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Best of Acadia National Park Day Hike

Acadia National Park

Trip Highlights

  • Summit Two Mountains
  • Stunning Views
  • Dramatic Sea Cliffs
  • Pristine Forests
  • Trail Snacks & Picnic Lunch
  • Top Shelf Gear & Guide


This extraordinary day hike features the very best of Acadia National Park, and offers variations depending on the interests of each group! We summit two mountains, earning spectacular views of the gorgeous coastal landscapes that characterize Acadia, and finish with an ocean walk along dramatic sea cliffs. Our hike first takes us to the summit of Beehive, which is a short, very steep ascent using iron rungs and ladders to negotiate granite cliff bands. (If you have a paralyzing fear of heights, this hike is not a good choice.) After Beehive we drop down to a pond, then continue on to Gorham Mountain for more stunning views. Descending from Gorham, we follow the rocky, cliffy coastline along Ocean Path.  We will visit Thunder Hole (a sea cliff restriction where waves can crash in and spew water high in the air like a geyser) and Sand Beach before finishing up with the beautiful ocean views from the Great Head as we conclude the day.

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$190-$550 Per Person
Season: June-October

Season: June-October

Trip Type: Day Hike Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-7 Guests
Trip Length: 5-6 Hours
Distance: 3.5MI / 5.6KM


Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

This hike follows a variety of trails ranging from flat and smooth to nearly vertical cliffs requiring the use of iron rungs and ladders. If you have a paralyzing fear of heights, we do not recommend joining this tour.

Hiking Distances:

Up to 4 miles

Backpack Weight:

8-12 pounds


Significantly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

784 feet

Heights Exposure:



  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 5-6 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on significantly rugged terrain
  • Hiking with short sections with extreme heights exposure
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.


  • Level 1: around other hikers the entire time
  • Level 2: around other hikers most of the time
  • Level 3: around other hikers some of the time
  • Level 4: see a couple other groups during the hike
  • Level 5: most likely to have the trail to ourselves

This tour is only offered as a private departure.

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  • 1 person: $550
  • 2 people: $290 per person
  • 3 people: $260 per person
  • 4-5 people: $215 per person
  • 6-7 people: $190 per person
  • 10 and younger: $135 per person

Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include gratuity for your guide

Trip Dates & Booking


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This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

Tour dates reflect general availability. You will select your desired hike during the registration process. The season for this hike is June through October.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you’d like, and as is possible in a day
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of trekking poles

What's Not Included

  • Clothing and personal items
  • Water (2 liters capacity)
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Food: What to Expect

Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you’d prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Ready to hike? Day hike reservations are made through our Adventure Consultant team. You can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and make your payment.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

Your guide will meet you in the Great Head parking area at an agreed upon time. They will reach out approximately 1 week in advance to coordinate the rendezvous time and answer any questions you have.

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis

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