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blue Great Head Trail

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1.5 mile 2.3 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 232' 71 m
Descent: -235' -72 m
High: 145' 44 m
Low: 35' 11 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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Trail shared by James Kaiser

A great trail to escape the crowds at Sand Beach and explore the rocky coastline.

James Kaiser

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The Great Head Trail wraps around the rocky peninsula just east of Sand Beach. In the summer, when the crowds along the Park Loop Road can be overwhelming, Great Head offers a nice escape.

Description

The trailhead is located near the eastern end of Sand Beach. You'll hike up a series of granite ledges (the hardest part of the hike) before the trail flattens out. Be sure to look back and enjoy the great views of Sand Beach. Follow the trail to the southern tip of the peninsula, where there are great views of the coast. To the southwest you can see Otter Cliff in the distance. From there, the trail follows the rocky shore northeast, before looping back through the woods.

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: .

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Jul 16, 2019
R R
We only did half of this.
Jul 4, 2019
Emily Hieber
Jul 1, 2019
Steve Johnson
fun hike. was not expecting some of the accent climbs. kids did well 1.5mi
Jun 27, 2019
Christopher Donovan
Jun 20, 2019
Sandy C
Jun 14, 2019
Agnes Chan
Great views of the ocean, rocky trails. Mosquitos in the wooded area!
Jun 7, 2019
Lester Burris
Jun 2, 2019
Dan Hein

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