picture-worthy view. I would not recommend going down it for it is tight and most people go up, and it is designed so it is easier to climb. It is a very good trail to connect with the bowl and Gorham trails.

hiking
4 days ago

parents of younger children (lots of grey area here), please be mindful of their capacity for climbing and heights if you are contemplating bringing them on the Beehive (or Precipice for that matter). Was on both today.... and observed meltdowns on both. not to say exclude them, but please think carefully before pressing on, for the sake of everyone involved. i swear i'm not trying to be a jerk!! was up there about 11:45 am..

anyhoo, fun climb(s)... haven't been bouldering in a while, I'd say V1, maybe V1+ for most of the problems., + because this is real world son and that ain't padding below you!

4 days ago

We were worried we would be with huge crowds during high season. At 9 am the trail was lightly trafficked. Amazing views.

hiking
4 days ago

Such a fun climb up!! My dad and I loved this one. The views were gorgeous during the hike and at the summit. Don't do this if you are afraid of heights/it's raining/you have an animal with you. Seriously. Don't.

hiking
4 days ago

Was a little scary going up with my girlfriend who doesn't have much hiking experience but it was one of the best hikes I've done. I wouldn't do it in the rain though. Amazing views on sand beach on the way up!

hiking
6 days ago

The best trial I had in Acadia national park. It is not very long distance but it sure will give you challenge to climb up.

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8 days ago

Amazing

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9 days ago

Amazing hike up a cliff face, lots of climbing with the help of metal rungs anchored into the rock. The stunning views along the way up are breathtaking!

9 days ago