Went on a family vacation to Bar Harbor in 2006, and had an incredible time. Decided to hike the Beehive, not realizing the exposure at the time. It didn't help that my wife and her sister, mother, and father are all afraid of heights. Wife was plastered to a slab of granite for over 10 minutes trying to summon the courage to take the next step. For them, it was a harrowing adventure where we were lucky to escape with our lives. For me, a nice hill to climb.
An excellent trail for getting people to extend their comfort zone. I've taken friends on the Beehive that'd be freaked out by class 3 terrain, but had no problem with exposure on the Beehive because they gained extra confidence knowing their hand and footholds were man made.
My boys (16 and 9) can get bored with long slogs but they both lit up when introduced to scrambling up 'iron rung' trails. This was the first and bought me many more days of willing hiking with them, insistant on doing all the 'iron rung' trails in the park.
Fun times on Mt. Desert Island
From Sand Beach, Jen, Scott, Lauren, and I hiked the Ocean Path to the Gorham Mountain trail head. Easy hike up and over Gorham to the junction with the trail to The Bowl, where Jen and Lauren headed back to the beach. Scott and I hiked up to the bowl, where I saw a beaver hanging out. Hiked over to the Beehive from there and down the ladder route. Excellent views along the whole hike. Next time I would rather go UP the ladder route though!
fun short hike with great exposure
Quick hike with great views.
Very interesting route--not for those who dislike exposure. There are some environmental issues with the metal that's been hammered into the rock, but it's a fun route. Great views of Cadillac and Champlain.
Fun scramble, came down from Mt. Champlain and went for a swim at the Sand Beach.
Very fun hike!