Hike the Beehive Trail at Acadia National Park, Maine
When you find your way up to the glorious summit of the Beehive Trail in Acadia National Park, Maine, realize that a million years ago it was under 10,000 ft of water which explains a lot about the formations. Most of the exposed surfaces are smooth and the fissures have been gracefully carved by a millennia of rushing Atlantic tides.
Beehive Trail Hike Summary
On paper the Beehive Trail in Acadia National Park doesn't look that formidable. You may want to look again. At just over 3 miles in total length and rising a mere 520ft from the trailhead, a good 400 feet of that comes in what can only be described as a granite ladder - straight up. An exhilarating hike - this classic is definitely not for those with a fear of heights!
Beehive Trail Trailhead
Your first test however will come well before you get to the main event. The short approach trail is a challenging hop-scotch across a path of football to truck-size rubble that has found its way down from the peak over the last million or so years. If you don't pass this test, then you should seriously consider turning back.
- Park at the Sand Beach parking lot (restrooms available) or if available, use the free Island Explorer Shuttle bus. We got an early start for ease of finding parking and to avoid a crowded hike.
- The Beehive Trailhead begins across the Park Loop Road from the Sand Beach lot.
- Warning: The Beehive Trail is not suitable for small children and those with fear of heights.