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Great Head Trail (Full Loop) is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 265 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Beach Forest Views Wildlife Rocky Scramble
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Sharon Parlapiano
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Hiking

Trail was well marked. Some spots tough to navigate. Beach is beautiful!

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Karen Ruhlig
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Excellent rock scramble.

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John Howald
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Hiking

Good rocky trail with some easy climber sections

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Chelsey Honhold
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Fun trail. Parking was limited but we got lucky. Great views, even though it was cloudy. We got a little mixed up , as well as 5 other couples we saw. So that no one really knew where they were going. The park system marks all trails with the same color (blue) so it is really easy to get mixed up. Hard to differentiate between Great Head and Sand Beach trail. Bring a map!

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Mackenzie Slane
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Hiking

leave not trace. stay on trail, stop being trash humans

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Doug Scott
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Hiking

Great hike with awesome views! I’ve hiked this trail twice now!

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Lynette Cornell
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Craig I
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HikingGreat!

Nice easy hike after Precipice in the morning. Kids could complete this. Great views over Sand Beach and the surrounding area. Parked at the Schooner Head lot and walked down to trail head as parking was limited.

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Elad Hazan
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Justin Cohen
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Laurence Badot
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Rohan Gupta
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Great for the views! Would recommend the full trail over the short trail. The latter has some steeper rocks to climb, which are fun going up, but less so coming down.

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Matt Bosco
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HikingGreat!

This is a terrific short hike with great views of the water and not a lot of foot traffic. Family friendly and not very difficult.

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Ellen Ha
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Well marked

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Deepa Rao
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Nice views of sand beach.

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Mike Krimm
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Hiking

Got a little turned around and didn’t end up finishing the whole loop. Parking is sparse and had to park about .4 miles away. Not a bad walk on a winding road to get to trailhead

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Carissa Ancona
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BEAUTIFUL

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Matt Bosco
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HikingGreat!

This is a terrific short hike with great views of the water and not a lot of foot traffic. Family friendly and not very difficult.

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HeatmiiZa101 User
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Nice spot, not too many children to slow you down. Plenty of spots to go around them.

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Brian Foster
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Gabe Ilizarov
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AllTrails User
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Great short and rocky hike with breathtaking views around every turn. Wait for a clear day if you can.

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John Andrew
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Good, easy hike. Great views and seaside hangouts without the summer crowds. Fun way to get to the beach...

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Ellie Gillespie
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Beautiful, quick (less than 1 hour), moderately challenging hike. I hiked it alone with my 1 year old daughter on my back. You have a choice at the beginning of the trail to go left or right around the loop. I went left and that led to more rocky areas going down, rather than up, which I think was easier with a baby on my back. Some of the rock climbing is a bit difficult but not at all unsafe. Gorgeous views of the coast. Well-marked trail

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Jessica Marciano
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Quick and easy trail with beautiful views. Lots of places to step toward the ocean for some nice pictures.

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katharine matthias
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Good trail with a lot of different terrain! Once you get off sand beach, it gets much quieter!

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Rusty Calvert
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Spectacular views and easy but we'll brought our dog and the was a few scrambles to get to he best views. Next time I will leave my dog at home. But worth the walk.

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Jason Ratliff
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Great views, great for kids, great side slithers down to the water, great little scrambles for kids. Great Head. Forgot to turn recording off at end. Not great.

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