We are in our 40's and visited Acadia recently with some family, and our twins, ages 13. We are in pretty good shape, despite the fact that we don't regularly do strenuous hiking. "The Beehive Trail" is more of a climb than it is a hike. There are iron rungs bolted into the giant boulders and rock faces that you can grab to help yourself move upward. My children had no problem with any of it and found it to be very fun, as if they were climbing on a jungle gym. Everything was doable, but a little difficult in parts. The main thing about Beehive is that it is more of a mental challenge than a physical one. Parts of the trail go very close to cliff edges, and if you have a fear of heights, it will be an extreme challenge to overcome. The photo here shows the breathtaking views, but you can also see the drop-offs. This area was the only place that I took a photo because for the rest of the climb I had to focus on only the climb in order to feel comfortable and safe. Most of the rest of the climb is not as level and easy as this spot. I would highly recommend this spot to climb, however, I would advise that it be on a dry day. (Wet rocks are slippery and make for treacherous climbing conditions.) Once you make it to the top, you are in for 360 degree panoramic views of ocean, gulfs, bays, islands, Sand Beach, other mountains. It is simply breathtaking! Go for it!
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