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Gorham Mountain to Ocean Path Loop

MODERATE 31 reviews
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Gorham Mountain to Ocean Path Loop is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, ME that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.2 miles 528 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

A wonderful loop hike that will take you along the shore of the Atlantic, over mountain ledges to end at Sand Beach. This is a wonderful loop hike that will take you along the shore of Newport Cove past powerful Thunderhole and then up over the open ledges of Gorham Mountain. You will have beautiful ocean views along the entire route. When you come down Gorham Mountain to the north you can also run up the Bee Hive if you have the energy. After you descend back to Sand Beach spend some time out on the sand relaxing!


4 days ago

Beautiful! Not too strenuous -- but some good climbs and descents. Much of the lower Mt. trail is covered in granite -- very unique. An easy walk. But, some slippery spots after rain. The right shoes/boots (with good tread) are essential. Views at the summits (of both Mt. Gorham and Beehive) are gorgeous! When you get to the bottom, you may want to skip the Ocean path, which has beautiful views of the water, but it's pretty heavily trafficked, and is right next to the road. You can catch a free bus -- at the end of the Bowl Trail (near Sandy Beach) -- that makes continuous loops around Park Loop Rd, and will take you back to the Gorham Mt. trailhead.


26 days ago

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So much to see! Very crowded in the summer, so better to begin early. We started with Sand Beach and the Great Head Loop, then down the Ocean Path past Thunder Hole, and then back by way of Gorham Mountain. We were very happy that we did Gorham last...lots of fantastic views of the amazing places we just hiked!


27 days ago

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28 days ago

awesome climb uphill and down.
scenic views at summit


1 month ago

hiking

Very nice. Technical in some parts but not overly strenuous.


1 month ago

hiking

Great! Fun hike and amazing views of the ocean good for kids,families and dogs.


2 months ago

Not too difficult and well worth the climb. For a slightly more challenging adventure I highly recommend the Cadillac cliffs spur


2 months ago


10 months ago

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Gorgeous. !!


10 months ago

hiking

An easy, fun hike with great views at the top. This is a good starter hike for the first day at the park.


10 months ago

hiking

This was a fun hike, and quite challenging. It has some spectacular views looking back at thunder hole and sand beach. My 1st ever real hike for a city boy.


11 months ago

This is, to my mind, a perfect trail for hikers with a baby strapped in a carrier/pack. Plenty of topography to get the heart rate up, stunning views, and the possibility of being deposited right on Sand Beach. We did this as a loop with the Ocean Path (which is beautiful, if not for the fact that much of it parallels the roadway).


1 year ago

hiking

Very fun hike, we started in the parking lot then continued past the summit to meet up with ocean trail near sand beach and back to the car. Really really beautiful views and interesting terrain. A little rocky so going down takes care. Loved this!


1 year ago

hiking

This can be combined with the Beehive Trail for a rewarding 3 hours of hiking. Not too tough especially if you are coming off Beehive, which means your heart is probably pounding.


1 year ago

hiking

My 54-year-old parents and I hiked this today. We connected to the Bowl and the Beehive on the way down. It was beautiful - I'd definitely recommend it for anyone visiting Acadia. As long as you don't have any physical ailments or disabilities, this is a moderate trail anyone can complete and feel very accomplished at the end (believe me, none of us are endurance athletes and we were fine!). In agreement with previous posters - careful on the exposed granite on the way down, it can be slippery even when dry!


1 year ago

hiking

My favorite Acadia NP hike! Gorgeous views. I start at the trailhead and instead of looping back the same way continue on down the back side and hit the loop road across from Sand Beach. Its an easy walk back along the Ocean Trail to the parking lot.


1 year ago

hiking

Best quick/easy hike in Acadia for views.


1 year ago

hiking

Small peak but fun hike. I started from Blackwoods and this was the first thing I hiked.Good trail to start off on and get to know the types of trails in the area. I would suggest taking the Cadillac Cliff Trail section that loops off the path and reconnects later on if you only take the south trail to the peak once.


1 year ago

Loved this hike! We did this in the evening. Started at Sand Beach and did the Ocean trail and up Gorham Mountain. Perfect evening hike!


1 year ago

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