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Precipice Trail

Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Great Experience

Very strenuous climb, but so worth it. The views are beautiful. But apart from the views is the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Claudia R
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Beehive is better

This is the most difficult non-technical hike in the park, with lots of climbing ladders. If... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
DCWWPNY
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White Plains, NY
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Half-mile long trail for experienced hikers at Acadia.
  • Excellent89%
  • Very good7%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“iron rungs” (30 reviews)
“closed due” (11 reviews)
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Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
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"iron rungs"
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"afraid of heights"
in 38 reviews
"closed due"
in 11 reviews
"parking lot"
in 27 reviews
"upper body strength"
in 6 reviews
"challenging hike"
in 10 reviews
"narrow ledges"
in 8 reviews
"proper equipment"
in 2 reviews
"long legs"
in 2 reviews
"long lunch"
in 2 reviews
"mountain face"
in 2 reviews
"shuttle drops"
in 2 reviews
"physical shape"
in 6 reviews
"hiking boots"
in 10 reviews
"peregrine falcon"
in 5 reviews
"nesting season"
in 3 reviews
"take your time"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very strenuous climb, but so worth it. The views are beautiful. But apart from the views is the feeling of accomplishment from the climb. I came and conquered!!!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the most difficult non-technical hike in the park, with lots of climbing ladders. If you're looking for a challenging hike, go for it. But for the amount of effort, the views were disappointing. I recommend Beehive instead -- it's a little easier, but...More

1  Thank DCWWPNY
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

This is quite a fun hike, you'll see why once you get up a ways. Every time you take a minute to rest or wait on someone, turnaround and take in the beauty. I recommend doing the Beehive Trail before this one. Two Reasons, Beehive...More

7  Thank Ben D
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Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

Precipice is an excellent hike, and probably my favorite in Acadia. It’s a rather short hike, but I can’t stress the importance of taking your time on this trail. There’s a bit of a rock scramble in the beginning, so be prepared for that. The...More

3  Thank mineoc13
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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

Not for the faint of heart or anyone afraid of heights; probably the most dangerous hike of Acadia but boy, is the view worth it. It's more of a rock climb than a "hike". Have the proper equipment and be in good physical shape. Plenty...More

5  Thank Mal S
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Reviewed 17 November 2017

This trail is not for the people that are afraid of heights. I also do not think it is quite safe trail for younger kids. There are lots of ladders and narrow walkways along the steep cliff. After overcoming the big boulder at the beginning...More

2  Thank Olga O
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

If you are NOT afraid of heights and love to hike, this is the trail for you! My husband & I love this kind of adventure. We did the hike right after we watched the sunrise atop Cadillac Mountain, which was perfect! It was a...More

3  Thank Beth R
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

My husband was not all about doing this hike, but I talked him into it. I'm 41, he's 53, we're in average condition. In researching the trail I kept looking for advice about when during the day to start to avoid crowds and didn't find...More

1  Thank lrltshw
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

This was a really fun trail. Some of the photos make the path look even more extreme than it was in real life. But still you would never want to bring kids on this trail and you should use extreme caution. I'm in my 40s...More

3  Thank Paul R
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

This was the highlight of our trip!!!! If you are in reasonable shape and not completely terrified of heights, quit outthinking it and DO IT. I, too. almost psyched myself out of it by watching you tube videos, but I'm really glad I didn't. We...More

5  Thank Carol M
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jimdink
29 February 2016|
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jimdink
29 February 2016|
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The drop offs are significant
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