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Beech Cliff Loop

Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Very tough initial climb, but well worth it

The beech cliff trail is one of Acadia classic ladder trails. Very steep first section, in fact... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Courtney B
Park City, Utah
via mobile
Strenuous hike worth it for the views

This was a great hike. It is strenuous but so much fun. It was the first time we had ever used... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2017
Plainfield, Illinois
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Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 31 August 2016

The trail was well marked with natural signage. Quiet cool stroll through the trees. Neat stone steps to aid the climb to the top. ON top the view was great, able too see alot, 1st timers , not sure what all the islands/ mountains were,...More

Thank ellen m
Reviewed 23 August 2016

My husband and I headed out for a moderate hike with great views, the Beech Cliff Loop was just right. One side of the loop is shorter and steeper and the other is longer and more of a slope, so you have your choice depending...More

Thank Cari C
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