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Ocean Path and Gorham Mountain Loop Trail

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Acadia National Park

Ocean Path and Gorham Mountain Loop Trail is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, 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 3.1 mi Elevation gain 597 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Beach

Forest

Partially paved

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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Getting There

Please note that Thunder Hole has been reported closed as of 07/08/2020. A wonderful loop hike that will take you along the shore of the Atlantic, over mountain ledges to end at Sand Beach. This 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!

Restrooms available at Sand Beach (before Thunder Hole), at Thunder Hole (summer only), or at the Fabbri Picnic area past the trailhead parking area.

Acadia National Park P.O. Box 177 Bar Harbor, ME 04609-0177 Phone: 207-288-3338 Shipping Address Acadia National Park 20 McFarland Hill Drive Bar Harbor ME 04609-0177 More information: http://www.nps.gov/acad/contacts.htm

There is a $10 per car fee to enter the park.

To Bar Harbor and Acadia: From Boston take I-95 north to Augusta, Maine, then Route 3 east to Ellsworth, and on to Mount Desert Island. For an alternate route, continue on I-95 north to Bangor, Maine, then take Route 1A east to Ellsworth. In Ellsworth, take Route 3 to Mount Desert Island. From Bar Harbor, ME: Enter the park at Hull's Cove. Follow the signs for Park Loop Road. Just beyond Thunder Hole is a parking lot for Gorham Mountain. Park there. During the off season, you will have to remain on SR 3 past Hull's Cove. Bear left on Schooner Head Road. Travel 3 miles and take a right at a stop sign then turn left into the Gorham lot.

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Nina Goodhue
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Hiking

Did this at sunrise and was amazing to watch the sunrise over the ocean and once you’re done with ocean path the sun is up. Add an extension and go over to the bowl and it’s amazing all around.

alexandra fremau
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

it's insanly hot on a sunny day, so make sure you have enough water for everyone. Not too diffucult, and beautiful. Very rocky path.

xota pey
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Hiking

Great for kids.

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Ruth Learn
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Hiking

Definitely gorgeous, though too close to the road! I’d recommend doing this early in the morning to beat the heat and the crowds.

Alicia Dziak
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Hiking

This was the perfect hike! We did it clockwise, starting right at the trailhead up the mountain. It’s about a mile to the first amazing view and then they go on for quite a distance after that. The downward stretch is a bit rocky and tough on the ankles but then the last stretch by the ocean is absolutely stunning.

Marina L.
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HikingNo shade

Gave 4 stars because Ocean Pass portion of the trail is just a few feet away from the road which is not mentioned in the description. Otherwise, there are beautiful views of the ocean, sand beach and cliffs. The trail has very little shade. The overall trail is easy (Ocean Path) to moderate (Gorham Mountain) in difficulty.

Daniel Davis
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HikingGreat!
Berkeley Nowosad
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HikingRocky

Amazing views, quite hot on a warm sunny day. Did the trail clockwise but not sure it could be better or worse the other direction. Very busy on the bottom of the loop (ocean path) mask needed most of that section. Gorham ridge rivals views from the top of Cadillac.

kate cogswell
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Great hike!!! Recommend not going on a hot day, not a lot of shady spots especially once you get to the top. Amazing views of sand beach.

Melissa Hudson
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HikingRockyScramble

Great easy to moderate trail. Highly recommend taking the Cadillac Cliffs off-shoot on the way up. A few false summits but some spectacular views!

Mallory Cogswell
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Such a fun hike! Would recommend going with a ton of water, especially if you go on a hot day because there is barely any shade along the trail. Overall the views were beautiful and it was totally worth it! We went also did the Cadillac Cliffs that connected to Gorham Mountain and that is definitely the way to go! There were so many unique features to the trail like spots you could climb and places to sit for a cool down. Would definitely say a small group is the way to go because the trail is well populated and it’s hard to move over if you’re with a larger group (we had 8+ a baby)

Daniel Fox
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Hiking

Wonderful hike with multiple trails you’re able to take to the top!! Cadillac Cliffs is the highlight for sure!!

Sarah Hopp
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Hiking

Hiked 7/24: way too many people who do not know/care about trail etiquette. go early to do this one for less frustration! views are ok, many false summits.

Lauren Fuess
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Hiking

Took a leisurely paced hike to see most big highlights near sand beach. Fantastic route included thunder hole, otter cliffs, Gorham mountain (BEST views), beehive summit, and the bowl (including the pond). Took 3-4 hours but was worth it!

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Stephanie Bell
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Amanda I.
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HikingNo shadeRocky

It had great views but was hard to get out of people’s way on the path. Not sure how this is moderate and easy for kids. Doable, but not easy.

Ranjini P.
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HikingNo shade

We went down ocean path from sand beach and came back around Gorham mountain. The hike was beautiful but a lot of people. Also most of it is exposed and it was a hot day.

Robin Hoy
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Hiked this from house on Otter Creek Drive so we did not have to deal with parking, so it was a little over 6 miles all in. Great vistas! Would definately recommend.

Alicia Warner
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Hiking

Well signed, good hike with dogs. Beautiful views. Heavy people traffic.

Claudia Haug
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RockyScramble

Hiked up to Gorham Summit by way (mistakenly) of Cadillac Cliffs... pretty steep for us 70 year olds, but I made it huffing and puffing..cliffs a bit treacherous and a few rungs. Came back down to the sand beach parking lot by way of the lower Bowl which was easier. Definitely rocky.

ClifandBeth Marstaller
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HikingGreat!Rocky

This is a really nice trail that starts on sand beach and does moderate ups and downs through lots of rocks and plant life. There are numerous places to view the ocean and the coastline from between 20 - 50 feet in elevation along the coastline. There were also tons of wild Maine blueberries to pick and eat as you are walking. This was a beautiful casual hike, but I would probably label this on the border of easy and moderate as it is really not really challenging unless you have trouble with rocks that can be a bit slick. I loved this trail because I enjoy hikes with variety of plant life, trail types, and views

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