Today my son and I hiked the Black Mountain Cliffs Trail from the Schoodic Beach parking lot up to the summit and back down to Schoodic Beach. The trailhead for Black Mountain Cliffs starts from the Schoodic Beach trail a short distance from the parking lot. It is a moderately strenuous hike on the way up, with a few steep sections. The trail passes through a few wet areas, is muddy in parts and passes through some short narrow and grassy sections.
Several online reviews of the trail commented on Black Mountain's forested summit, and while this is true, there are a few opportunities to view the surrounding area.
The trail down was significantly easier than the way up, was less steep and wasn't as muddy as the ascent.
Given that it was a 90 degree day, it was great to be able to stop at Schoodic Beach for a short swim before completing the final 1/2 mile back to the parking lot.
Here is a trail map from our hike. The overall hike was a little over 3 miles.
|The trail was steep at certain points on the ascent.|
|There were a few short, grassy sections.|
|There were a few points near the summit that offered views of Acadia.|
|It was great to swim near the end of the hike. Black Mountain is in the background.|