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Acadia National Park - Precipice Loop

This trail system is currently CLOSED. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
This trail system is currently CLOSED. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
Rising over 1,000 feet in 0.9 miles, this climb requires physical and mental strength. It is a rugged, non-technical climb with open cliff faces and iron rungs. It is not recommended for small children, people with a fear of heights, or in wet weather.
Trail Activity
3.1 miles, Network
Bar Harbor
Not Permitted


The Precipice Trail begins with a traverse of rugged talus slope. A wooden bridge and occasional iron handrail allow climbers to traverse narrow, exposed ledges. At the junction with the Orange and Black Path, the Precipice Trail continues to the left. Several series of long iron rungs and ladders lead up the open, vertical cliff face. Upon reaching the summit of Champlain Mountain, climbers are rewarded with impressive views.

Descending the Precipice is dangerous and not advised. Return on the Champlain North Ridge Trail. This is a moderately steep descent on open granite. At the next junction, in 0.6 miles, turn right onto the Orange and Black Path (turning left will take you onto the Champlain North Ridge Trail and to a small alternate parking area on the Park Loop Road). There are several steep sections, so care is advised. At the base of a stone staircase, the Orange and Black Path splits. A right traverses the steep slope of Champlain's East Face and intersects with the Precipice. For an easier return to the parking lot, turn left and continue down to the Park Loop Road. A right on the loop road leads back to the parking lot. Watch for traffic.

Other Information

Geocaching is prohibited within Acadia National Park; however, the park does sponsor 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

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

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Trail Tips

Respect Wildlife
Keep wildlife wild: do not feed, follow, approach, or otherwise harass wild animals. Doing so may alter their natural behaviors.
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Trailhead Information

Starting from ME Route 3, turn off at the Hulls Cove Entrance to the park and the beginning of the Park Loop Road. Follow the Park Loop Road 2.8 miles before turning left onto the one way section toward Sand Beach. The trail begins at the Precipice parking lot, approximately 1.5 miles past Sieur de Monts Spring.

During the busy summer months, leave your car at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and take the Island Explorer Bus.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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j.r. libby
July 04, 2017
Nice trail but unless you're experienced in climbing, walking along very narrow cliffs, and climbing ladder rungs, you should avoid this trail. A number of people have fallen off the narrow cliffs and been killed.
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Trail Alerts

Annual Peregrine Closure
March 15 – August 15

These cliffs and surrounding areas are used by Peregrine Falcons, a state-listed endangered species, for nesting and rearing young fledglings. Peregrine falcons are very sensitive to disturbance near the nest site. To protect the peregrine chicks, certain areas are closed when the peregrines are nesting, generally from March 15 to August 15. Check your hiking route to make sure that the trails you wish to use are open. Acadia closures are listed here.

COVID-19 Closures in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is under limited operations due to COVID-19. Some facilities may not be available and staffing may be limited. Visitors should adjust their expectations accordingly and should practice social distancing, personal hygiene, and other behaviors to avoid infection in public areas. Visitors should not rely upon site staff to ensure their protection from contagious disease.

Please note the following restrictions in place as of June 1:

  • The Park Loop Road and most hiking trails are open
  • Carriage roads are open for pedestrian use only as crews continue work on blow downs, trenches and other hazards caused by winter storms. Bicycles and horses are prohibited until repairs are completed.
  • Rangers providing limited services in open air tents outside the Hulls Cove Visitor Center
  • Campgrounds will open no sooner than July 1
  • All persons entering Maine must quarantine for 14 days
  • Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited
  • The Island Explorer bus service is indefinitely postponed for 2020

Visit Acadia's website for more specifics about which trails and facilities are open and which remain closed.


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