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“Very challenging”
Review of Precipice Trail

Precipice Trail
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Owner description: Half-mile long trail for experienced hikers at Acadia.
Reviewed 3 March 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 but the trail itself is quite difficult and most importantly unsafe!!! You are literally climping up a cliff for 75% of the trail and the last 25% is more of a hike. I do not recommed this trail to people who are not hikers and just want to climb up because they heard a lot about this trail. Please be careful as you are climbing up a cliff for most part using latches and other support provided. There are points where you are climbing and behind you there is nothing but a deep cliff. Better be safe than sorry!

13  Thank M S
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Reviewed 24 November 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.

2  Thank JamesBabb
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Reviewed 24 October 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 signs, and always stay on the trail. If you attempt this trail you should be in good physical condition. Remember to bring more water and food than you think you will need, as it is never fun to run out of supplies on such a strenuous hike. Also I would recommend doing this climb on a clear and dry day at a time when it has not rained recently as wet conditions make the trail very slippery and nerve-racking.
One of the most amazing aspects of this particular hike is the fact that it provides stunning views of the surrounding landscape nearly the entire time. While the trail is located dangerously on the exposed face of the mountain, it grants an unobscured perspective similar to that at the summit. Likewise, the top provides perhaps the one of the most impressive views in the entire park.
We decided to try this hike on a relatively dry day, however there were still some slippery patches along the trail. As experienced hikers we decided to be cautious and go at a slower pace rather than race to the top. If you are experienced and looking for a challenge, precipice is the perfect hike. However, I would never recommend this trail for beginners. Instead, our favorite trek in the entire park is Penobscot Mountain, a great destination for all levels of experience. The initial climb is not too steep and the second half of the trail is spectacular, as it offers panoramic views the entire way. You can read more on our take on the Penobscot Mountain Trail in our review.

9  Thank BigBear16
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Reviewed 14 October 2013 via mobile

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 the chance to see falcons, eagles, or vultures near the top. The trail has a sign to help differentiate what kind of bird may be soaring by. I'd recommend the hike for anyone with good balance, good grip, strong (ish) legs and a some upper body strength to help out if the legs are getting tired. The trail was clean and well maintained with easy to follow painted markers to keep you on track. We did it in less than 2 hours at a modest clip. Just be smart. Wear good shoes and have fun! If coming down the same route doesn't appeal to you .... Take an alternate trail down to the Park Loop road and walk along the road back to the car. What you gain in distance on the return you recover in speed since it's less dramatic.

6  Thank NCxTraveler
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Reviewed 7 October 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 whenever I reached for something to pull myself along, there was some solid iron. I found all the iron embedded in the rocks was very secure. Some of the iron is missing, but not in bad sections. As we climbed, we kept waiting for the pucker factor to max out and frankly it never did. Sure there are some "fun" sections but never any chance that if you slip you will fall 100's of feet. Not gonna happen. Prior to going we thought it was ladders right up a cliff face with waves crashing over boulders many feet below. Not here! In most sections, if you fell backwards, and missed the climber below you, the drop would be 6 ft or so.
We climbed straight up from parking lot and returned to trailhead by following the orange/brown trail. We found that orange/brown trail to be exhausting! It goes across the same mountain face as Precipice, but is big time up/down with big steps.

I agree with other reviewers that Beehive offers MUCH better views and is a more "fun" trail to conquer. It has some ladder sections and our group agreed it has the single highest pucker factor element that we called "the grate". The Precipice is more technical and physical, the Beehive is more enjoyable.

I would not recommend sneakers at all for either of these trails. The initial boulder field as well as most trails down would be risky for folks in sneakers.

7  Thank wudwork
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