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Great Head Trail

Intermediate
 4.6 (65) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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1.5

Miles

2.3

KM

Loop

145' 44 m

High

35' 11 m

Low

232' 71 m

Up

235' 72 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

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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.

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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The view South to the sandy beach from Great Head Trail western side of the loop.
Oct 4, 2021 near Bar Harbor, ME
View from Great Head Peninsula.
Mar 24, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME
As you hike near the point on Great Head Trail there are incredible views to the SE.
Oct 4, 2021 near Bar Harbor, ME
This amazing view is to the North hiking the eastern side of the loop just off the trail.
Oct 4, 2021 near Bar Harbor, ME
As you hike the eastern side of the loop just off the trail are incredible views of the rocky shore.
Oct 4, 2021 near Bar Harbor, ME
Interesting textures of rock, trees and shadows along the Great Head Trail.
Oct 4, 2021 near Bar Harbor, ME

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Jul 31, 2022
Felicia Hurewitz
Jul 14, 2022
Alli Sowers
1.5mi — 9h 19m
Jul 13, 2022
Tracy Rudd
Jul 9, 2022
Brett Wolfley
Jun 26, 2022
CORINNE Mooring
Good sunrise
Jun 26, 2022
Angel McAvoy
Jun 24, 2022
Nick Bartlebaugh
Jun 7, 2022
Doug Shoue
Retrace the north end because construction used connnector 1.9mi