Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail

Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail

Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail
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Nicolette Coffey
Westminster, MD23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The Beehive portion of this hike is amazing! My teens (17 & 19) and my husband and I (47 & 48) LOVED it. We got to the Beehive section on a weekday around 11:00 am and it was crowded but not awful. This is a climb, not just a hike. While not one of the highest summits in the area, it has one of the steepest inclines to reach its top.

I am not afraid of heights; I love hiking “strenuous” trails and still my body had a physiological flutter of fear when climbing some of these rungs. It was exhilarating but if you are the least bit afraid of heights I suggest you skip the Beehive portion.

You’re in full sun, so wear SPF. It’s a short but intense trail so we paired it with a few others yet decided that on a hot day Beehive would pair well with a few hours at Sand Beach playing in the water.
Written 7 July 2023
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Steve N
Greensboro, NC195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Fantastic climb and amazing views on the way! A little scary in a few areas but over all a great climb to the top. Would not try if raining and slippery conditions
Written 12 June 2023
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cynthia_mn
Minneapolis, MN107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Surprised by a short snow squall near the summit. This was a great adventure for these 2 visitors from Minneapolis. Gorgeous views. The rock climbing part was not too challenging and we enjoyed our hike
Written 20 November 2022
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Jonita
Kaunas County, Lithuania1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
Fascinating hike. We we're a bit worried to go after reading reviews, but it was so much fun! For the first hike ever it was a bit challenging, but only in a good way. We really enjoyed it so did not we only completed Beehive trail, but also Champlain Mountain trail as well. Definitely was a bit challenging but totally worth it!
Written 13 September 2022
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Kim
42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We loved this trail. Although it can be scary for those with a fear of heights, two members of our group with that fear enjoyed the trail immensely. Their advice would be "Don't look down! Concentrate on the trail." Although the hike requires climbing over rocks and metal bars, it is not as strenuous as it seems. Good hiking shoes are highly recommended. It took us about an hour going up the trail and also going down it (not counting the time we spent taking pictures). We would definitely recommend the Beehive Loop -- it was our highlight of Acadia.
Written 10 August 2022
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NCTraveler
Currituck, NC82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I completed this hike with my son 28 July 2022, a bright sunny/hot day, and we had a blast. We are both intermediate level hikers and backpackers and have never done any technical/rope climbing. I’m not very excited about walking next to a sheer drop off, and I’m a little afraid of heights. I was pensive in my preparation, but had a lot of confidence in our abilities. I’m not in excellent shape, but more than capable of hiking 5 miles or so. My son and I found this hike/climb easy (I was the only one winded) and very rewarding.

Here are my recommendations that I would’ve wanted to know prior to embarking on this adventure.
- Go as early as possible so you can avoid the crowds. If not you will take a long time to complete the hike because of having to wait for people in front of you to navigate the climbing sections.
- The Beehive Loop Trail head is “well marked”, but if you blink you will miss it. Park anywhere around or in the Sand Beach parking areas. If you go past Sand Beach, it is a long way to circle back (like 30-min) because the Park Loop Road is one way.
- Wear decent hiking shoes/boots. We wore good sneakers and slipped more than a few times. The granite rocks have a lot of wear due to the heavy people traffic on the trail.
- I had no idea that the trail has a junction point where you can decide to do the steep climb, or hike the easier way up to the summit. This point is right after the trail section marked with a few A-Frame Barricades from the park service for caution (maybe 10 min into the hike). Ask for the location from other hikers if you are unsure.
- The drop-offs are not as steep as I thought they would be. I had no problem navigating the trail, and I never felt like my safety was in jeopardy.
- I wore an Osprey day-pack and we had water and a few snacks for the summit. I highly recommend bringing a day pack and water, especially if it is a hot day.
Written 5 August 2022
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Katie S
Evansville, IN73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Loved loved loved this trail! The trail has some difficult parts (pulling yourself up on iron bars) but is very doable. Not for people who are afraid of heights. The views at the top are worth it. The trail on the back side of the mountain are easier. Still rock scrambling but not straight up and down.
Written 5 August 2022
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michellehouse
Evansville, IN274 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This trail sounds scary but it really is doable if you have moderate hiking skills and take your time (and don't mind heights). We parked at Sand Beach and cross the road to start the hike. Initial part of the hike is basically scrambling up boulders (reminded me of the base of Devil's Tower). Once it hits the rock face it snakes back and forth across the face with several spots were you are climbing imbedded ladders. We managed to get 4 kids (ages 11, 9, 7, 6) up the trail with minimal difficulty (had to lift the 6 year old a couple spots cause she's not tall enough to reach the handholds). View from the top was amazing. Hike down the back side was more of a rock scramble but would have been easier so if heights are your problem you could probably come up and go back down the back and be fine.
Written 3 August 2022
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Bill S
Greensboro, NC288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Very cool Trail, it overlooks Sand Beach. Parking was tough when I was there. This is a pretty Challenging Trail, almost Rock Climbing. I don't recommend this hike for anyone who has any fear of heights.
Written 31 July 2022
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Rquinn09
Boston, MA476 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This was a challenging hike but so worth it! Because I was visiting Acadia in July, I got here early to ensure parking and to beat the crowds. The Beehive trailhead is just across the street from the Sand Beach Parking lot. It is well marked and the blue blazes are frequent. There are two options for this hike: you can do it as a counterclockwise loop, which includes one way climbs up the rock face, at some parts with ladder rungs. If you are nervous or afraid of heights, this route is not for you. The second option is to do an out and back of the "back side" of the mountain, which is less nerve-wracking and still gets you to the views at the top!

I hiked solo, but felt comforted by the fact that I knew there were people around. The group in front of me even offered to take a few pictures of me as I climbed. I was able to get some amazing shots from the top. I would not recommend taking small children on this hike due to the climbing and the lack of stability. With time at the top for pictures, it took me about an hour round trip.
Written 23 July 2022
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