The Beehive Loop Trail

MODERATE 345 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.

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4 days ago

Easily the best trail i've done! A good challenge too!

rock climbing
5 days ago

Wwesome trail and a great warm-up and test if you're unsure of your groups skills for the other ladder trails.

hiking
8 days ago

Absolutely breathtaking. Loved the views!

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10 days ago

Combine it with the bowl, Gorham , and ocean path trails . Stunning views to start your Acadia trip .

11 days ago

wonderful trail! took us around 2 hours including brakes. Must start by taking the beehive trail (and not the bowl trail, at the intersection take the right lane). this trail goes up the mountain while enjoying the Wonderful sand beach veiw. after the summit take the right trail which reaches to bowl lake- beautiful for a nice brake, gets all the way to the water. after the lake head down on the bowl trail all the way back to the road. the beehive trail is nicer than the bowl trail, I recommend to go up with it and go down with the bowl trail. going up you have to use metal ladders at certain points.

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12 days ago

12 days ago

Short but challenging hike. Great views. No got the faint of heart or people afraid of heights.

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14 days ago

Wow! Amazing views when you get to the top. The way up is quite extreme though, not for beginners. This trail has cliff side moments when you can look out onto the Atlantic Ocean. There are metal rungs to help you climb but make sure to have on proper foot wear.