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Acadia National Park

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About Acadia National Park:

Acadia National park is located on Mount Desert Island and is a patchwork all over the island. It offers some of the most dramatic seacliff climbing around, and everything is of excellent quality. Bar Harbor is the biggest town (and tourist trap) on the island and is where most services are available. The island Hospital is right downtown.... but i hope no one ever needs that. Camping may be had all over the island in private campgrounds, and at Blackwoods or Wonderland, the National Park campgrounds. Blackwoods is the more convenient for climbers and is located past Bar Harbor on route 3 a ways (ten or so miles).

The park offers some spectacular climbing on dramatic sea cliffs like Otter Cliffs and Great Head. At climbing areas with logbooks: Otter Cliffs, South Wall of the Precipice and Canada Cliffs climbers are required to register. Use of the park also requires paying the fee, which you can do at either the visitor center you pass coming onto the island or at the Ocean Drive ranger station, which you pass to get to Otter Cliffs. The Precipice proper (not the South wall which is were all the roues on this site are), the Jordan Cliffs and occasionally other areas are closed from April to August due to peregrine falcon nesting. Please respect these closures. Organized groups of 6 or more people require a permit, so if that is you talk to the park (like all those college groups with their outing clubs that just show up).

There is a new, and excellent, guidebook by local guide Jeff Butterfield available at the outdoor gear shops in town. Pick it up, it is an great guide. There are two guide services in town, both are easy to find in downtown Bar Harbor and offer qualified instruction.

For the weekend warrior nothing beats the ocean side experience of Otter Cliffs, though it can be very busy. Tradmasters will love the South Wall of the Precipice with tons of 1, 2, &3 pitch routes for all abilities. South Bubble offers some good routes, and is another good place for TRing and beginners, it is always less crowded than Otter. Great Head is incredible, overhanging, and generally hard climbing over the ocean, quite dramatic. Know the tides and how to use ascenders (and have a fixed rope) if you plan on going there. Canada Cliffs also offers plenty of great routes, but is often very buggy until late summer and does not offer the views the other areas do; tends to be much less busy. Gorham Mtn and all along Ocean Drive offer good bouldering, as well as everywhere scattered throughout the park on smaller cliffs. There is also some ice climbing, but that takes a deranged spirit in these parts - and exceptional weather.

Routes are updated with star descriptions. None to ***. No stars means sorta crumby, three classic and one and two definitely worth doing. Also checked everthything for accuracy and redundancy, and there are many multiple otter cliffs climbs...i'll fix them when i have time.

When adding routes please make sure they are in the right spot and not already up. If in doubt take your best shot or try and ask someone who looks like they go there a lot. The routes and areas pretty much follow the Butterfield guide if you have that too.

Nearest town or city: Bar Harbor
Directions: All listed areas are on Mount Desert Island. Please see specific sections for 'how to get there' instructions.
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Camping: Pay
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Forum Discussions (See all 25 posts )

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
No Replies Cleaning fixed gear? blueeyedclimber 0 Sep 05 2011, 9:55 PM
No Replies Top Rope Partner? Week of July-10 ml_nelson 0 Jul 10 2011, 1:16 PM
With Replies Bouldering??? jhiggins 1 Jun 15 2011, 9:01 PM
No Replies Guide book? obie2002 0 Jun 01 2011, 12:56 AM
With Replies Should I cancel my trip to acadia teleguitar4 14 Aug 12 2010, 6:26 PM
No Replies Any Suggestions for Climbs for Kid? lbaxterh 0 Jul 12 2010, 12:41 PM
With Replies Acadia, Precipice: Closed for Raptors? edge 5 Jun 15 2010, 6:36 PM
With Replies rappel necessary and botton belay anchor? labuke 10 Aug 10 2009, 10:38 PM
With Replies toprope anchors at Acadia? james_va 3 May 29 2009, 1:45 AM
With Replies Conditions for mid-October (Acadia, ME) cfal 5 Aug 05 2010, 2:38 AM
With Replies Looking for a few climbs in late Oct jeremyash 1 Sep 17 2007, 1:27 PM
No Replies Acadia National Park - Bug Reports? mcmac 0 Jun 11 2007, 1:37 PM
No Replies TR gear ericf 0 May 03 2007, 2:52 AM
With Replies TR/Sport climbing in acadia paclmbguy 2 Apr 12 2007, 7:40 PM
With Replies Earthquake Damage to Acadia NP Climbing Area jstp 8 Nov 03 2006, 6:17 PM