The Beehive, gives the term 'hiking' a new dimension
The Beehive - Acadia National Park - ME Travel Blog› entry 649 of 1090 › view all entries
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 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.
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!