Beech Mountain and Cliff Trail

Southwest Harbor, Maine

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A popular destination on the quieter half of Mount Desert Island, this loop over Beech Mountain is two hikes in one. The 2.4-mile trip over Beech Mountain and the 1.4 mile-circuit around Beech and Canada cliffs separately offer expansive views, interesting natural features, and a degree of difficulty that is appropriate for hikers of all ages. Joining them together simply doubles the pleasure. Enjoying the scenery of Mount Desert Island in midsummer or marveling at the diversity of bright autumn colors, hikers will find Beech Mountain and its surrounding cliffs to be a perfect destination from spring to late fall.
Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast

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Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast

by Jeffrey Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

A popular destination on the quieter half of Mount Desert Island, this loop over Beech Mountain is two hikes in one. The 2.4-mile trip over Beech Mountain and the 1.4 mile-circuit around Beech and Canada cliffs separately offer expansive views, interesting natural features, and a degree of difficulty that is appropriate for hikers of all ages.

Joining them together simply doubles the pleasure. Enjoying the scenery of Mount Desert Island in midsummer or marveling at the diversity of bright autumn colors, hikers will find Beech Mountain and its surrounding cliffs to be a perfect destination from spring to late fall.

©  Jeffrey Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Southwest Harbor
Distance: 3.6
Elevation Gain: 780 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: April through November
Trailhead Elevation: 460 feet
Top Elevation: 839 feet
Local Contacts: Acadia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Southwest Harbor
Driving Directions: Directions to Beech Mountain and Cliff Trail

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