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- We purchased the passes to view the sunrise and it did not disappoint. This was an easy walk. We took blankets and hot coffee with us, as we got there early enough for a good spot.Written 4 January 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This loop takes you around to some amazing views and interesting points along the park. You can see so much of it especially if you buy the self guided driving tour..Written 10 October 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Surprised by a short snow squall near the summit. This was a great adventure for these 2 visitors from Minneapolis. Gorgeous views. The rock climbing part was not too challenging and we enjoyed our hikeWritten 20 November 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Beautiful. Safe and historic.
We rented ebikes from bar harbor bicycle shop (first time on ebikes) and did 30 miles over four hours. Fantastic experience. Map was good and trails were easy to follow.
Oh and we went in mid November and it was about 40 degrees.Written 17 November 2022
- Spanning almost 6 years between visits, I have climbed and hiked Acadia National Park's famed Precipice Path Trail on 2 separate occasions.
In August 2022, when traveling with a hiking friend, we successfully hiked Precipice Path/Trail and Beehive Path/Trail on the same day.
Comparing the two hikes:
Precipice is a long hike with slippery rungs and moss, making for some scary areas.
Beehive has an area prior to the climb where the rocks are slick and several hikers slipped. These hikers were not at the edge of the mountain and were not in any danger or falling off the face of the cliff.
Beehive has far better views.
Both hikes (Precipice and Beehive) have routes down the mountain which are difficult to navigate. Hikers are discouraged from going down via the "climb" and rungs on both hikes.
Precipice is easier to navigate going down but you will need to walk along the road to get to your vehicle and trailhead. We were lucky enough on the hike in 2022 to catch the shuttle back to our vehicle.
Again I stress that the Precipice first rung series is the hardest. If you can do this, then all the other rungs will be easily managed.
This was my review in October 2016:
I watched the youtube videos and read the reviews well in advance. I prepared mentally and stayed in average shape prior to my trip to Acadia in September of 2016. Despite the foreboding elder at the trailhead warning me of the man who died earlier this year on the way down after reaching the summit, I remained confident that my boyfriend and I would make it to the top without any problems. It was an overcast day and we had been cautioned that the rocks could be slippery and we should tread carefully.
Toward the Summit:
Through the mist we made our way up the Precipice trail to the test rungs, which I only passed by throwing my pack up first then climbing up. I didn't have to throw my pack again which indicates the "test" is harder than any of the ladders and rungs along the trail. In my opinion, the rock scramble was the hardest part of this hike. I felt relatively safe throughout the hike and experienced no "fear of heights" (acrophobia). Reaching the summit was a rewarding experience.
Navigation skills required to hike down Champlain Mountain:
There are several ways to come down Champlain Mountain, the least recommended is the Precipice Trail. Reviews indicated the best route down would be via the Champlain Mountain North Ridge Trail (formerly Bear Brook Trail) which terminates on Park Loop Road just north of the Precipice Trailhead. There were several hikers we encountered who had planned the aforementioned route but took a wrong turn on the way down and ended up coming down Precipice Trail. I was convinced that I did not want to have the same fate and carefully read the signs and confirmed with my boyfriend who was following the trail on his Garmin. Bates' cairns and blue arrows guide the hiker in finding their way down and posted signs assist when selecting the correct route when there is a forks in the trail.
Climbing the ladders and rungs. Making the way to the summit and reaching the summit. Some say the view is amazing but we had too much mist/fog during our hike to have any photos worth posting. During my walk back to the car, I passed a large bird who quickly went into flight just as I noticed her. This bird was most likely a peregrine falcon. I have now learned that he females can be as large as 3 lbs.
I am a beginner hiker but I have a few summits I have reached. I do not run or work out but I remain active throughout the year. I never recommend watching the sunset from the summit, as you will then be left coming down in the dark. This is a must do hike for the experience of the ladders and rungs.Written 26 January 2023
- I loved walking around and up to the rock with the family. The hike around the pond itself was level and not hard at all.Written 14 December 2022
- Upon the advice of aFriend who lives in Bar Harbor, we parked our car at the Otter Cliffs Parking lot and hiked down from Otter Cliffs to Thunder Hole and then on to Sand Beach. We took the Acadia NP Shuttle Bus back (the uphill road) to the Otter Cliffs parking lot. Great Hike and so way to spend 2 to 3 hours!!Written 26 October 2022
- Gorham Mountain is not among Acadia's most strenuous trails, but it's a wonderful warm up. Great views, and interesting terrain (especially on the Cadillac Cliffs split). Beware that arriving early may be advisable, as parking can be a challenge. For more experienced hikers, Gorham can also be combined with an ascent of the Beehive and/or a hike up the South Ridge of Champlain Mountain, which has wonderful views and passes the Bowl, an excellent place for a mid-day swim.Written 24 September 2022
- Water is very cold but beautiful views! Great for families and little kids! There was a tidal pool with warm water and that was nice! Overall great visit!Written 3 January 2023
- We did miss the actual bubble rock and had to retrace footsteps, follow the blue paint marks, gorgeous views of the valley and Jordan PondWritten 24 November 2022
- Fabulous views in perfect weather... as always... Keep in mind that at the end of May the counter clockwise path was closed and this path is easier to follow. However the clockwise path is equally gorgeous, just a little trickier to descend than to ascend in two spots.
If you want a manageable and short hike with great rewards, Great Head Trail is for you - the views of the ocean, the beach and the islands are stunning.
If you arrive at Sand Beach around 5PM, finding a parking spot is very possible and the hike will not take more than 90 minutes.Written 18 June 2022
- The Hulls Cove Visitor Center was a must stop for us, as we collect the National Park Passport Stamps and they have one...and then we got there and realized that there were 52 steps you had to climb to get to the Visitor Center. Everyone else in my group was too exhausted from a day of touring & hiking around the park, so I made the climb to get all of our stamps.
The staff were very helpful at the information desk. I was able to buy my new national park annual pass there, as ours was about to expire. The gift shop is tiny--don't plan to buy many souvenirs at the Visitor Center--there are much nicer gift shops throughout the park.Written 7 August 2022
- This was a gorgeous spot! All around it as well. It was crowded and really hard to find a place to park! We saw thunder hole, however only heard a gurgle. It was definitely worth the stop anyway. Gorgeous landscape.Written 28 October 2022
- This is a cobbled beach. We enjoyed climbing and taking in the views during low tide. Not very busy at all. Easy parking and nice view. You must take steps down to the beach.Written 26 July 2022
- Spent the day driving the loop and stoping at the various points along the mostly one-way road. Each area was unique and beautiful. There are small pull offs to admire the scenery, walking paths and of course lots of hiking! There were restrooms open at some of the areas although some things were closed this late in the season. Take the ride to the top of Cadillac mountain...and sit and enjoy the view.Written 29 October 2020
Frequently Asked Questions about Acadia National Park
- The best day trips from Acadia National Park according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Full-Day Private Tour and Hike in Acadia National Park
- Acadia National Park & Bar Harbor Self-Guided Driving & Walking Tour
- Acadia National Park and Camden Private Day Trip from Portland
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