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Visitors stand on summit overlooking sound
Hikers at the summit of Acadia Mountain

Photo by Nathaniel X. Boechat, Friends of Acadia, NPS

 

Park rangers encourage visitors to be cautious and careful on challenging hikes especially in poor weather and as seasons change.

During summer and peak visitation:

  • Some hikes are extremely popular and pose a safety risk when crowded.
  • Follow hike descriptions and recommended routes below to avoid descending dangerous, steep cliffs or iron ladders.

In spring, fall, and winter:

  • Be prepared for early darkness.
  • Ice grippers, cleats, and traction footwear can have little effect on slick, underlying granite surfaces. Trekking poles are highly encouraged.
  • Consider exploring more level options and carriage roads (if open).
 

Summit Hikes

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    Anthony J. Bopp and Francheska Miranda, of Mahopac, NY, share this video clip from their Nov 4 trek of the Precipice Trail. Park rangers encourage visitors to view this footage as a timely, cautionary reminder to take care on challenging trails as seasons and weather conditions change. Be prepared for early darkness. Ice grippers, cleats, and traction footwear can have little effect on slick, underlying granite surfaces. Trekking poles are highly encouraged. As winter approaches, please consider exploring Ship Harbor, Ocean Path, and available carriage roads.

     

    Hiking Rules and Regulations

    • Trail Closures are posted online and at park visitor centers.
    • Pets must be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet (1.8 m) and are not permitted on ladder trails.
    • Do not feed or disturb wildlife. If your presence changes the behavior of any wild animal, you are too close.
    • Bicycles and horses are not allowed on hiking trails.
    • There is no backcountry camping. Fires are permitted only in designated areas.
    • Swimming, wading, and pets are prohibited in public water supplies. Please respect posted regulations at lakes and ponds.

    Trail Safety Tips

    • Check trail elevation profile or a topographic map before hiking.
    • Bring a map, water, snacks, compass, and extra layers for unpredictable changes in weather.
    • Reduce the chance of picking up ticks by staying in the center of the trail, and not stepping on soils and away from brush.
    • Always do a tick check after visiting the park.
    • Closed-toe, good traction shoes are recommended. Most trail surfaces are very unlevel or slippery when wet.

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    Last updated: October 30, 2020

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