July 15, 2005
The trail starts at the loop road and almost immediately begins its ascent. From the trailhead, the Beehive's namesake is immediately obvious. The mountain has a rounded shape, and its rock formations give it a honeycombed appearance. The Beehive Trail essentially travels up one side of the hive, crests at the top, and then begins a more leisurely descent down the other side. All the while, the hiker is treated to beautiful views of the ocean and the park below. During the descent, the trail snakes through the woods at the base of the mountain, taking a meandering course that eventually returns the hiker to the trailhead at which the hike began. The Beehive is an excellent option if you're new to semi-technical hiking, only have a short time (round-trip is about 2 hours), don't want to pay the entrance fee to the park (the trailhead is located just before the entrance checkpoint), or want to see beautiful views of Acadia from high above. The Beehive is also a great trail for kids, because its ladders, rungs, and cliffs are very exciting, yet it is not nearly as exhausting or dangerous as the Precipice. Overall, the Beehive is a fun and exhilarating hike that is beautiful, thrilling, and family friendly.
From journal Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park