The Beehive, gives the term 'hiking' a new dimension

The Beehive - Acadia National Park - ME Travel Blog

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The first rungs, still simple, no abyss below

Damn! I wrote the whole story... And then hit the wrong tab in my browser and closed the unsaved message... Well, let's start over again.

I am still in Acadia National Park and mentioned that I always HAD the idea that, for spectacular hikes, one had to go to the west coast, to parks like Grand Canyon and Zion. How wrong I was! Today I did one of the most thrilling hikes ever, right here on the east coast, in Acadia National Park. Not on a high elevation mountain, just on a simple 158-meter (520 ft) high mountain, the Beehive, just half the height of the highest point in the Netherlands...

The Beehive trail is only 1.3 kilometers (0.8 mile) in length, the catch here is its steepness, which gives hiking a whole new meaning.

The Beehive seen from Gorham Mountain, note the climbers
The trail starts very pleasantly, in a nice forest, with hardly any climbing. But, after only 300 meters this suddenly changes. At first one only needs to climb some nice granite slabs, but soon after that things get really steep, and the ridge one walks on can become very narrow at some places. The park service provided some aides, at one place, where the ridge is too narrow an iron grid has been added to broaden the "path". At other places, where one has to climb really steep, iron rungs have been attached to the rocks so one has some grip or step. But, only very limited, one still has to find cracks in the rocks to finish an ascent.

The thrill is from the small ledges and the steep abysses. If you do not take care where you walk or loose grip on the rungs you will fall mercilessly into the steep abysses, as happened last year to a hiker. He survived, but only because his backpack prevented him from rolling over the edge after falling an initial 5 meters (15 ft) see here.

On my way back to the car, at the shore

I have hiked quite a lot of spectacular hikes in my hiking career, I still don't know why, but this hike thrilled me extremely, and I was glad I finally made it to the top. The way down is less steep, besides that I decided to add some mileage to my hike by hiking via another mountain, the 160-meter (525 ft) high Gorham Mountain. Compared tot he Beehive this is a very simple hike, very gradually and slowly so I could enjoy the nice views on the sea. The trail ended about 1.5 km from the parking lot so I had to walk that distance along the shore. No punishment, another great path with gorgeous views on the rocky Maine coast.

A nice article on the Beehive is here! And, more pictures below!

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The first rungs, still simple, no …
The first rungs, still simple, no…
The Beehive seen from Gorham Mount…
The Beehive seen from Gorham Moun…
On my way back to the car, at the …
On my way back to the car, at the…
At the feet of the Beehive
At the feet of the Beehive
Still simple, handy stone steps
Still simple, handy stone steps
The typical pinkish granite of the…
The typical pinkish granite of th…
The ridge was made wider with the …
The ridge was made wider with the…
An effort to show how steep the ri…
An effort to show how steep the r…
View on Sand beach and Great Head …
View on Sand beach and Great Head…
On the Beehives summit
On the Beehive's summit
On the Beehives summit
On the Beehive's summit
View on The Bowl Lake from the Bee…
View on The Bowl Lake from the Be…
At the shore of The Bowl Lake
At the shore of The Bowl Lake
At the shore of The Bowl Lake
At the shore of The Bowl Lake
A beaver dam in The Bowl Lake
A beaver dam in The Bowl Lake
The Beehive seen from Gorham Mount…
The Beehive seen from Gorham Moun…
View on Sand beach and Great Head …
View on Sand beach and Great Head…
Some wildlife
Some wildlife
Some wildlife
Some wildlife
Some wildlife
Some wildlife
On my way back to the car, at the …
On my way back to the car, at the…
On my way back to the car, at the …
On my way back to the car, at the…
On my way back to the car, at the …
On my way back to the car, at the…
On my way back to the car, at the …
On my way back to the car, at the…
On my way back to the car, at the …
On my way back to the car, at the…
An impression of the climbing (pho…
An impression of the climbing (ph…
The height profile of my GPS
The height profile of my GPS
The Beehive - Acadia National Park - ME
photo by: mdalamers