Western Head Trail
ElevationAscent: 194' 59 m
Descent: -137' -42 m
High: 87' 27 m
Low: 7' 2 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“A solitary hike along classic Maine coastline.”— John Matticks
This hike follows the scenic, rocky coastline on the solitary side of Isle Au Haut. It's difficult to follow in places because the trail includes portions of rock-strewn beaches. If you get lost, just follow the coastline until you pick up the trail again. The trail "ends" at Western Head, but you can continue along the Cliff Trail for some more excellent scenery. If you arrive at low tide, it's possible to cross the ocean-floor to explore Western Ear (be careful not to stay too long on Western Ear and get stranded by incoming tide). Just be sure to leave enough time to return before the ferry leaves.
This trail is best done as a loop with the Duck Harbor Mountain Trail, The Goat Trail and the Cliff Trail.
Land Manager: NPS - Acadia National Park