July 16, 2005
Otter Cliffs, which are about 60 feet high, descend to a little ledge just above the water. You begin your climb by rappelling down to this ledge. You then climb back up the cliffs, belayed from above (top roping). Even though the climb is fairly short, the views are spectacular. These are great cliffs for the beginning climber, as they are not too difficult, but astoundingly beautiful and very exciting. The instructors from Acadia Mountain Guides are excellent for beginners and advanced climbers alike, and they can easily teach you all you need to know in less than half an hour. Because all of the routes at Otter Cliffs are close to each other, there is no need to hike a long distance between climbs. This makes the cliffs even better for those with children or only a short time to climb. Overall, the cliffs offer something for everyone. They are in a beautiful spot, have many routes in a small area, and present a good introduction for the beginner climber and a genuine challenge for the veteran.
From journal Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park