Beech West Ridge Trail

Southwest Harbor, Maine

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This is the roughest way up Beech Mountain, climbing about 700 feet in less than a mile from the shore of Long Pond along the mountain’s west face. The Beech West Ridge Trail starts easily enough, giving no hint of the rugged ascent ahead. The trail begins along Long Pond and heads through some tall cedars with views across the water of 949-foot Mansell Mountain. At 0.3 mile, after passing a private home along the pond, the trail heads right (east) away from the pond and crosses the foot of a private footpath and skirts a gravel drive. Soon the trail begins its steep ascent over a smooth rock slab that can be extremely slick when wet.
Hiking Acadia National Park

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Hiking Acadia National Park

by Dolores Kong & Dan Ring (Falcon Guides)

This is the roughest way up Beech Mountain, climbing about 700 feet in less than a mile from the shore of Long Pond along the mountain’s west face. The Beech West Ridge Trail starts easily enough, giving no hint of the rugged ascent ahead. The trail begins along Long Pond and heads through some tall cedars with
views across the water of 949-foot Mansell Mountain.

At 0.3 mile, after passing a private home along the pond, the trail heads right (east) away from the pond and crosses the foot of a private footpath and skirts a gravel drive. Soon the trail begins its steep ascent over a smooth rock slab that can be extremely slick when wet.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Southwest Harbor
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 to 3 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 Beech West Ridge Trail

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