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Precipice Trail free

Park Loop Road | Acadia National Park, Maine
Precipice Trail Photo info
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  • Type: Hiking
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.8)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 3.0 (3.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
About these ratings

The Precipice Trail is one of the most rewarding hikes in the park, as long as you have the guts to attempt it. The challenging path has visitors scrambling up the side of Champlain Mountain by iron rungs and ladders fixed to exposed cliffs, all for a scenic summit and unparalleled view of Sand Beach.

Unfortunately the trail isn't one size fits all. As one TripAdvisor user warns: "If you're short -- I'd say under 5'2 -- you may find this difficult… In some areas, the first rung is a little difficult to reach and some of the steps are rather deep. But if you have someone to help you out, then give it a go!"

The trail's head and parking area is located north of Sand Beach on Park Loop Road. Keep in mind that there are seasonal trail closures from mid March to mid August to protect the nesting peregrine falcons. Check with a ranger or on the National Park's website for more details.

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