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Ship Harbor Trail

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Trail

1.4 mile 2.3 kilometer loop
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 64' 19 m
Descent: -63' -19 m
High: 44' 13 m
Low: 11' 3 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)

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Trail shared by James Kaiser

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

James Kaiser

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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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Sep 17, 2019
Jeremy Winkler
Aug 23, 2019
Jeff Wadler
Nice walk
Aug 22, 2019
Richard Herron
Aug 11, 2019
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Aug 1, 2019
Ariel Sears
Jul 15, 2019
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Jun 28, 2019
Amy Wolcott
Jun 25, 2019
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  4.4 from 22 votes

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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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