Tips For Hiking The Precipice Trail In Acadia National Park

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.

This trail is not for the faint of heart – you’ll need to scramble across giant boulders, climb up metal ladders and walk on narrow ridges that will make your heart skip a beat.

Why Hike The Precipice Trail?

This trail offers jaw-dropping views that look especially stunning in fall as the trees turn to a sea of reds, oranges, and yellows.

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Parking For The Precipice Trail

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.

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How Long Does It Take?

To hike the Precipice Trail, you should set aside a few hours. We followed the Precipice Loop route from AllTrails which took us about 3 hours.

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Is Precipice Trail Scary?

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.

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