Climbing

Basic Information

Rocks
Most cliffs are composed of solid coarse-grained pink granite. The longest routes are three pitches. Otter Cliff and Great Head provide a spectacular setting for sea cliff climbing not commonly available elsewhere.

Safety
Climbers assume responsibility for personal safety. On some routes local climbers maintain fixed protection or rappel stations. Evaluate them before using. At Otter Cliffs, the park maintains fixed anchors on top that must be used instead of trees to belay several climbs. Evaluate them before using also, and notify the park immediately of safety concerns. Climbers at Great Head and Otter Cliffs should know tides and weather forecasts; climbing at these areas is more difficult and dangerous at high tide or with high surf. Climb within your limits.

Instruction/Guiding
Climbing instruction and guiding is available locally from private companies in Bar Harbor.

Guidebook
Grant Simmons, 2015: Rock Climbs of Acadia

Commonly Used Climbing Areas
  • Otter Cliff: 60 foot (18 m) sea cliffs, crack and face climbing, rappel access, routes up to 5.12.
  • Precipice (Center, Left, Right, and Lower walls): 3 pitch routes to 5.12, good corners and thin cracks, some good beginner routes.
  • South Bubble: 1-3 pitch routes, some friction climbing, good beginner routes.
  • Great Head: high grade sea cliff climbing, rappel access, know tides and weather.
Many other small areas are used infrequently and good bouldering can be found along the ocean between Sand Beach and Otter Cliffs, and near Blackwoods Campground.
 
Climbing Regulations
To learn more about groups, commercial use, and route development, visit our Climbing Regulations page.

Climbing Management Plan
To learn more about how and why we manage climbing in the park, visit our Climbing Management Plan page.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone:

(207) 288-3338
General information and questions. The phone is answered weekdays 8 am - 4:30 pm.

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