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Great Head Trail

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Length

1.5 Miles 2.3 Kilometers


Elevation

232' 71 m

Ascent

-235' -72 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

145' 44 m

High

35' 11 m

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

James Kaiser

Overview [Suggest Changes]

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.
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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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Jun 21, 2018
Chade Martin
Jun 19, 2018
Ike Means
May 28, 2018
Maxime Defosse
May 23, 2018
Ashlynn Nuckols
1.5mi
May 13, 2018
Jennifer Hubbel
Great trail. Moderately hard when closer to the water. Beautiful views
Nov 21, 2017
Tong Zhang
Oct 11, 2017
Eve Smallwood
Loved this trail. We parked at Sand Beach and hiked up the stairs at the far end of the beach. Hiked counterclockwise; started by scaling up some s... 1.5mi
Oct 7, 2017
Jack Cunningham
Great hike! Awesome views of the water hitting the rocks the whole way across the coast

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