We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Precipice Trail

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
Activities: Hiking
Description: Half-mile long trail for experienced hikers at Acadia.

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 113 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 100
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Challenging, Strenuous and rewarding

I have done this trail 3 times. I would personally consider it the most challenging in the area- Not because of the length of the hike (relatively short) but the technical... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
JenKevShaw
,
Yarmouth, Maine, United States
Add Photo Write a Review

113 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Yarmouth, Maine, United States
Level Contributor
31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I have done this trail 3 times. I would personally consider it the most challenging in the area- Not because of the length of the hike (relatively short) but the technical difficulty of it. It is not for the faint of heart, dogs or young children as there are several area with rungs and very small cliff side passes. It... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
New Braunfels, Texas
Level Contributor
95 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This hike is challenging and fun. Truly an adventure. If you are brave and courageous...go for it. Be prepared though with proper shoes!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This hike takes you outside your comfort zone quickly, making you wonder "what the heck am I getting myself into?" in the first few minutes. Stick with it though, and you're in for great views and a sense of accomplishment that you survived! It's quite a short hike, but bring lots of water as it can get hot on the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Union City, Pennsylvania, United States
Level Contributor
15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The views are gorgeous and the climb is exhilarating but it is not a easy climb do your research before you do it and wear appropriate clothes and shoes

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
jamesstaci04
Level Contributor
37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

last september i hiked this trail 2 days in a row, great views great workout. I was a bit sore afterwards but it was worth it.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Hartford, Connecticut
Level Contributor
16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I did this trail with my 12 year old daughter and my 65 year old mother. It is thrilling if you like heights and a challenge. My advice is to go very slowly and carefully. Some parts of the trail are rock face with metal ladders up it. My daughter had a hard time, as the rungs are adult size.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 6
Level Contributor
40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

precipice trail is the most popular and dangerous trail in acadia national park. wouldn't recommend it while / short after rain because it can get very slippery and very dangerous. just be aware of the warnings, make sure you have a good stand and don't rush. you'll be fine. the view and the feeling after completing it are simply stunning

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Hanover, NH
Level Contributor
25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

My wife and I hiked the Precipice Trail many years ago, but after reading the reviews here I wanted to add my own comments. Many other reviews are brief and just say this is a great, thrilling trail that you really ought to do "if you can do it". My guess is that many of these brief reviewers are "of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 24
CT
Level Contributor
145 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Started out expecting a good workout and beautiful views but this hike turned into something life-changing (in a good way). I consider myself an above-average hiker the Precipice Trail was a stern dose of reality. Yes, it was challenging and scary at times but the sense of accomplishment when I completed the journey changed me as a person. Absolutely, my... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Florence, Italy
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This was absolutely the most awesome and terrifying trial I've ever done. Although I've always suffered a little of vertigo, I've decided to challenge myself doing this path. Was absolutely worth it! But I'm not gonna do it again!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Precipice Trail also viewed

Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island
Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island
 
Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island
Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island
 

Been to Precipice Trail? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Precipice Trail

Address: Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Acadia National Park

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Precipice Trail staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?