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Precipice Trail

Acadia National Park, ME
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Description: Half-mile long trail for experienced hikers at Acadia.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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165 reviews 165 reviews
116 attraction reviews
360 helpful votes 360 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This trail is closed due to falcon nesting from April until early August every year.The trail reopens between August 2-15 ,yet I would check the Acadia park website before planning a trip. This trail has received quite a bit of hype over the years.Deaths ,injuries ,evacuations,lanslides etc.The trail has a few more boulders in the beginning and some added rungs... More

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69 reviews 69 reviews
19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This is a back and for traverse up the side of a mountain. I'm a avid climber and hiker and found this trail an absolute blast! There are iron rungs and ladders built in to the rock face. There are also places when you walk on a ledge a couple feet wide with no railing. There are caves in the... More

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New York City, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I gave three stars for this trail because i think its a very challenging trail with views on top that are not worth to die for. Same views you can see at other points in the park. I am not a hiker but a guy in his early 30s and good in shape. I was able to hike this trail... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

I've hiked almost every trail on the island, and always look forward to this one. It's not for acrophobes, but it is perfectly safe if you are careful. There are plenty of iron rails and ladders where needed. It's fine for kids that can follow instructions.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

The precipice trail is one of the most challenging hikes in Acadia National Park. The trail features moderate to strenuous terrain that includes boulders, ledges and iron rungs. This hike is very demanding, as you have to climb up multiple exposed ladders and steep rock formations. If you decide to do this hike you should obey all of the warning... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Awesome hike packed into a sub 2 mile package. Well worth the accelerated heart rate! A very diverse path, with a few calm walking sections (very few), ladder sections, foot bridge sections, and even some crawling to got in and out of boulderous areas. (Haha). The end justifies the means. Tremendous views of the park and ocean as well as... More

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North Brunswick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

From the closest parking lot, you climb a boulder field for quite a ways that is steep. You get a few warm up ladders, climb thru rocks and a short ledge just to get to the Precipice trail head. It seems the folks that put the ladder iron in designed it for someone 6ft tall. I am 6ft and found... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I both agree this was a great hike but we both felt like the trail was getting harder and more scary as we went along and it was a little anxiety provoking not knowing just how much harder and scarier it would be by the end. There really is no way to turn around. I can't imagine... More

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New York City, New York
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65 reviews 65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

While my husband and I hike often and are generally very fit, I was a little wary about the warnings at the start of this trail because we had never done rungs like this before. We ended up doing the Beehive Trail a few days later and I didn't fear for my life on this trail like I did a... More

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Columbia, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Outstanding views. The rungs and ladders were fun and something very different than straight hiking. You are hiking along sheer cliffs, but when you are going up, it is really not too bad (even if you are nervous with heights). We definitely advise to go down from Mount Champlain using one of the trails like Bear Brook, rather than going... More

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