A 57-year-old Maryland man (name withheld in paper) fell at least 100 feet to his death after losing his balance on a challenging section of trail at Acadia National Park on Friday, officials said.
The man and a friend of his were about five minutes from the top of the 520-foot mountain known as “The Beehive,” about a quarter-mile from Sand Beach, when he lost his balance in a confined area while stepping down about a foot and a half onto another rock, Park Ranger Jim Grover said.
Park Rangers were notified at about 4 p.m., nearly an hour after the fall, when the man’s companion was able to notify rangers. The man’s name was being withheld late Friday pending notification of relatives.
Grover described it as a difficult but popular trail with iron rungs and handholds, and said rangers will be studying the accident for any safety improvements they might make.