Gorham Mountain to Ocean Path Loop is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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!
A bit intense during a heavy snowfall, but absolutely stunning. Moderate
Great trail and stunning views. This trail isn't too long and gives you plenty of time to fit in other activities within the park in the same day. The trail is well marked but can be a little crowded during the high tourist season. Despite that, it was still very enjoyable and a great hike!
PRO TIP: Go in the afternoon! This hike is beautiful but crowded. Especially in the mornings because it's the first stop for a lot of tourists coming out of Bar Harbor.
This is a great trail for all skills levels. It will challenge beginners just enough and reward experienced hikers with great views. Not as crowded as I thought it would be in September.
Beautiful views, not too steep, lovely ocean breezes
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.
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!