Acadia National Park - Precipice Loop

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
Length
4.0 miles, Network
Difficulty
Advanced
Town
Bar Harbor
Surface
Rock/Ledge
Pets
Not Permitted
Fees
Yes

Description

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. 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
acadia_information@nps.gov

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Trail Tips

Respect Wildlife
Avoid known animal mating or nesting areas during sensitive times.
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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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junior 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.

Trail Alerts

Ecology
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: https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
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