Acadia National Park is filled with many interesting trails, but one hike that stands out above others is the Precipice Trail. This short, yet challenging hike ascents 1000 feet up to the summit of Champlain Mountain all while offering a bird’s eye view of the coastline and bay below it.
The Precipice Trail is truly one of the most interesting and unique hikes that I’ve ever done. The trill level of this trail is comparable to Stairway To Heaven in Hawaii or Angels Landing in Zion.
Parking for the Precipice Trail is located in a small lot next to Park Loop Road. This lot can fit a few cars on a first-come-first-serve basis.
To hike the Precipice Trail, you should set aside a few hours. We followed the Precipice Loop route from All Trails which took us about 3 hours with many stops to take photos, videos and enjoy the views.
While this is one of the coolest hikes that I’ve done, in all transparency I will say that I had moments of doubt towards the summit of the climb that I had to push through. I’ve been battling a fear of heights most of my life so completing this hike felt like a big accomplishment.
Yes, the Precipice Trail is much harder than the Beehive Trail. The Beehive Trail is located only 500 feet up the mountain while the Precipice Trail is located 1000 feet up.