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Trail

1.2 mile 1.9 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 353' 108 m
Descent: -353' -107 m
High: 829' 253 m
Low: 477' 145 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)

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Trail shared by James Kaiser

This short loop hike offers great views of western Mount Desert Island with minimal hiking.

James Kaiser

Features Fall Colors · Lake · Views

Family Friendly A relatively easy hike on a mountaintop with great views.

Overview

If you like hikes with nice views but don't like lots of uphill hiking, it's hard to beat Beech Mountain Loop. The trail starts at a parking area near the top of Beech Mountain.

Description

To get to the parking area, turn south onto Beech Hill Road off Route 102 (Pretty Marsh Road) just south of Somesville. Follow the road three miles south until you reach the parking area.

Just past the trailhead the trail forks. Head right and you'll pass great views of Long Pond before ending up at the 839-foot summit of Beech Mountain. Notice the Beech Mountain Observation Tower, which was once used as a fire lookout but is now closed to the public. After enjoying views of the Cranberry Isles from the summit, continue along the trail as it loops back to the parking area.

Thanks to guidebook author and photographer, James Kaiser, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Acadia, check out his .

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Jul 15, 2019
R R
Jul 15, 2019
Michael Ray
Jul 13, 2019
Tom Underwood
Jul 3, 2019
Steve Johnson
nice view on top and in the long portion of the loop. enjoyed the trail 1.2mi — 1h 00m
Jun 15, 2019
Agnes Chan
Jun 15, 2019
Mike Ernst
Jun 2, 2019
Shane Owens
Nov 3, 2018
Andy Messmer

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  4.3 from 14 votes

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