“An intermediate trail with great ocean views.”
— James Kaiser
There are plenty of trails with great views in Acadia, but they are mostly rated difficult and some have some very steep sections. If you're looking for great ocean views but you're afraid of heights or don't like challenging trails, Gorham Mountain is a terrific choice.
The trailhead is located at the Gorham Mountain Trail parking area, located off the Park Loop Road between Thunder Hole
and Otter Cliff
. Follow the trail through the woods as it rises up Gorham Mountain. About halfway to the summit, the Cadillac Cliffs Path
veers off from the trail (ultimately to rejoin it after 0.3 miles).
Continue along the main trail and the views will get better and better as you approach the bald summit. To the south are nice views of Otter Cliff
and Otter Point. To the northeast you can see Sand Beach
and Great Head. After enjoying the views, continue along the trail as it heads down the northern side of Gorham Mountain and ultimately merges with the Bowl Trail
Thanks to guidebook author and photographer, James Kaiser, for sharing this trail description. If youre interested in learning more details about great day hikes, weather, camping / lodging, and geology, check out his book: Guide to Acadia National Park