Champlain Mountain Beachcroft Trail

(Strenuous hiking, 1.2 miles one-way)

This classic hike winds up and around the beautiful dome of Huguenot Head to the bare summit of Champlain Mountain and wonderful views over ranging from the village of Bar Harbor, Frenchman Bay, and the Schoodic Peninsula to the heights of Dorr Mountain and Cadillac Mountain to The Beehive and Otter Creek.

Find the trailhead on Route 3 adjacent to The Tarn, a pretty glacial pond at the base Dorr Mountain and its precipitous eastern cliffs, just beyond the Sieur de Monts Spring entrance to Acadia National Park a couple miles south of Bar Harbor.

Cross the road and scamper up the granite steps to start your hike. Above, the sidewalk-like trail contours easily up the mountainside, winding up around the western and southern flanks of Huguenot Head on switchbacks before skirting its summit and dipping into a shallow gorge. A short, steep climb follows, leading hikers through a stunted forest of pitch pines before climbing out into the open atop the ridge. The path intersects the Champlain North Ridge Trail before turning right and quickly ending atop the lofty 1,058-foot peak of Champlain Mountain.

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