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Beech Mountain Trail

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Address: Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
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July 2016

We drove over to "the quiet side of the island" to hike this trail simply because the fire tower was open. So glad we did! There are two trail options from the parking lot. When... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We drove over to "the quiet side of the island" to hike this trail simply because the fire tower was open. So glad we did! There are two trail options from the parking lot. When you enter the Beech Mt trailhead next to the restrooms the trail forks almost immediately, the right trail is a longer less strenuous climb with... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Some of the best parts of Mount Desert Island (MDI) and Acadia National Park are outside of the main tourist trap of Park Loop Road. Make it a priority to hike up the Beech Mountain Trail on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon (1pm-3pm) in order to get a bonus treat of climbing to the top of the old Fire Tower.... More 

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hiked the Beech Mountain trail with our teens in late June during our visit to MDI. Take Pretty Marsh Road just south of Somesville and turn left to drive to the end for Beech Mtn. parking lot. There are multiple trails that originate at the lot, a trail book can be helpful. For the reasonable loop, take the Beech Mtn... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did this hike in the rain. We went up the shorter & steeper trail. The fire tower was open so we went up that too. The ranger answered our questions about the area and took some pics of us. We came down in the longer and less steep trail, but it wasn't easy. There were rest rooms at the... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hiked up Beech Mountain with our 7 and 10 year olds. This is a good moderate hike, which is not too crowded (personally, I prefer the hikes on the western side of Mount Desert Island, outside of the Park Loop Road area). We chose to hike this on the day that they had the open house of the fire... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you leave the parking lot, you walk a little way before coming to a sign that tells you that you can take the shorter but steeper trail (4/10 of a mile) or the longer more gentle trail (7/10 of a mile). We chose the shorter route and quickly found it was rather steep. Both of us were in our... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While it was easy to find the parking lot, not a problem to park because the path is not very busy, we really struggled finding the right path. In the end, I think we did the Canada trail rather than Beech mountain because we spotted the fireman outlook on the next hill up.... But in any event, we enjoyed our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

We went there (3 adults and and a dog) yesterday. We took the easier hike up. There are some steeper parts of the trail but nothing too strenuous. Fantastic view from the top. Then we took the steeper trail down. While I wouldn't want to take it up (I'm 69 and my husband is 72) it wasn't too bad going... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

We did this combined with the Valley Trail. We parked in the tiny parking lot by Long Pond and went out Valley and came back the lower/longer trail on on Beech. We do not recommend doing this...once you hit the summit of Beech (which is gorgeous even from the lower trail!), the hike/scramble/slide back down if pretty treacherous for about... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016

There are two ways to climb Mount Beech Trail, we chose the easier one however, it was not easy in any sense of the word. The views are out of this world and there were so many places to stop (sitting on the side of the mountain) to rest from the climb and look at those views. We made it... More 

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