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greenBlue Beech Cliff Loop Trail

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Trail

0.6 mile 1.0 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 122' 37 m
Descent: -55' -17 m
High: 598' 182 m
Low: 483' 147 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Greg Reasor

An easy lollipop loop to the top of granite cliffs overlooking Echo Lake Beach.

Greg Reasor

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Views

Description

Access this trail by driving south to the end of Beech Hill Rd at the Beech Mountain Trail Parking Lot. At the north end of the lot, across the road, is the trailhead marker.

Begin this lollipop loop trail heading eastward through a heavily wooded singletrack trail that ascends gradually upward. At 0.2 miles, the trail connects with the Beech Cliff Trail and Canada Cliffs Trail to the right, and to its own return loop to the left. Continue forward, northeast, and you'll soon reach a series of weathered granite outcrops that afford views of Mount Desert Island in all directions.

The trail turns north along the cliffs and one can look down on Echo Lake and Echo Lake Beach, the only lake in the Acadia National Park that allows swimming. We saw kayakers and swimmers there on Labor Day. At 0.4 miles, the trail takes a hairpin turn south through the woods. At 0.6 miles, one reaches the junction again with Beech Cliff Trail and Canada Cliffs Trail. Turn right and descend. Return the way you came, but come back changed.

Flora & Fauna

Beech trees and various evergreens dot this area. Hawks and turkey vultures loop the skies. Peregrine falcons may be spotted in the spring.

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Sep 9, 2018
Sara Levine
Sep 3, 2018
Michele Stamm
0.6mi
Sep 2, 2018
Prajwal Juvvadi
Jul 26, 2018
Amanda S
Jun 14, 2018
Sally Shabbott
Oct 11, 2017
Eve Smallwood
Wow! This trail requires little effort and has huge payoffs in terms of views. Gradual 0.2mi up through the forest, counterclockwise at the loop to... 0.8mi
Aug 17, 2017
Doris Völkel Wagner
Jul 31, 2017
Mikaela Emilsson

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  4.0 from 6 votes

#6599

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#94

in Maine

#6,599

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