When my family and I first got out of the car at Acadia, Beehive was in full view. We couldn't believe how much the hikers were "climbing" as opposed to hiking. My cousin had been a park ranger at Acadia and said that it was a hike that would "get your heart pounding". What I thought he meant by this was that it was a steep incline and would be physically exhausting, however, I soon realized that he meant it would be quite frightening - especially if you're at all afraid of heights. You are relatively exposed during the climb and have quite a few verticals. I would recommend going early in the day when less visitors are on the trail and it is a little cooler; the rock and iron bars will start getting hot as the day progresses. My brother and I found this hike absolutely exhilarating. My parents were happy they did it, however, they vowed that they will never do a hike like it again.