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Found the Ladders!

We were on vacation with our four kids, ages 6,8,10, and 12. The kids were really looking forward... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Muskego, WI
Beautiful hike

Beech Cliff Loop is one of our favorite places to see Echo Lake from above. It is hard to find... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Newton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were on vacation with our four kids, ages 6,8,10, and 12. The kids were really looking forward to climbing ladders on a hike. The Beech Cliff loop only took us 30 minutes from the parking lot, but the kids were disappointed that we didn't...More

Thank BethWI
Reviewed 3 days ago

Beech Cliff Loop is one of our favorite places to see Echo Lake from above. It is hard to find parking, but if you can find it, you should definitely try this out! It's a quick loop, so you can easily do this and also...More

Thank ashleyepstein
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can drive most of the way from Somesville up toward Beech Cliff. The short hike is moderate, and all is worthwhile when you reach the summit - and see the Island.

Thank travelerwayne1997
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I chose this as our family's first hike on our recent visit to Acadia because I wanted to be sure that all four of us had a chance to complete a hike on one of the park's ladder trails. I was determined to complete the...More

Thank Chris K
Reviewed 15 July 2018

We stumbled on this trail from the other direction and didn’t actually do the ladders.( I wish we had!). You can access the trail from the parking lot on other side and reach the beautiful views without using the ladders-which might be good for those...More

Thank Scrumptious48
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Fun hike with 4 ladders to climb before reaching the summit. It’s a short 1.8 mile hike but it is steep with a small section of rocks to climb over just before the overlook area.

Thank Tracie F
Reviewed 18 May 2018

From Portland, OR and this hike rivaled the best that the Columbia River Gorge has to offer. Definitely worth it!

Thank Curt B
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

This hike is relatively short to the top — less than a mile. It climbs steeply from the Echo Lake parking area up to the Cliffs. There are 3-4 ladders on the trail too. Great rewards at the top with spectacular views of Echo Lake...More

2  Thank MidwestSailor83
Reviewed 27 October 2017

We accidentally went on this trail (Beech Cliff Trail) from the parking lot of Echo Lake Beach Road and kept going up until we needed to climb ladders after ladders all the way to the top of the cliff. It was fun, and actually not...More

Thank Cellowu
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

my kids really wanted to do a ladder hike while we were in acadia--we settled on this one based on great advice from our vrbo owner! our six year old handled it like a champ and had no issues with the strenuous climb. and the...More

Thank Megan H
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