Post by El Duderino on Sept 5, 2014 16:59:08 GMT -5
This is a beautiful class IV scramble, more than a true Trailrun, but I recommend it to anyone who wants a short but intense challenge. I did this impromptu, and I know the time could easily be obliterated: Up the Precipice Trail, back down the Orange & Black trail. 40 minutes exactly round-trip to the precipice trail parking lot. It is roughly 1000 vertical feet and again a lot of scrambling, Boulder work, including metal rungs. Exactly 2.0 miles round-trip, according to my run keeper.
This is a lung searing effort up the east face of Champlain Mountain. Thanks to "El Duderino" for laying down the initial track for this classic route! The title of this route is listed in MA (Massachusetts), but this is in Maine (i.e. Precipice Trail, Acadia: standing for Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island in Maine).
Post by Peter Bakwin on Nov 20, 2015 16:37:33 GMT -5
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!"
Post by philmaynard on Apr 14, 2017 6:26:30 GMT -5
Is coming back the park road really the common route for hot laps? I would think the (much slower and more technical) Orange and Black trail lolipop loop would be more aesthetic than a pavement finish.