Precipice Trail

Bar Harbor, Maine

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A dramatic and strenuous cliff climb to the top of Champlain Mountain, this is arguably the most difficult trail—and one of the most spectacular—in all Acadia. Signs caution that the unprepared have been seriously injured or died on this trail; heed the warning.The trail may be closed during peregrine falcon nesting season, spring through late summer, but you may be able to participate in a peregrine watch instead.
Hiking Acadia National Park

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Hiking Acadia National Park

by Dolores Kong & Dan Ring (Falcon Guides)

A dramatic and strenuous cliff climb to the top of Champlain Mountain, this is arguably the most difficult trail—and one of the most spectacular—in all Acadia.

Signs caution that the unprepared have been seriously injured or died on this trail; heed the warning.The trail may be closed during peregrine falcon nesting season, spring through late summer, but you may be able to participate in a peregrine watch instead.

© 2016 Dolores Kong & Dan Ring/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bar Harbor
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 to 4
Season: Late summer to fall
Local Contacts: Acadia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Acadia National Park and Vicinity Map
Topo Map: Precipice Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Acadia National Park Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

8/20/2009

Great trail. Have not seen many trails like this in New England area. Fun climbing the rungs and there are a couple of hairy spots where there are no rails. Really a worthwhile experience.

8/29/2008

Really fun! Not too long (no more than 2 hours to summit). Great views from top. Loved the man-made ladder features. I felt like a mountain goat living on a cliff! Advice to others, though: Don't descend the precipice trail, only go up it, then walk down on one of the ridge trails.

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