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Precipice Trail

Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Don't overthink it!

Almost talked myself out of it by looking at pictures and You Tube videos, and am so glad I went... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Marina T
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Bethesda, Maryland
Go Early when it’s dry

This hike was perfect for a thrilling hike with lots of elevation gain. The ladders and cliffs were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cmac2385
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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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Half-mile long trail for experienced hikers at Acadia.
  • Excellent89%
  • Very good7%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“iron rungs” (32 reviews)
“fear of heights” (26 reviews)
“closed due” (11 reviews)
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Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
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"iron rungs"
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"fear of heights"
in 26 reviews
"closed due"
in 11 reviews
"parking lot"
in 27 reviews
"upper body strength"
in 6 reviews
"challenging hike"
in 10 reviews
"cliff face"
in 4 reviews
"narrow ledges"
in 8 reviews
"proper equipment"
in 2 reviews
"long legs"
in 2 reviews
"long lunch"
in 2 reviews
"shuttle drops"
in 2 reviews
"physical shape"
in 6 reviews
"hiking boots"
in 10 reviews
"peregrine falcon"
in 5 reviews
"nesting season"
in 3 reviews
"take your time"
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Reviewed yesterday

Almost talked myself out of it by looking at pictures and You Tube videos, and am so glad I went for it. It was so much fun! I do have a fear of heights - but managed even so. I never looked down - only...More

Thank Marina T
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hike was perfect for a thrilling hike with lots of elevation gain. The ladders and cliffs were alittle scary but doable for a moderately fit person. We were very happy we stared the hike around 8am because the trail was not busy and the...More

1  Thank Cmac2385
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were fortunate to hike both Beehive and Precipice with our teenage boys this last week of July. The trail had only been open for a few weeks - post Peregrine Falcon nesting season. It was great for us to start with Beehive to give...More

Thank SteveBinkley
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was the most strenuous and dangerous trail I have ever done yet it was the most rewarding and exhilarating experience. Yes, there are quite a few ways you could get injured or worse but that adds to the excitement. The views are amazing...even if...More

1  Thank TCol10
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Once I learned that the Precipice Trail had reopened just in time for my trip to Acadia last week I was determined to complete this hike. My family had visited Acadia when I was young and I had been too intimidated by the first obstacle...More

8  Thank Chris K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This trail is very steep and challenging. There are many sections where the trail is so close to the edge of the cliff that you have to hold on to iron rungs and there are also some places where you have to climb up ladders....More

3  Thank Noah L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did this trail today. When I read the descriptions, looking at the elevation and the length of the trail, I said, how can this be rated hard? Sure this is not comparable to the hikes we did at Rocky Mountain national park. Trust me,...More

2  Thank Shullen
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great way to get a great workout, and not something for those afraid of heights. The climb up to the cliff-side trail itself is challenging and will leave you wanting to go back, but the hike up the cliffs is great. There...More

1  Thank Seth M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ok SO. my boyfriend told me this would b a fun easy hike bc some 70 year olds on yelp said they had a lot of fun doing it. I agreed to come with him. We start climbing. It's STRENUOUS. i feel terrible bc I'm...More

9  Thank lewellenlcp
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very strenuous climb, but so worth it. The views are beautiful. But apart from the views is the feeling of accomplishment from the climb. I came and conquered!!!

2  Thank Claudia R
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lilyroselink
28 July 2018|
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Response from Seth M | Reviewed this property |
It is supposed to be closed until August 15th, but you can check with the National Park Service first as they can theoretically open it sooner. This year they opened it in July. I personally don't plan on hiking it until at... More
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jimdink
1 March 2016|
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Response from malitz11 |
Yes!
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jimdink
1 March 2016|
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Response from malitz11 |
The drop offs are significant
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