Precipice Trail

HARD
#2 of 108 trails in Acadia National Park
Precipice Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Bar Harbor, ME that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and birding and is accessible from March until November.

0.8 miles 918 feet Point to Point
birding hiking rock climbing forest views scramble no dogs
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The Precipice Trail is a difficult and very steep out and back (or loop) 1.8 mile RT trail using iron rungs and ladders on exposed cliffs providing spectacular views of Acadia National Park. The Precipice Trail is a difficult and very steep out and back (or loop) 1.8 mile RT trail using iron rungs and ladders on exposed cliffs providing spectacular views of Acadia National Park. The trail opens after nesting Peregrine Falcons leave the nest. Do not recommend this hike during wet conditions, or if you experience vertigo; also not recommended for small children (no pets). The trail starts up steps and through some boulder scrambles. While officially a non-technical hike due to strategically placed iron rungs, ladders and rock ledges, this is really a climb that requires you to be able to navigate some tricky spots by pulling yourself up (e.g. the very first example of this might even be the hardest). If you are careful and pay attention, this will be a great and thrilling experience. Leave hiking poles behind, as you won't need them and they'll just get in the way. One of the very best short hikes in Acadia, similar to what you get on Katahdin's Knife Edge.

Clark Page
1 month ago

15 Completed4 Reviews

Melina Inglés
1 month ago

7 Completed1 Reviews

Ben Eaton
2 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Josh Bassett
2 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

I absolutely love this trail, it's views are amazing.

John Whitehill
2 months ago

36 Completed36 Reviews

Fantastic hike!

Trails Unblazed
5 months ago

10 Completed12 Reviews

Amazing hike. Not terribly difficult but you definitely need to watch your step. See link below for pictures...

http://www.trailsunblazed.com/?p=1327

Ashok Kumar Muthusamy
6 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Not sure why this is not classified as hard. This trail doesn't require lot of physical fitness, but needs lot of mental stability. Has lot of exposed cliffs and dangerous iron rungs...

Ryan Lucas
6 months ago

19 Completed21 Reviews

This was the highlight of our visit to Acadia!

Eric Batchelor
6 months ago

17 Completed7 Reviews

one of my favorites

Logan Hester
6 months ago

16 Completed2 Reviews

Awesome, unique hiking experience with rewarding challenges and gorgeous views all the way up!

Andrew Karasz
7 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Tyler Casey
7 months ago

15 Completed2 Reviews

Daniel Farrell Jr.
7 months ago

29 Completed18 Reviews

Very quick, difficult and exciting hike with a wonderful view from the top. Came back down the orange and black and was back to the parking lot in a little over an hour.

Carter Light
8 months ago

7 Completed1 Reviews

A great hike that is extremely rewarding once you hit the top!

Dan Boudreau
8 months ago

10 Completed10 Reviews

Not as hard as people said but nerve racking if you fear heights. Lots of hands on climbing using ladders built into the cliff face. I did with my 11 year old daughter and she loves it!

Nicholas Pouliot
9 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Molly Demoss
9 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

C R
9 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Michelle Rozich
10 months ago

7 Completed1 Reviews

My favorite hike at Acadia!

Kerry Fields
10 months ago

15 Completed1 Reviews

One of the most exciting hikes I have been on. No special equipment needed just be ready for a rigourous and mentally trying trail.