The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~St. Augustine

Beehive, Acadia National Park, Maine January 1, 2007

Filed under: hiking,Maine — tara @ 8:41 pm


Okay. Hiking Beehive Mountain in Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island, Maine. MDI is absolutely my home away from home. There is a ton of stuff to do and see and Beehive is by far one of my favorites. I am a nature freak and love hiking. There are TONS of trails to hike but of course, I go for the challenge. Beehive in my opinion is hardly a mountain BUT it is a very steep climb. The Beehive Trail is rated as “Strenuous” and is approximately 0.8 miles/1.3 km long. Hiking is through woods to exposed cliffs. There are iron rungs on the ledges (my favorite) and very steep dropoffs.
One NO-NO for hikers. Okay a couple NO-NOs: no kids. period. There are no guard rails. Limit backpacks One quick peek back at a friend and that backpack can push you right over the edge. (yes, it can!). No “backing down the trail”. One way. UP. You cannot turn around, you have to hike UP and OVER, then walk down the other side. Fatalities occur most often due to “freaking out” and trying to climb back down. It’s not a long hike but its strenuous climbing, pulling yourself up… so weigh whether this is truly for you and if it is, go for it.
On the other side of Beehive is “the bowl” a wonderful pond with wild blueberry fields all around. You’ll go right by it on your way down from Beehive.
The views from Beehive are unparalleled. Dont go on a foggy day, you’ll want to stand there and gawk at Sand Beach from the ledges.
By the way, in the pictures below, you’ll see I hiked with my son. Once he came along I didnt hike Beehive trail with him. WAY TOO DANGEROUS. There is a way around the backside. I met my party at “the bowl”.
For Trail maps and cautions click here.


Me and Harris hiking

Group Hike


4 Responses to “Beehive, Acadia National Park, Maine”

  1. Maggie Says:

    Oh my gosh how cute with the little one tucked in front!

  2. Rich Says:

    Thanx for interesting infos and shots from your hiking.R

  3. tim Says:

    Dude! We did it backwards. We went 7/8 of the way up. My 12 year old daughter started to freak. My 8 year old son was digging it big time. I have to say I questioned going back down. I’d done many technical climbs in my past and was unsure of the safety factor. But there was no way in hell my daughter was going to go one step further. To my surprise it wasn’t that bad. The big concern was meeting hikers coming up.
    All in all though Beehive is great but The Bowl is a must stop. Great blueberries (late July early August).And a good spot to swim (check for leaches)
    We always spend an afternoon. A word of wisdom is to start at the Bowl and go around to Beehive. The Bowl can then be picked up again. Check your maps. We’ve done this hike since our kids we’re 4 months.
    Love Acadia!…don’t forget the Precipice or the Giant Slide. For the kids Hunter’s Beach.

  4. Jeanette Says:

    It had been some time since I visited web site with such
    high quality information. Thansk so much for the helpful

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