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loved the ladders! (and the views!)

my kids really wanted to do a ladder hike while we were in acadia--we settled on this one based on... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2017
Megan H
via mobile
Great views!

Gradual ascent and beautiful beach to relax on the other side! The second half of the trail is... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2017
Sheila P
Bloomingburg, New York
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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

my kids really wanted to do a ladder hike while we were in acadia--we settled on this one based on great advice from our vrbo owner! our six year old handled it like a champ and had no issues with the strenuous climb. and the...More

Thank Megan H
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Gradual ascent and beautiful beach to relax on the other side! The second half of the trail is closed so plan on turning around and coming back the fire road.

Thank Sheila P
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

The beech cliff trail is one of Acadia classic ladder trails. Very steep first section, in fact straight up on ladders for part. However, after ascent, this is a very nice loop which is much easier on top. This is not for young kids- we...More

1  Thank Courtney B
Reviewed 1 July 2017

This was a great hike. It is strenuous but so much fun. It was the first time we had ever used ladders on a trail and we loved it. One of our party had a little trouble as she does not like heights and it...More

Thank Grumpyone88
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

Climbing the cliffs can be tough (especially on a hot day like today) but climbing the ladders and the view from the top makes it worth it. Don't recommend this trail for people hiking with dogs as there are 4 ladders to climb.

Thank skarmo
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

We read the reviews of Beech Cliff Trail and had to do it. The iron ladder portions made it so much fun and the view of Echo Lake from the top was simply incredible. One of our favorite hikes from our trip.

1  Thank Gary M
Reviewed 26 October 2016

The views of Echo Lake and its beach are stunning from the cliffs. You can also see Somes Sound and beyond from here. We took some of our best pictures in Acadia from this trail. It is not a long hike, but does climb in...More

2  Thank hdwallace
Reviewed 17 October 2016

A bit outside of the more heavily used hikes in Acadia - this short hike (about 45 minutes) takes you to some beautiful views and a nice flat rock summit perfect for a picnic break. There are other options for other trails that could make...More

Thank slscottxny
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Our hosts suggested a trail starting at Long Pond to head up to Beech Mountain and the Fire Tower with glorious 360 views. We met very few people on this path and IMHO was a better option than starting at the Car Park closest to...More

1  Thank JGrant44
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Easier than we expected. Nice walk in the woods and some views of the water and rocks. Well marked trails

Thank Peter R
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