Orange and Black Path East Face Trail

Bar Harbor, Maine

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See evidence of a 2006 earthquake that closed the trail for three years and the craftsmanship that rebuilt it, and get breathtaking views of Frenchman Bay below and Champlain’s precipitous east face above. A recently reopened historic section of the path gives you the chance to imagine yourself retracing the steps of visitors of yore. Nowhere is the force and grandeur of nature, and the handiwork of past and present-day trailblazers, more visible than along the Orange & Black Path. Remnants of a massive rockslide and other damage from a 3.8-magnitude earthquake that struck in October 2006 can still be found along what was formerly known as the East Face Trail. The earthquake caused enough damage to close the trail for three years. The path reopened in the fall of 2009 after it was cleared and rebuilt with dozens of new stairs. First described in the early 1900s, the Orange & Black Path allows access to Champlain via the Precipice Trail (if it’s not closed for peregrine falcon nesting season) or the more gradual Champlain North Ridge Trail, or it can be hiked as a destination unto itself.
Hiking Acadia National Park

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by Dolores Kong & Dan Ring (Falcon Guides)

See evidence of a 2006 earthquake that closed the trail for three years and the craftsmanship that rebuilt it, and get breathtaking views of Frenchman Bay below and Champlain’s precipitous east face above. A recently reopened historic section of the path gives you the chance to imagine yourself retracing the steps of visitors of yore.

Nowhere is the force and grandeur of nature, and the handiwork of past and present-day trailblazers, more visible than along the Orange & Black Path. Remnants of a massive rockslide and other damage from a 3.8-magnitude earthquake that struck in October 2006 can still be found along what was formerly known as the East Face Trail.

The earthquake caused enough damage to close the trail for three years. The path reopened in the fall of 2009 after it was cleared and rebuilt with dozens of new stairs. First described in the early 1900s, the Orange & Black Path allows access to Champlain via the Precipice Trail (if it’s not closed for peregrine falcon nesting season) or the more gradual Champlain North Ridge Trail, or it can be hiked as a destination unto itself.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bar Harbor
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Acadia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Acadia National Park and Vicinity Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Orange & Black Path (East Face Trail)

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