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Beech Mountain Trail

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Address: Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Great for snowshoeing in winter

We were lucky to find a little spot at the end of the road about .3 miles from the parking lot, due to the 2 feet of snow. We snowshoed in taking the Canada Cliff trail which was... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2017
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Trenton, New Jersey
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Trenton, New Jersey
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

We were lucky to find a little spot at the end of the road about .3 miles from the parking lot, due to the 2 feet of snow. We snowshoed in taking the Canada Cliff trail which was not difficult, but it was beautiful to look out over Echo Lake. The descent was fun, and someone had placed a few... More 

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Montoursville, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

We took the Sunset Hike led by Park Ranger Patrick - it was the last ranger led hike of the season. It was cool out, so we wore layers, it got pretty hot climbing even in cool weather; water and a hiking pole came in handy. Parts of the hike are strenuous, but very manageable. The Ranger was very knowledgeable... More 

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Collinsville, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

This trail was so beautiful. The views are breathtaking from the top. You can climb up the first set of stairs on the fire tower, but not to the top. There is a fork in the loop shortly after you start down the trail. Take the right fork, which is the longer way to the top, for a more gradual... More 

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West Sand Lake, New York, United States
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Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

If you want to explore the quieter side of Acadia, this is a wonderful hike. We started and ended at the east end of Long Pond. A steady climb for a couple of miles to the summit through lovely forest and climbing over a few large boulder areas was occasionally challenging but worth the effort. Don't forget to stop every... More 

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Reviewed 6 September 2016

moderately strenuous hike, with good shade on the trails, and rewarding views at the top. Parking lot is small and fills up quickly in the summer, so arrive early

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New Jersey
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Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

We hiked up the shorter, more strenuous route with a 4yo. Once you're high up enough to see a view you can stop on some large flat rocks for picture or snack break. The fire tower wasn't open on the day we were there but you can still climb halfway up the stairs to a landing for a nice view.... More 

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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

The loop trail is about three miles in length with the highlight being a peak view at a fire towe offering breathtaking view of surrounding lakes and bays.

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San Anselmo
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Reviewed 4 August 2016

The photo for this is of Beech Cliff, not Beech Mt. Please correct this. The BMT is good, but you should stay on the Bar Harbor side of the island. Much better trails--Gorham, the Beehive, the Precipice, Champlain Mt., Dorr, etc. Do the park loop and leave MDI! It's the best. The last time I hiked up Beech Mt. There... More 

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PA
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Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

We drove over to "the quiet side of the island" to hike this trail simply because the fire tower was open. So glad we did! There are two trail options from the parking lot. When you enter the Beech Mt trailhead next to the restrooms the trail forks almost immediately, the right trail is a longer less strenuous climb with... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 28 July 2016

Some of the best parts of Mount Desert Island (MDI) and Acadia National Park are outside of the main tourist trap of Park Loop Road. Make it a priority to hike up the Beech Mountain Trail on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon (1pm-3pm) in order to get a bonus treat of climbing to the top of the old Fire Tower.... More 

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