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This hike was great! I went with my family of 6 with my husband and kids ages 12, 10, 7, and 4 months old. We hiked along the beach starting at the sand beach parking lot. We climbed on the cliffs. Then we went up the gorham mountain trail. We took the cliff path and loved it! The top of the gorham mountain is beautiful.

Great hike, but be sure to come early (~9:00AM) or it is a zoo. The Directions (GPS coordinates) take you to the Sand Beach P lot, from where you take the Ocean Trail (pleasant stroll) past Thunderhole (a zoo) to the Gorham trail P lot (small, no bathrooms) and trailhead. The hike up is moderately strenuous with a few mini rock climbs and ‘gorges’ that are good fun for older kids (e.g., young teens). The terrain is pretty rocky overall, we found our hiking boots and poles helpful. Great views across the top of the mountain. The descend (or climb, depending which way you come) on the other end of the mountain, closer to Bowl trail, is less steep and offers a few trail extensions or shortcuts depending on your interests and stamina. The Bowl trail end was very crowded, lots of ppl getting started, by the time we got there and finished our hike (12:00 PM).

Absolutely beautiful and so worth it. The views are AMAZING. I recommend packing a lunch and taking your time to enjoy the scenery.
Make sure you wear good shoes! Some rocks were slick.

Very nice little hike. A bit crowded but worth it, especially with the pebble beach and lovely bay at the end.

First hike my son did at age 3. Views are redic.

This is one of my favorite things to do in Acadia National Park but again I missed the sunset or sunrise from here on this trip. The view from the summit of Cadillac Mountain and from anywhere along this summit loop is absolutely memorable. One thing I did differently about this trip is to bring along a nice 70-300mm zoom lens so I was able to bring far away subject closer on this latest trip.

great way to see the world beneath you..breathtaking. the trail itself is easy.

I started at a parking lot on Otter Cliff Rd and took the Ocean Path to the Gorham Mtn. Trailhead. The trail is beautiful and not very strenuous. The grade is steady and there are really no technical areas. However, the earlier you start, the cooler and less crowded it will be. The trail becomes increasingly crowded as one makes their way down the north end of Gorham Mtn, as this area is an intersection for many trails, including the very popular Beehive. After descending from the North side of Gorham, we took the pretty but very crowded Ocean Path back to the road. There are many small spurs off the main path that take you to some very nice picture/rest spots.

Really cool relatively moderate hike (closer towards easy). I completed with my retired mom and uncle without any problem. Beautiful views and almost no one on the trail. Very refreshing getaway from the crowds of Sand Beach below. Do the full loop and don’t just do one side- both have amazing views and there’s a switchback midway if going back to sand beach.

Pretty hike around the pond. Some incline, but doable. Parts have lots of tree roots exposed. The waterfall is picturesque, but some of the rocks are slippery. Bring water. Parking is a bit limited, so earlier the better. Recommend trekking poles for the hills

Beautiful, shaded trip through a thickly wooded area beside the pond. Lots of tree roots along the way.
Recommend trekking poles.

I've done this loop three times now and will gladly do it again. On our last trip, we drove up to the summit and did this easy scenic summit loop. The view is the best in Acadia National Park. I can see far and wide, easily into Bar Harbor and all the ships nearby and the ocean beyond. You'll see spectacular Eagle Lake and Bubble Pond and part of Jordan Pond as well.

I only wish I had a binocular on my last trip. I had a decent zoom lens on my camera, a Nikon 18-200mm lens and that was what I used to see distant subjects. My wife and daughter took a relaxing nap after our picnic. It was an absolutely memorable experience.

hiking
14 days ago

Fairly easy trail. Walk through calm forest setting and enjoy views from Beech Mt. looking south, east, and a bit north. Wild blueberries grow along the trail. Photogenic views of south Echo Lake and Southwest Harbor on a clear day.

Excellent trail, especially good for kiddos. 5 year old had no problem for entire hike, and terrain was never too aggressive for him. 10 year old loved it, especially eh beach towards the end. Previous reviewers are absolutely correct: arrive early in the morning and the beach will be just yours when you arrive there. You'll arrive feeling as though it's your own private getaway. May be somewhat aggressive for dogs, but your average medium sized k9 wont have a challenge.

Cool views from the edges of this trail. With the mist rolling in it felt like a different planet. Definitely a must-visit for visitors to Acadia.

My favorite hike of all time!

Good, strenuous trail with rocks. Lots of places to look at the coast. It can get very busy in the afternoon.

really beautiful, short, with a view and a beach!

Easy low mileage trail with great views

hiking
21 days ago

We went down this path and connected it with several others for a longer trail it was a nice trail.

The view from the top is truly amazing.

Quick easy trail, awesome insights to the area history on the posters along trail.

Spectacular views. Easy walk & fun to jump from rock to rock!

We loved this trail. The view at the top was amazing!

walking
26 days ago

Very scenic with great views of our he region.

hiking
26 days ago

I did the hike to bubble rock which is a part of this trail. The trail was good exercise and at the end you could get close to bubble rock that seems to be teetering on the edge.

Beautiful views but VERY crowded during daylight hours (and sunrise/sunset)

This was a nice, lovely hike. It was as our first hike on our trip to Acadia National Park. It was not difficult, but it was a bit strenuous ascending. I had to stop to catch my breath a time or two. Also a very sunny hike. We took the path that led us to Sandy Beach, and the kids enjoyed getting their feet wet in the cold water:

Surprise beach access. Easy and fun hike.

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