Beehive Trail

Loop • 1.8 mi • 0 ft

A nearly vertical climb up the 520-foot Beehive using iron rungs rewards you with spectacular close-up views of Sand Beach, Great Head, and the ocean beyond. If you hike this trail in summer, plan to start early or late to avoid crowds.You may then find solitude and even encounter wildlife, like the barred owl we saw early one morning on the way down from the Beehive.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bar Harbor
Length: 1.8 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Strenuous
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 75 feet
Top Elevation: 520 feet
Local Contacts: Acadia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Acadia National Park and Vicinity Map
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Excellent climb up, would recommend alternate route down via the Bowl. Or if you are really up for a hike do the 3.6 miles to Rt. 3 via the South Ridge of Champlain Mountain down to Rt 3 via the Beachcroft trail. Stunning views the entire way!


The view from the top of The Beehive is amazing. You can see Sand Beach and everything around it. The Trail up the front of the is a tough climb, but if you take The Bowl trail the hike up to The Beehive will be lots easier, but a longer hike.

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