Joe Braun describes the route as follows: "Located roughly a mile north of the Beehive and Sand Beach, Champlain Mountain is the 6th tallest peak in Acadia National Park and the cliffs along its east face are some of the most impressive. The Precipice Trail is an ingenious route that heads up these steep cliffs, navigating the various fault lines and shelf systems. Numerous iron rungs, ladders, handrails, and wooden bridges help hikers at the more difficult and exposed sections. As such, this trail may seem more like a via ferrata climbing route than a simple hike. With a name like "Precipice Trail," you know this is the most difficult and exhilarating hike in the park!"
Photos by Joe Braun
The National Park Service recommends that visitors not descend the Precipice Trail. So, for a car-to-car FKT route we have a loop using Precipice, the North Ridge Trail, and returning via the Park Loop Road.