Day 168: We Hiked The Precipice Trail!


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Precipice Trail, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME. We used our America The Beautiful to get in and saved the $35/car. We’ve wanted to do this trail since we first learned of it. Rising over 1,000 feet in 0.9 miles, the Precipice Trail requires physical and mental strength. It is a rugged, non-technical climb with open cliff faces and iron rungs. Upon reaching the summit of Champlain Mountain, climbers are rewarded with impressive views. It is not recommended for small children, for people with a fear of heights, or for anyone in wet or even damp weather.

We took the Precipice Trail to Champlain North Ridge Trail to Orange and Black Trail for about a 3.2 mile loop, 1,059’ elevation). It was plenty of work but each set of rungs or climb had a little spot that you could pull over and rest for a few minutes. The view at the top was incredible. The path down went along the cliff via a different route and was just as impressive. Whoever built these trails, you rock.


difficulty: 6.5

Bay Harbor Lobster Co, for a lobster roll. $30 but it’s just one of those things you have to have at least 1x in Maine.


Udder Heaven Ice Cream Retreat, Bar Harbor, ME. I got Maine Blueberry and Heath Bar and Chris got Maine Blueberry and Butter Pecan. Best blueberry ice cream ever. Super creamy blueberry base with fresh wild blueberries mixed in.


The park loop road to see Thunder Hole. It only makes its signature sound 1-2 hours before full tide and we weren’t there at the right time. Even so, it was cool to see where it happens. Just up the road from it was Monument Cove, a little area with interesting rock formations. We decided to continue on the park loop and see what else this road offers. The drive takes you through thick forest, along rocky coastline and mountains. It’s a quiet and peaceful a drive in the evening. We found the perfect spot watch the sunset over the mountains. The end of a perfect day.


Port Inn, Bar Harbor, ME. Very comfortable and walking distance to town. I’m taking points off for the pathetic breakfast.

Price: We used 35,000 points for a $250/night room.


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