Thing to Do

Hike Beehive Loop

Acadia National Park

person climbing up rocks with a ocean view in the distance

Acadia National Park

view of ocean and a climber reaching the summit
Scenic view from the top of the Beehive

Ashley L. Conti, Friends of Acadia, NPS

Hike Description

  • The Beehive Loop begins on the Bowl Trail across the park loop road from Sand Beach. There is a crosswalk at the top of the entrance to Sand Beach, the Bowl trailhead is located next to it.
  • Follow the Bowl trail 0.2 miles up a creek bed to the trail interesection with the Beehive trail. Beware of loose rock and uneven footing. Proper footwear is recommended.
  • Continue on the Beehive trail which is 0.6 miles and begin ascending the cliff on granite staircases and rock scrambles. As the climb continues set iron rungs are placed to help hikers in more difficult scrambles.
  • As the trail climbs a gorgeous view of the Maine coastline starts to appear above the tree line. Rungs and ladders continue to be place the entire way until the summit is reached. Half way up the Beehive there is a section that involves walking across iron bars instead of solid ground.
  • On the second half of the climbing section there are ladders that require being able to reach above the ladder and grab rungs to assist the climber in reaching the top of a small ledge. As you reach this section of trail the view continues to open up to see Sand Beach and farther up and down the coast.
  • The trail crests over the cliff where there is still about 200 ft of uneven walking to reach the summit of the Beehive at 520-ft above sea-level. Enjoy panoramic vistas in all directions from the summit.
  • The Beehive trail is a loop trail. It is not advised to return down the rung and ladders. The trail continues past the summit and descends down to the Bowl, a small peaceful pond between the Beehive and Champlain mountain. Do note, there are no more rungs or ladders present on the rest of the trail from the summit.
  • The trail continues along the side of the Bowl until you reach a trail intersection that will read the Bowl Trail and Champlain South Ridge trail. Head left and return down the Bowl trail 0.4miles. This is a gradual descent down a dirt trail until it returns to the trail intersection that took the trail up the Beehive.
  • Follow the same 0.2 miles of trail back out to the park loop road to finsih this hike.
Things of note:
  • As the trail descends from the summit of the Beehive. There will be a Bowl Connector trail that is passed. If this connector trail is taken, it does reduce the length of the overall hike from 1.4 mies to 1.2 miles. This connector does miss seeing the Bowl pond.
  • There are a variety of options to extend hikes from the Beehive Loop. Purchasing a park hiking map is an excellent resource to have to create longer hikes that involve the Beehive trail.

Last updated: June 10, 2021