Great Head Trail

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1.5 Miles 2.3 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

232' 71 m

Ascent

-235' -72 m

Descent

145' 44 m

High

35' 11 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Unknown

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

James Kaiser

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.
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Dogs: Leashed

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 30, 2016
Beka Griffin
BEAUTIFUL sights 1mi
Oct 1, 2016
Mark Lichtenberg
Sep 25, 2016
Jason Gworek
2mi
Sep 12, 2016
Eye LoveMud
1.5mi — 2h 15m
Sep 8, 2016
D.j. Herring
fun hike, foggy so no good views started in parking for sand beach then circled around to beach
Aug 20, 2016
Rachel Muriph
Cut to Sand Beach; not whole loop — 12h 48m
Aug 15, 2016
Claire Buysse
Jul 29, 2016
Jane Carney

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