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Ship Harbor Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.3 (27) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The Ship Harbor Trail is an easy hike through the woods to a quiet stretch of rocky shoreline.


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1.4

Miles

2.3

KM

Loop

44' 13 m

High

11' 3 m

Low

64' 19 m

Up

63' 19 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

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Family Friendly The trail is easy and well-maintained.

Overview

Located near the southern tip of Mount Desert Island, just east of Bass Harbor Lighthouse, Ship Harbor is an easy hike past a quiet, undeveloped harbor. The well-groomed trail is easy to follow as it passes through the forest. (Be sure to bring bug spray.)

Description

Access this hike from the Ship Harbor Trailhead Parking Area. The route makes a figure eight shape along the eastern shores of Ship Harbor. At its coastline terminus, the trail skirts a rocky shore where you can look for tide pools at low tide. Sometimes you can see lobster boats pulling up their catch offshore. If visiting in late summer, keep your eyes out for blueberries along the trail!

After reaching its southernmost point, the trail loops back through the forest to the parking area.

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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Quiet, undeveloped Ship Harbor.
Mar 15, 2016 near Tremont, ME
Tide flowing low on Ship Harbor.
Mar 15, 2016 near Tremont, ME

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Oct 10, 2020
Jonathan P
Oct 9, 2020
Alison Spencer
Nice and mostly easy nature trail with Forrest views, inlet, and Harbor. 1.2mi — 1h 00m
Aug 10, 2020
Sophia L
Jul 28, 2020
Ben Chen
Jul 14, 2020
Nancy Richmond
Jul 2, 2020
Chris Dial
13h 30m
Oct 12, 2019
Sarah Dougherty Duffy
Sep 26, 2019
Patrick Gilchrist