Precipice Trail

Hi guys! It’s not surprising that I’ve been in the outdoors lately. I wanted to blog about this interesting hike that I did a few weeks ago and keep getting questions on. A year ago I saw a picture on IG about this crazy and scary hike from someone that I follow and I told myself “This is sick, I need to go there”  So what do you know, a year later I did my research and found exactly where that picture was from and planned a trip. I would like to make it clear that no I’m not a dare devil, ok well maybe to an extent lol. I know my limits and I won’t try anything that will put me at risk. Before I do things or plan a trip I do my research, I study maps or check reviews. I have to blame the “mother instinct” in me however, if is safe to do so, this girl would be the first one to try it 😉

Precipice Trail is the most challenging and well known hiking trail in Acadia National Park with an exposed and almost vertical 1,000 foot climb up the east face of Champlain Mountain. Technically the trail is only recommended for physically fit and experienced hikers who have no fear of heights. The hike is not recommended during wet conditions; also not recommended for small children. The trail starts up steps and through some boulder scrambles. While officially a non-technical hike due to strategically placed iron rungs, ladders and rock ledges, this is really a climb that requires you to be able to navigate some tricky spots by pulling yourself up. Keep in mind that having good hiking boots is a must! You need to be able to trust them more than anything. It’s a short hike with outstanding views. If you like a challenge, Precipice Trail is the one!

Once again it was a successful trip to Maine although the weather was a little bit chilly and it also rained on Saturday. We were able to visit Thunder Hole and Sand Beach before the rain. Thunder Hole is the place in Acadia National Park to experience the thunder of the sea against the rocky shores of Maine. Thunder Hole is a small inlet, naturally carved out of the rocks, where the waves roll into. At the end of this inlet, down low, is a small cavern where, when the rush of the wave arrives, air and water is forced out like a clap of distant thunder. We went early that day and we didn’t experience the sound of the waves hitting the rocks. If I have to guess the best time to go would be in the afternoon. There were a lot of tourists and a lot of traffic, but again it was Labor Day weekend so it was expected. The view, the waves and the formation of the rocks was just perfect. I’m definitely coming back again to explore the rest of Acadia since we missed a lot thanks to the weather conditions. Cadillac Mountain is on my “Must do” list for my next trip to Acadia National Park.

 On a different note I would like to encourage people to care for their favorite places, to pick up after themselves and others, and then our trails will become self-sufficient, clean, and more enjoyable. Bring bags or find a trash in the area instead of littering. Honestly there’s nothing more upsetting than seeing our beautiful land being destroyed by us. I get it, it can be annoying for a lot of people however, the healthy future of our planet depends on the choices we make today and requires the participation of every person, every community and every country. If enough people continue to feel it is important to keep the environment clean we can all make a difference together.

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