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Great Head Trail

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Trail

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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Oct 13, 2019
Suzanne Sweitzer
Oct 2, 2019
Chris Puccia
Easy hike nice views 1.5mi — 1h 12m
Sep 26, 2019
Alie Ledergerber
Sep 26, 2019
Stephen Pack
Sep 23, 2019
J Beus
Sep 19, 2019
Emily White
1.5mi — 1h 20m
Sep 6, 2019
Amanda Lowell
Sep 5, 2019
Jon Bolwerk

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  4.6 from 49 votes

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View from Great Head Peninsula.
Mar 24, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME

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