Explore the most popular lake 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.

Great hike for my wife to conquer her fear of heights. Great view from top.

on The Bowl Trail

1 day ago

Make sure you take the bowl trail all the way up to the beehive. It’s not as scary as the beehive trail but its still a challenge.

Great hike

on Eagle Lake Trail

nature trips
1 day ago

Easy walking trail around eagle lake

We took the difficult descent unknowing that it was going to be a vertical climb with metal rungs. I’m deathly afraid of heights but trooped through. All in all I would definitely do it again despite the fear of heights.
Recommend the trail to the left for inexperienced hikers and those fearful of heights.

4 days ago

The agony lies between your adrenaline rush and the moment of the despair (especially when you accidentally looked down once), pretty scary I would say. Just be ready to use your muscles really wisely and coordinately to get yourself up when you are literally are surrounded with nothing but 2-3 iron handles in front of you.

Great view on the top!!! More of a mental game than a physical one! But worth it!!!

4 days ago

Absolutely amazing views! Make sure to bring lots of water and try to start on the earlier side. It's really sunny and hot during the summer time. Wouldn't suggest bringing kids on this trail.

Really fun trail. To be quite honest, there were a few parts that made me a little uneasy so if you’re truly afraid of heights or a newbie, I’d shy away from this one. The view is breathtaking though.

awesome trail. a little tougher than I had expected...was surprised to see some little children on it...

This trail was fairly easy but has a beautiful view! You can take a nice refreshing dip in the bowl if you’re up to it, or relax and enjoy the view for a bit before continuing with your hike.

I absolutely loved this trail- going back for a second time shortly after because it was a lot of fun. Definitely need to watch your footing when climbing, with some parts being more difficult than others, but it’s worth it for the adrenaline rush and amazing views. The way up is pretty short in distance, and I chose to go down through the bowl trail rather than back down the beehive trail.

love this trail! I missed out on it the 1st time i was in Acadia since my wife does not do well with heights. This time with a little research i got her to do the bowl trail and head up the back of the beehive. I took beehive and we met 30 yrds from peak. she loved getting the views at the summit without having to do the heights. She loved her hike filled with mild scambling (with our 11 month old on her back) and I absolutely loved the beehive. i've done angels landing in zion and this is a short fun version on that. Will do multiple times everytime i return. Must do early, i only saw 8 people and we finished parking lot to parking lot in 1 hour.

Breathtaking views!!!

This is such an incredible hike. Definitely would not recommend for children because there were a lot of steep climbs that I can imagine would be scary. There’s ladder steps and metal bars to help you up. I went late afternoon on a Wednesday and there were only two groups with us. I can’t imagine doing this popular hike with many more people because it’s super narrow and you want to take your time. So worth it. I was skeptical about it being rated as the best hike in Acadia with it only being a short hike, but after doing a few others I definitely agree that this was the best hike!

Fun! Not scary while you're doing it (unless you're afraid of heights, I suppose). Looks scarier in photos than it feels, because you always have something to hold on to.

NOT A DOG FRIENDLY TRAIL! But we still made it with my dog thanks to my hefty husband. This is a beautiful hike and definitely worth the trek.

Definitely a great hike, a bit scary for me but glad I did it.

We did this trail on June 23rd. I am terrified of heights, TERRIFIED! I was nauseous the entire trip after my group mentioned they wanted to do this trail. I reluctantly did this hike and was a little nervous at times, but NEVER terrified. It ended up being pretty fun and I enjoyed it. I’m so glad I did it. There’s never a part where there is a sudden drop off the side. The trail always comes back on itself below. There’s a few areas of metal rung climbing and 2 main rock scrambling areas. The first rock section is the “scariest” of the 2 in my opinion. Once you get there, you’re practically to the top. We did it in about 45 mins with time for pictures at the top. Beautiful views, however, you get the same views if you take Gorham Mtn to Beehive if you prefer to skip the “height” stuff. If you’re afraid of heights, just do it! You’ll have a great sense of accomplishment at the end.

