The Beehive

The Beehive, Acadia National Park, Maine (5/12/2009)

This is hike #23 ("The Beehive") in "Chapter 2: Down East" of the book Foghorn Outdoors' Maine Hiking (First Edition). This was the fifth of nine hikes we did in Maine the week of May 10.

This is one of the most popular hikes in all of Acadia, and it's easy to see why. It's so much damned fun ... unless you're afraid of heights. It's, for the most part, a straight climb up. At several points there are rungs thoughtfully secured into the granite of the mountain, allowing easy passage. It's an incredibly well-laid hike. Too bad it's so short! We made it to the top in less than 20 minutes, with frequent stops for photos. The Precipice, just north of the Beehive, is a greater challenge but it was closed because of peregrine falcon activity. After getting to the top we trekked to the Bowl, a pond atop the mountain, where Laura dunked her feet in its very cold water.

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The rocky trail head

The Beehive looms in the rear

Sign warning of dangers ahead

View of Sandy Beach near beginning

Stone steps

Horizontal rung

Small horizontal ladder over crevice


More perfectly-placed rungs

Up she goes ...

... with spectacular views

Small breather

View of the Atlantic

More steps and rungs

What a view!

Still more climbing

View southwest

Looking straight up

Tight ledge

View of Sandy Beach

Couple on Sandy Beach

The Atlantic Ocean

Final ascent

Egg Rock lighthouse

Short water break

Last ledge

Frenchman Bay from the top

The Acadia nature cruise

View from the top

[photo by Laura]

Bald eagle south

View south


Egg Rock lighthouse


Lady bug

The Bowl

Dunking her feet

A slightly choppy Bowl

Boardwalk on eastern bank

[photo by Laura]

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