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Beech Cliff Loop

Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Fantastic Views, Great Hike

This hike is relatively short to the top — less than a mile. It climbs steeply from the Echo Lake... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Detroit, Michigan
via mobile
Fun climbing the ladder on Beech Cliff Trail.

We accidentally went on this trail (Beech Cliff Trail) from the parking lot of Echo Lake Beach Road... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2017
Chicago, Illinois
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Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

This hike is relatively short to the top — less than a mile. It climbs steeply from the Echo Lake parking area up to the Cliffs. There are 3-4 ladders on the trail too. Great rewards at the top with spectacular views of Echo Lake...More

1  Thank MidwestSailor83
Reviewed 27 October 2017

We accidentally went on this trail (Beech Cliff Trail) from the parking lot of Echo Lake Beach Road and kept going up until we needed to climb ladders after ladders all the way to the top of the cliff. It was fun, and actually not...More

Thank Cellowu
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
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