Explore the most popular no dogs trails near Bar Harbor with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

23 hours ago

Great trail for boulder scrambles. There are definitely a few sections that aren’t for the faint of heart. If you fear heights, take the Orange & Black path to Champlain Ridge Trail

I always enjoy this hike! A challenge for someone afraid of heights for sure but so so rewarding. Please be wary if you are very afraid of heights or unsteady on your feet. Also make sure to wear shoes with great traction - you're going to need it. Awesome!!!

great work out. went up north dorr mountain and down Ladder trail.

Not long but pay attention, as it is challenging with many metal rungs and hand holds

Nearly killed myself on the ladder part.

5 days ago

Great trail. I went early to beat the crowds - 5:30am in the summer - worthwhile, as it most likely backs up with traffic due to the amount of ladders and tight spaces.
Definitely more of a climb w/ Great views at the end for reward.

rock climbing
6 days ago

Excellent views and playful environment! Make sure to wear hiking boots to protect those ankles and ensure solid contact on rocks, as it’s so much fun rock jumping

I started at the Champlain Mountain Ridge trail parking lot and took the bus to Sand Beach. I then went up the Beehive Trail and up Champlain Mountain from the South side. The trail is beautiful but is very exposed. The ascent up the Beehive was not very difficult in my opinion, however I am an experienced north-east hiker and a mildly experienced rock climber. The Bowl was an excellent picture spot, and the ascent up Champlain Mountain gave excellent views to the South, including the Bowl, The Beehive, and Gorham Mountain. The summit of Champlain is spacious and gives wide views of the surrounding mountains and water as well as the town of Bar Harbor. The summit quickly gets crowded as there are many trails that intersect nearby.

I’ve never felt so accomplished as when I reached the Beehive Summit. Beware if you are afraid of heights. You will have to climb on iron rungs up the face at various times but the descent is pleasant. Swing by the Bowl after. It’s worth it.

Very fun hike with my wife and two kids (ages 11 and 9). My entire family is in better shape then I and we still had an amazing time. We stopped a few times to let faster people go ahead of us (but honestly I was using these times to catch my breath)...great short hike that gets the ticker really pumping...views and smiles on family’s face was completely worth it let alone the spectacular views

rock climbing
10 days ago

Fun did with wife first timed, then second climb was with son, wife and myself. Was first trip to Arcadia. Was not disappointed. Had a blast and was exciting and felt huge sense of accomplishment as we reached summit and took in breathtaking views of sandy beach and ocean!!!

Definitely a lot of stone steps and 3 iron ladders as in the name- the first was a bit challenging for this short 50 year old whose " afraid of falling"). The views were worth it and there were plenty of wild blueberries to nibble on

Great trail, very busy as some spots we had to wait because of congestion

Loved this trail. I was looking for one to make me break a sweat and I got what I asked for. Lots of steps. Huge sense of accomplishment. Finished at Dorr Mtn then to Cadillac. Excellent day!

13 days ago

Sweet Scramble Hike! Myself, my bride and 12 and 9 yr old boys. Boys loved it. Couple of areas of exposure made them a bit nervous, but steel rungs to hold onto proved to be the support they needed. Took a little over an hour to the top and we took the ridge trail down.

Fun and unique hike with the rungs and climbing. Our whole family completed it including 9 and 11 year old children. Be brave if you are afraid of heights.

Really fun trail. Both my girlfriend and I are in really good shape and not afraid of heights so it wasn’t that bad. We both wore sneakers and had no issues. The hike is really rewarding and I would recommend it to people who love to hike and see great views. There are several different options to make the hike longer or shorter (1.3 miles-11.8) so you can customize it to fit the difficulty and length you want.

14 days ago

Hiked with my family today and we all loved the hike. Boys are in HS and College and while we saw some young kids hiking, I would be thoughtful about taking them if they are less than agile, not active or afraid of heights. Otherwise it is manageable if you approach each challenging climb with respect and caution. Take your time and enjoy the views.

Beautiful trail with fun and thrilling heights! My family and I enjoyed hiking up this with exciting views, rings to climb, and many rocks with lots of variety!

16 days ago

This was crazy cool, fun, and challenging. I was stupid and tried to do it alone. Some hikers asked that I join them so I did. Do it at your own pace and it’s totally fun. Some parts are “scary” but it’s totally in your head. Wear good hiking boots.

sketchy for sure. lots of exposure. don't do if you are scared at all. don't take little kids. not worth the risk. but def one of the coolest hikes I have ever been on. took the loop to beehive and back to the beach. if u like a little adventure don't skip this. you will love it

great hike, with even greater views. the cliffs were a little scary but overall very well done.

What a fun trail! Once you get to the top of Beehive you have great views of Acadia, the Bowl, and the ocean. Continue down to the Bowl for a nice lake view. Then the hike on the way back down is very easy over well built staircases.

Although steep at the beginning, I found this trail to be approachable. Bring grippy shoes though, for the iron bars and rocks.

18 days ago

Great trail with my 14, 12, & 10 year old. Some parts were slippery because it had rained earlier, but still very doable for all ages.

19 days ago

The trail is open. We hiked on July 24 and it has been open for a while. Very hard climb. Definitely hard.

Not a physically challenging hike, but a mentally challenging one. The vertical climb is less than 20 minutes but your head can play tricks on you. My wife, who is extremely fit and an excellent hiker, panicked to the point of tears. But she made it and was happy she did it. Hike up, not down. Down climbing is far more difficult. This hike can be looped in to many other hikes. Don't let the short distance put you off. You can conbine other trails to make this 10+ miles.

Fantastic climb, wishing it wasn’t so foggy to see the likely beautiful views. Climbed in front of a 9 year old. She did fine. Would consider bringing my 7 & 9 year old next time.

22 days ago

Great hike if you don't mind heights or climbing vertically up rungs. The views on the way up and at the summit are fantastic. I went up Precipice, down Beachcroft, and then walked two miles back to the Precipice trail head. Maybe not the best way to do it, but Beachcroft is a nice easy trail to take down.

Also, while I saw a lot of people climbing in running shoes and sneakers, I highly recommend good hiking shoes.

Incredible views that are worth the effort..

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