We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Precipice Trail

Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
Review Highlights
The best hike I've done despite my fear of falling to my death!

Not for the faint of heart or anyone afraid of heights; probably the most dangerous hike of Acadia... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mal S
via mobile
Trail to remember

This trail is not for the people that are afraid of heights. I also do not think it is quite safe... read more

Reviewed 18 November 2017
Olga O
Read all 191 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Half-mile long trail for experienced hikers at Acadia.
  • Excellent89%
  • Very good7%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“iron rungs” (29 reviews)
“fear of heights” (23 reviews)
“closed due” (11 reviews)
Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (191)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 188 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not for the faint of heart or anyone afraid of heights; probably the most dangerous hike of Acadia but boy, is the view worth it. It's more of a rock climb than a "hike". Have the proper equipment and be in good physical shape. Plenty...More

Thank Mal S
Reviewed 18 November 2017

This trail is not for the people that are afraid of heights. I also do not think it is quite safe trail for younger kids. There are lots of ladders and narrow walkways along the steep cliff. After overcoming the big boulder at the beginning...More

Thank Olga O
Reviewed 7 November 2017

If you are NOT afraid of heights and love to hike, this is the trail for you! My husband & I love this kind of adventure. We did the hike right after we watched the sunrise atop Cadillac Mountain, which was perfect! It was a...More

Thank Beth R
Reviewed 23 October 2017

My husband was not all about doing this hike, but I talked him into it. I'm 41, he's 53, we're in average condition. In researching the trail I kept looking for advice about when during the day to start to avoid crowds and didn't find...More

Thank lrltshw
Reviewed 3 October 2017

This was a really fun trail. Some of the photos make the path look even more extreme than it was in real life. But still you would never want to bring kids on this trail and you should use extreme caution. I'm in my 40s...More

Thank Paul R
Reviewed 29 September 2017

This was the highlight of our trip!!!! If you are in reasonable shape and not completely terrified of heights, quit outthinking it and DO IT. I, too. almost psyched myself out of it by watching you tube videos, but I'm really glad I didn't. We...More

3  Thank Carol M
Reviewed 28 September 2017

So I'm in good shape, have done many lengthy hikes, workout regularly, etc. Not a huge fan of heights, but I have been skydiving, so I guess I'm not *that* afraid... I wanted to do this and I completely psyched myself out the day before...More

Thank JeepGirl19
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and I arrived to hike this trail, it had been raining, and was really slick out. We hiked to first rungs in rocks, which were pretty far apart, we watched several.people try and not make it and go back. I got up I'm...More

Thank 558stephannes
Reviewed 20 September 2017

This trail was my entire reason for going to Acadia. I heard it was an awesome trail and open late Aug/Sept after nesting season. It did not disappoint. You are climbing iron rungs, walking on wooden bridges, scurrying over rocks. If you are not afraid...More

Thank ddallas1969
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

Not a trail for the faint of heart! The trail includes numerous vertical climbs up boulders and iron rungs placed in the rock. I think even the most experienced climber will be breathing hard. But the sense of accomplishment when you reach the top is...More

Thank EShep125
Nearby HotelsSee all 49 hotels in Mount Desert Island
Cromwell Harbor Motel
223 reviews
3.59 km away
Bar Harbor Grand Hotel
1,387 reviews
4.10 km away
Moseley Cottage Inn and Town Motel
1,080 reviews
4.22 km away
Bar Harbor Villager Motel
654 reviews
4.24 km away
Nearby Restaurants
1,001 reviews
3.93 km away
962 reviews
4.29 km away
McKay's Public House
1,215 reviews
4.16 km away
Mache Bistro
677 reviews
3.92 km away
Nearby Attractions
Cadillac Mountain
2,710 reviews
2.60 km away
Park Loop Road
1,296 reviews
3.76 km away
Beehive Trail
444 reviews
1.93 km away
Ocean Trail
762 reviews
3.51 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
1 March 2016|
Response from malitz11 |
1 March 2016|
Response from malitz11 |
The drop offs are significant