Best 100 Miles: Precipice Trail, Acadia National Park, ME

This mile of heart-pounding mountain climbing is among the best 100 miles of trail in the whole national park system.
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This mile of heart-pounding mountain climbing is among the best 100 miles of trail in the whole national park system.
precipice trail best 100 miles

The view from Champlain Mountain is your reward for a tough hike on the Precipice Trail. Photo by Sarah Nichols / Flickr

1 mile / Hang On

Why simply hike a mountain when you can climb it? With ladders, iron rungs, and slender rock ridges to help you hoist yourself 1,000 hair-raising feet, this route is more like a jungle gym than a trail. Luckily, you don’t need special gear to scale Champlain Mountain on the Precipice Trail, but a strong grip and nerves of steel wouldn’t hurt. For the effort, you’ll earn big views over an Atlantic coast scattered with chunky granite islands and riddled with watery inlets. Bonus: A spiking heart rate and big dose of adrenaline come free with the terrain.

Trailhead 44.349479, -68.188075
Total hike 2.6 miles (loop via Champlain North Ridge and Orange & Black Trails)
Infonps.gov/acad

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