Precipice Trail

#2 of 127 trails in Acadia National Park
Precipice Trail is a 0.8 mile 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 August until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.8 miles 918 feet Point to Point
birding hiking rock climbing forest scramble views
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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 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.

Chris P

5 Completed5 Reviews

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

Ashok Kumar Muthusamy

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

19 Completed21 Reviews

This was the highlight of our visit to Acadia!

Eric Batchelor

15 Completed6 Reviews

one of my favorites

Logan Hester

16 Completed2 Reviews

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

Andrew Karasz

2 Completed1 Reviews

Tyler Casey

14 Completed2 Reviews

Daniel Farrell Jr.

26 Completed17 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

7 Completed1 Reviews

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

Dan Boudreau

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!