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


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1.5

Miles

2.3

KM

Loop

145' 44 m

High

35' 11 m

Low

232' 71 m

Up

235' 72 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

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Overview

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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The view South to the sandy beach from Great Head Trail western side of the loop.
Oct 4, 2021 near Bar Harbor, ME
View from Great Head Peninsula.
Mar 24, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME
As you hike near the point on Great Head Trail there are incredible views to the SE.
Oct 4, 2021 near Bar Harbor, ME
This amazing view is to the North hiking the eastern side of the loop just off the trail.
Oct 4, 2021 near Bar Harbor, ME
As you hike the eastern side of the loop just off the trail are incredible views of the rocky shore.
Oct 4, 2021 near Bar Harbor, ME
Interesting textures of rock, trees and shadows along the Great Head Trail.
Oct 4, 2021 near Bar Harbor, ME

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Sep 4, 2023
Katie Banchek
Completed Sunday 8/3/2023
Sep 4, 2023
Amanda Smith
Aug 23, 2023
Christina Martinez
Stunning views pretty much 360 as you go up the mountain. There is a small off shoot to the beach from this trail that takes 10 minutes. Beautiful! 1.5mi — 1h 00m
Aug 20, 2023
Em Q
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Aug 6, 2023
Andrew Bitz
Jul 26, 2023
Angela Giza
Jul 21, 2023
Grace DeBaltzo
Adventurous hike with the 4 kids (Naomi, Hazel, Levi, Jonah), but beautiful views.
Jul 7, 2023
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