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Great Head Trail

Intermediate

Trail

1.5 mile 2.3 kilometer loop
88% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 232' 71 m
Descent: -235' -72 m
High: 145' 44 m
Low: 35' 11 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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Trail shared by James Kaiser

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

James Kaiser

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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 run up a series of granite ledges (the hardest part of the run) 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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Jul 7, 2019
Courtney Adams
Lotsssss if rocks and stops for pictures! 1.7mi — 20h 30m

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View from Great Head Peninsula.
Mar 24, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME

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