Showing posts from November, 2010

Great Head Trail, Acadia National Park

Distance: ~1.4 mi (2.3 km) round trip
Highest elevation: ~150 ft (46 m)
Elevation gain: ~150 ft (46 m)
Date: November 24, 2010

The Great Head Trail in Acadia National Park is a loop trail around the small peninsula just east of Sand Beach on the eastern side of Mount Desert Island.  This is a fairly easy trail with a short steep section after crossing the beach.

The trail begins from the Sand Beach parking area, crosses Sand Beach, and then climbs up the sides of the Great Head peninsula.  Once on top of the peninsula the loop portion of the trail is fairly flat and takes you out to some rocky cliffs with views of the ocean, Sand Beach, and the Beehive.

During the summer Sand Beach is one of the most popular areas of the park and can be very crowded, and parking may be limited, so consider taking the free Island Explorer bus around the park.

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The Precipice Trail, Acadia National Park

Distance: ~1.6 mi (2.6 km) round trip
Highest elevation: 1,058 ft (322 m)
Elevation gain: 958 ft (292 m)
Date: November 24, 2010

The Precipice is perhaps the best and most challenging trail in Acadia National Park.  The trail ascends nearly 1000 feet up the vertical eastern face of Champlain Mountain.  I did this hike on a chilly and windy November day when there only a couple other people in the park and none on this trail.

The trail begins at the Precipice trailhead on the Park Loop Road south of Bar Harbor.  The trail begins gaining some elevation for a short distance until you reach the bottom of the cliff.  Next comes the best part of the hike when you reach ladder rungs inserted into the granite of the cliff.  You also have to  walk along several narrow exposed cliff edges, only a few of which have railings, in order to reach each following set of ladders.

The views from this trail are fantastic and are well worth it.  During my visit the prevailing winds were coming from the w…