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This is a really beautiful and manageable cliff side hike in Acadia. We did it our last morning in the park around 8AM — it was pretty foggy but lovely views down to the rocks anyway. Some scrambling and some stairs but otherwise a pretty easy hike. We brought our dog and she loved it. No dogs allowed on the Sand Beach so instead you can park on Schooner Head Road and access the trail from there.

hiking
11 days ago

Love this short hike- as it provides some of your best Acadia "wow moment" views of the entire Newport Cove and coast all the way to Otter Cliffs. Most guides tell you to park at Sand Beach lot (yeah, good luck with that ...), but there is another option: drive out of Bar Harbor on Schooner Head Road (basically to the end) where you find a small parking lot (usually not full) at another Great Head Trailhead. I find that clockwise is the better way to take this loop (go left when trail splits soon after the parking lot), and you then have the best views over Sand Beach and the coast toward the end of this hike. Great places to sit and picnic on the flat ledges overlooking the beach. This trail is always rated as easy - but the sections directly over sand beach are actually a bit difficult for many as you must climb and navigate some climbs over high rock faces. We often see many hikers coming from beach deciding to turn back when they first confront this tricky section.

The parking area for hiking this trail and the ones near by was beautiful, to start! Once you cross the street there’s a path with with wooden boards, the last of which is over a cute little stream that leads to two paths, orange and blue. We did the orange even though I’m wildly out of shape atm. With that said, it was worth every wheezy, sweaty, strenuous step I took!  The path was steep but very gorgeous! Those who get vertigo easily should probably avoid this one due to how steep some parts are! We lost track of the trail a couple of times but it was only a couple of minutes before we found it again and kept truckin along. There’s this cool little “cave area” that I truly convinced myself was the top in hopes I wouldn’t have to go any further at that time, but it does take a pretty sharp right to continue the path. From there thankfully it truly wasn’t much further, and again, completely worth it! After a good rest, I made my way down with wobbly legs that still carried me through with enough energy to go to screw auger falls right down the way. Overall a very challenging and demanding trail, but worth the effort for the priceless view.

18 days ago

We had a little trouble finding the trailhead, but just go left at the foot of the stairs entering the beach and follow the sandy beach all the way left until you reach the woods. Great little hike we finished in about an hour.

rock climbing
23 days ago

Not easy in parts, with significant rock scrambling, but the vistas are worth it. Each one is better than the last!

hiking
27 days ago

The path is well-camouflaged from the road. We parked in the church lot and walked up. Brought poles and was glad, as there were a lot of wet leaves and tree roots and rocks that were slippery in spots. The path is steep, but short, and the views worth it. To make up for the short hike we also hiked up Hawk Mountain, only a few minutes away.

hiking
30 days ago

This trail is definitely strenuous and VERY steep. If you start out on the AT/white blaze, and then turn right at the orange blaze where the sign says ‘extraordinary views’, you’re in for a beautiful overlook and a nearly indiscernible trail on the hike back to the lot. It is very challenging-take your time and enjoy it. Not for beginners in either direction. All this aside, I loved it! We combined it with Baldpate West, for a total of 7.4 very challenging miles. View at Baldpate is spectacular. Plenty of water along the trail if you have a filter. Need bug spray. Privy at the lean-to at Baldpate.

This was a fun trail. Some steep rocky sections we were not expecting. We have a big dog and some of the steep sections were a little challenging for him.

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hiking
1 month ago

it was a very quick hike than what im normal used to but it was perfect for a really hot day with 2 kids. its got a pretty good view and my kids had a great time climbing on the giant rocks and finding the wooden bear. the first part of the trail is kinda steep so use caution but its a good trail with a decent view overall.

Beautiful views

Easy, short trail with great ocean views! I like to go to sand beach and start and end the loop there.

hiking
1 month ago

Went up mid day this weekend with my boyfriend and it was absolutely beautiful! We will DEF be coming back because we had no idea how good the climbing opportunities were and didn’t bring our gear this time around

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful easy hike. We did this MDW and it was hot so ending up at the beach was perfect! Great views.

Great hike...Orange trail was challenging but fun...great views

we really enjoyed the hike, wonderful ocean views.

Short hike with amazing views. There’s several options to follow for a longer hike. Lots of fun stretches over rock with ocean views.

Great hike with some very nice views. Fun short hike for my 8, 11, 12 year olds as well as my wife and I. Take your camera for some very nice shots.

Wicked good challenge, quick but steep. Hope to conquer a few more like it. got on the app before I did it. was a solid 56:10 going up, with ice and snow so not bad at all.

hiking
7 months ago

Love this trail! Not a very long hike but you get some really great views of sand beach and the beehive across the way.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views of the waves crashing against the cliffs as well as the sandy beach.

9 months ago

Good short trail with spectacular views. I didn't run across a lot of other hikers. Pay attention to the blue trail markers. It's easy to get turned around at the top.

hiking
9 months ago

Loved this trail.

-Quick but difficult
-Prepare to climb over boulders
-Quiet trail, did not pass any hikers through entire loop
-Brought my 8 year old dog, he managed well
-Caution, dangerous drop off
-Great views

9 months ago

Easy, short trail to get some good scenery in if only have a short amount of time.

hiking
9 months ago

Simply spectacular! Do not miss this hike. One of my top three in Maine. Steep, hard up (orange blazes). Gradual, easy down (blue and then white blazes). Together = moderate hike difficulty overall. Lots of dogs and kids on trail. Took us 2 hours almost to the minute, with a leisurely lunch at the top.

9 months ago

Nice trail with great views.

Was a great hike with amazing views!!!

Such a beautiful hike. My friend and I hiked with our 9 year old boys. Where the trail splits, the loop on the right is much harder, be prepared to be on your hands and knees crawling up and over many large boulders. The loop on the left is a nice walking path.

This is a really unique, beautiful trail! Short in distance, but definitely quite a few scrambles to keep things interesting! Look for loons and other seabirds diving for fish.

Great family trail!

Great hike !

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