Acadia National Park - Canada Cliff Loop



Starting from ME Route 102, continue south through Somesville and past Echo Lake. The Echo Lake Entrance is on the right. The Beech Cliff Trail head is located at the far end of the parking lot.


The trail becomes rugged and steep with a series of iron ladders that lead to the top of Beech Cliff. The top of Beech Cliff offers views of Echo Lake below and views toward the ocean (see note below). The Canada Cliff Trail leads to the left along the top of the cliff. The hike bears left at each junction and descends through a mixed forest leading back to the entrance of the parking area.

Note: At the top of Beech Cliff, an optional 0.4 mile loop hike is to the right following the Beech Cliff Loop.

Other Information

The Beech Cliff Trail was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930's. The CCC had two camps located in Acadia National Park. One was at McFarland Hill, where the park's headquarters is today, and the other was on the southwest side of the island. A good deal of their work involved trails. The crew at McFarland Hill mainly rehabilitated older hiking trails on the east side of the Island built by local village improvement societies. The crew on the southwest side, however, expanded the trail system on newly acquired park land.

Dogs are not allowed on this trail.

Geocaching is prohibited within Acadia National Park; however, the park does sponser an EarthCache Program for those seeking a virtual treasure hunt!

Trail Manager

Visit Acadia National Park online for more information or contact

National Park Service
Acadia National Park
P.O. Box 177,
Bar Harbor, ME. 04609
Phone: (207) 288-3338

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avatar bfruegerSeptember 27, 2012, 5:40 am EST

This is one of my favorite hikes in Acadia National Park! It is not too long, has great views and lots of cliffs and ladders and is pretty rigorous. It is also on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island so it isn't one of the hikes that can be overrun with people during the summer. I recommend spring or fall.

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Photo courtesy:National Park Service

This hike includes a series of iron ladders that lead to the top of Beech Cliff with views of Echo Lake, other mountains, and the ocean.

Quick Facts

  • Hiking / Walking
TownMount Desert, Southwest Harbor
Length1.8 miles, Network
SurfaceRocks/Ledge, Dirt/Forest Floor
PetsNot Permitted
Other ActivitiesNone

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