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Beech Cliff Loop Trail

Intermediate

Trail

0.6 mile 1.0 kilometer point to point
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 17, 2019
Jeremy Winkler
Aug 14, 2019
Daniel Fortea
Jul 10, 2019
Melissa Cameron
Jun 27, 2019
Amanda McLaughlin
Great challenging hike, unfortunately foggy so couldn't see any view 1mi
Sep 9, 2018
Sara Levine
Sep 3, 2018
Michele Stamm
0.6mi
Sep 2, 2018
Prajwal Juvvadi
Jul 26, 2018
Amanda S

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  4.1 from 8 votes

#6615

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#93

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Climbing brief stretches of granite outcrops with trekking poles on Beech Cliff Loop Trail
Sep 20, 2017 near Tremont, ME
View of Echo Lake Beach from the top of the Beach Cliff Trail.
Jul 30, 2017 near Tremont, ME

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