|Yes, this is the Precipice Trail, straight ahead.|
I took the free shuttle from our campsite to the trail head. It took about 30 minutes to get there, including a bus change. The trail is only about a mile, but it is almost straight up. It begins with climbing a giant rock pile. I'm sure I'm not the only one to miss the path on the rocks; I had to backtrack a bit to find the way up.
The path itself begins with switchbacks up the rock. It even goes down and over some before heading back up again. The switchbacks take you about halfway up the cliff. At this point, there are a series of iron ladders that take you the rest of the way. Although the iron ladders are not hard to climb, I can see that they could be very slippery when wet. This part of the trail was really fun; it was like a playground for grown-ups.
|It's a jungle gym for grown ups.|
The path down the Beehive Trail is also challenging, but relatively easy compared to the Precipice Trail. The hike itself was awesome, the view was incredible, and the weather was magnificent! I didn't particularly enjoy riding the free shuttle all the way around the island from the Sand Beach stop to the Visitor Center as it seemed to take forever, but it was nice to not have to worry about hiking out & back to get back my vehicle. I convinced Linda to come rescue me from the Visitor Center, so we wouldn't miss the junior ranger program that the kids needed to attend to get their badges.