|Acadia National Park Trail Map|
has listed a second trail he built, the Hanging steps trail. Below is a close up of the Great cave loop, with an arrow pointing to it. It was not the main trail, but served its purpose back than to lure more hikers to the Precipice. Once you enlarge the photo above you can better see the loop trail that Rudolph Brunno's constructed.
|Map of The Great Cave - Acadia National Park|
The Great Cave is about 100 feet high and about 100 feet deep inside. Brunnow constructed a trail that included stone steps and at one spot a rock and metal bridge.
One half of the Great Cave Loop has now been found and documented by photos, maps and on blogs you can find online.
I recently heard from Nick Thorndike who brought us very good news, he has discovered the other half of the Great Cave Loop. Not only has Nice discovered it, he has also sent in a photo of the stone steps leading upward above the cave - this is a huge find because I know a lot of you have contacted me asking if anyone has discovered that half of the trail yet.
So once at the Great Cave, When facing the cave begin to walk around the left side and being looking on you're right for the steps .(see photo below sent by by Nick) which run about the whole way up except for where you pass through a blueberry patch on the right. The trail finally comes to a footbridge which leads you to the official upper section of the Precipice Trail.
|Great Cave Steps, submitted by Nick Thorndike|
For me, it seemed like the Great Cave would never get found, but it was. Than the Hanging Steps came next, and just last week me and my son located the lost Rudolph Brunnow trail, so slowly but surely the Precipice is giving up her secrets.
|The Great Cave - Acadia National Park|
George B. Dorr, in honor of the work crew that helped build the Precipice Trail, built a miniature version of the Precipice trail by Glen Mary Park in downtown Bar Harbor.
It was on a cliff with ladders and iron rings so people could go there and practice before attempting to hike the real thing.
To learn more about the Great cave, visit one of the links below.
LOST AND ABANDONED TRAILS OF ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
DEATHS IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
LEAVE THE WORLD BELOW