Bar Harbor Maine Rock Climbing

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Rock Climbing

For dramatic cliff climbing, the pink granite ledges of Acadia National Park attract climbers of all levels from beginner to expert. Otter Cliffs and Great Head are the most recommended spots.

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  • Rock climbing, mountaineering, cliff cragging, or bouldering are all terms for adventure in Acadia Park.
  • Otter Cliffs, Precipice, Echo Lake, South Bubble, Great Head, and Gorham Mtn are recommended spots for various levels of expertise.
  • Champlain Mountain in noted for a 250-foot crack climb called “The Story of O”.

Whether you are rock climbing, mountaineering, cliff cragging, or bouldering, an unforgettable experience in Acadia National Park and surrounding communities can be found on Mount Desert Island. The spectacular views of the ocean, and the rocky and rugged coastline that Maine is famous for makes this area ideal for rock climbing and places it on the top ten list for National Parks.

Where to Go Climbing

  • Otter Cliffs, Being one of the most popular spots for weekend mountaineers, can be very busy.
  • The South Wall of the Precipice and Echo Lake offers routes for all abilities.
  • South Bubble is recommended for beginners and is less crowded than Otter Cliffs.
  • Great Head has a dramatic overhang and hard climb over the ocean recommended for expert climbers.
  • Canada Cliffs does not offer the views but is often less busy.
  • Gorham Mtn offers good boulders as does all the cliffs along Ocean Drive.
  • Champlain Mountain in noted for a 250-foot crack climb called “The Story of O”.

When to Climb

The Precipice proper, Jordan Cliffs, and on occasion other areas are closed from April to August due to peregrine falcon nesting. The best climbing is in good weather during the summer season.

Otter Cliffs, Precipice (along the South Wall) and Canada Cliffs have logbooks in which climbers are required to register.

Hire a Guide

Rock climbing guides are available on Mount Desert Island and it is recommended that you use these services as a beginner or when exploring routes that you are not familiar with. Equipment rentals are also available. Never attempt to climb alone.

Other Rock Climbing Resources


Find great info on local climbs, fellow climbers, and instruction.

The American Safe Climbing Association

Striving to replace unsafe anchors on all sport climbing walls.