More mentally demanding than physically demanding! If you can put aside any fears of heights, this is a fun little hike.

road biking
9 days ago

For cycling, Eagle Lake is an excellent choice for either a loop around the lake (East side is flatter; West side has 2 mile gradual ascent to the crossroads), just riding out/back on East side, or using Eagle to connect with other great trails to the North (Witch Hole), to the South (Bubble and Triad roads to Jordan Pond), or doing the famous over-the-mountain trail. If trying to coordinate some great carriage road cycling days - Eagle is a great place to start and end your hikes.

Surprised there are no reviews here: as this is our favorite loop up/back to Penobscot - but only if the Jordan Cliffs Trail is reopened after peregrine falcon breeding ends in August. The first ascent on Spring Trail is a little intense as it zigzags thru the cliffs with iron handrails to assist - but its not that long before the cliffs end, and you have gradual climb on the spine. Definitely pause in this area to enjoy a break and the excellent views over Jordan Pond House, and the crowds below lunching on the great lawn. You've reached one the best scenic viewing spots of the island (without the crowds who drive to Cadillac summit). After scaling Penobscot's summit, continuing to Sargent summit is optional (I find it adds about an hour). But definitely do not miss a return on the Jordan Cliffs with the incredible views over Jordan Pond, and out to Seal Harbor, Little Long Pond, and the Cranberry Islands. You can enjoy this views so much better while descending on this trail which has its iron rungs and handrails to add to excitement as you pass over exposed cliff bands, old wooden bridge, gnarly tree roots and iron ladder. Lots of fun variety on this descent.

Great hike. Steep incline with bars along the side of the mountain. There are a ton of people on this trail so you may want to start early. We started on this trail, then went down the back side to hike Champlain as well. Highly recommend putting the two hikes together!

My kids said that this trail was as in their computer game. We really had fun!
And when you're going down, you're passing through wild blueberry :-)
The only point, if your dog is heavier than 50 pounds and you cannot lift it up on yourself, better don't take it to this trail.

One of our favorite hikes for a real workout. Don't expect so many ladders as a straight hour of stone steps - with some cool areas in the middle with stone passages, iron railings and ladders. Just when you think you may be done - there's then the climb over open granite areas where the views really open up before you reach summit. At summit - you are just below the crowds on adjacent Cadillac summit (close enough to wave to them) - you appreciate the quietness and no crowds on Dorr. The descent also gives great southern views to Otter Cove, thru some Pine areas down to the very tranquil Canon Brook return - along the stream and beaver dams, crossing wooden plank bridges across the water on your return to car. This parking area off Rte 3 is very large, always plenty of space.

Ascend Dorr Ladder trail; descend Dorr Mt South Ridge, then return to car on Canon Brook/Kane Path. Not sure why it's called "Ladder" trail - should be "Endless Stone Steps!" Incredible workout going up (steps can get tedious staring down at feet), just when you think it's over - you still have a tough climb over exposed granite areas where the views really open up. Great views at summit, seeing all the crowds on adjacent Cadillac summit just above you. South ridge trail down is great thru some pine areas into the shade and quiet of tranquil Canon Brook - walking along the brook and beaver dams, crossing dams on wooden plank bridges back to the car. Parking lot is large off Rte 3, always plenty of space. A very difficult ascent - but overall a great loop hike with tons of variety and no crowds.

I’m was super nervous before and during this hike. I’m afraid of heights and this one is up there but I’m so glad I did it. What a fun hike (just don’t look down). I was very happy it was a loop. I’m not sure I could’ve worked up the nerve to go back down. This hike is a must. Beautiful view at the top. Just take your time and watch your step and you’ll be fine. I wouldn’t recommend this hike for young children.

Just a ton of fun (which is the main point, right?). Not as intimidating as it looks from the parking lot. There are plenty of metal rungs and hand holds. Just good to be focused and deliberate when on a narrow cliff path (wouldn't recommend for children under 12). After descending to The Bowl, I linked up the Gorham Mountain trail and looped back around on the Ocean Path (around 4-5 hours total with lots of stops for pictures). Great survey of the different views and features of the park.


This hike is a good workout. I would recommend wearing hiking boots and bringing 1 pole wouldn’t be a bad idea. We did it right after it rained and didn’t have much of a problem. Some boulders were slick and watch out for the black lichen. You are rewarded with a fabulous view of Cadillac Mt. to your left and the harbor and ocean to your right. I only gave it a four because I was dinner for 10 mosquitos. Bring bug spray to be on the safe side!

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