Beehive Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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.
The Beehive Trail is not for the faint of heart or weak of limb, nor for anyone afraid of heights or crowds. It features an almost perpendicular climb up iron rungs at its steepest and a Grand Central Station–like atmosphere at its busiest. So crowded is the narrow trail during the peak summer season that, from a distance, people climbing up and down it look like bees swarming around a hive. The Beehive, a 520-foot-high granite dome overlooking Sand Beach, was named by nineteenth-century artist Frederic Church of the Hudson River School for its jagged, glacially carved face."