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Schoodic Head Loop

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A pleasant hike up to the highest point on Acadia's Schoodic Peninsula, Schoodic Head, and back.


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2.6

Miles

4.1

KM

Loop

422' 129 m

High

30' 9 m

Low

399' 122 m

Up

395' 120 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This hike offers both scenic views and enjoyable hiking through rugged pine forest. This hike also allows you to explore as much of the area around Schoodic Head including the Anvil. While it is not long, this trail gives one a real sense of hiking through the Maine wilderness.

Need to Know

The Schoodic Loop Road (and Blueberry Hill parking area) requires an Acadia National Park Entrance Pass that can be purchased online (must be printed ahead of time!) or at Schoodic Woods or at any other park entrance station.

Description

This loop starts and ends at the Blueberry Hill parking area on the Schoodic Loop Road in Acadia National Park. It begins on the Anvil Trail, just north of the parking area, which leads up both the Anvil and Schoodic Head, 440 feet. With steady, though sometimes steep, inclines through the pine forest, the first leg of this hike is exemplary.

Next, this loop goes slightly past the terminus of the Anvil Trail to the overlook at the top of Schoodic Head. Here, is the perfect place to take a rest and enjoy the scenery. Next, take the Ranger Station Trail on a steeper descent from the peak. Though this is a steeper section of the trail, it is still very enjoyable.

Finally, at the end of the Ranger Station Trail, the loop takes a left at Ranger Cabin Road and continues straight on the Alder Trail. This trail meanders for a little over a half a mile through lush meadows and forest. The Alder Trail then leads back onto the Schoodic Loop Road just south of the Blueberry Hill parking area.

Flora & Fauna

Birds, wildflowers, pines, red squirrels

Contacts

Shared By:

Daniel McCloskey

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Hop across the road from the Anvil Trail to soak up this gorgeous Schoodic Peninsula coastal landscape.
Mar 30, 2017 near Gouldsboro, ME
View from Anvil Trail - a little off the actual trail.
Oct 19, 2019 near Gouldsboro, ME
View from overlook at Schoodic Head
Oct 19, 2019 near Gouldsboro, ME
View of Cadillac Mountain from Anvil Overlook.
Oct 19, 2019 near Gouldsboro, ME
Near the top of the Ranger Station Trail, where it connects with Anvil and East Trail, you can see Cadillac Mountain and Bar Harbor off in the distance.
May 8, 2017 near Gouldsboro, ME
The Ranger Station Trail is rugged but well marked as it climbs up to the intersection with the Anvil Trail.
May 8, 2017 near Gouldsboro, ME

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Nov 12, 2020
Lisa Martell
Aug 11, 2020
Jamie Krasner
Aug 6, 2020
Jason Barnett
Jul 30, 2020
Lily Adams
Jul 19, 2020
Tom Herr
Relaxing loop through pine forest on old rugged trail. 2 viewpoints, one on Schoodic Head, for ocean views. 2.6mi