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Ocean Path and Gorham Mountain Loop Trail

MODERATE 280 reviews
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Ocean Path and Gorham Mountain Loop Trail is a 5.0 kilometer 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.

DISTANCE
5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
182 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

forest

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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!

hiking
6 days ago

Great but trafficked trail. First hike of the trip and does not disappoint - especially the ocean path views! You can also summit the Beehive from here for the view if you don’t want to do the ladder trail from the other side.

7 days ago

one of my favorite trails!

24 days ago

Amazing views regardless of the fog in April. Hike is nice and constant with nice rocky paths and cool tundra-like vegetation. The many beach scenic spots are just sensational!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing view and fun hiking with family. Little windy and foggy mid April, but still worthy!

hiking
2 months ago

Old Tea House foundation at the top of Great Head, definitely at least go all the way across Sand Beach to check out the stream that filters into the ocean. If you watch closely, the stream keeps changing shapes bc of the sand and the current. HIDDEN BEAUTIES.

5 months ago

Great hike! Not to difficult either. If you do this trail definitely take the short Cadillac Cliffs loop!

hiking
6 months ago

Added the Bowl Trail and part of Beehive to make it a bit more interesting. Nice scenic summits.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail, started at the beehive, took the bowl to Gorham Mtn trail ended on beach trail back to beehive trailhead. 3.6 mi loop. Very few hikers this time of year. Was perfect day to hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Great views!

hiking
7 months ago

This was a great hike. We took the loop counter clockwise and got all the difficult section of the trail out of the way first. The last part of the trail is very flat and easy and includes thunder hole (which you want to visit 2 hours before high tide). I am glad we had the flat section last at dusk. For my novice experience as a hiker, I would not want to be on the mountain part after dark. Beautiful views of the ocean and fall leaves.

hiking
7 months ago

My favorite! So much fun, so rewarding

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty moderate- first part is basically a walk on the road, but the views at the summit are incredible. Pretty well populated, but crowds taper off after thunder hole.

hiking
7 months ago

Moderate loop trail, added Bowl and Beehive to make it about a 2 hour hike, some up hill and boulder climbing, Beehive has ladders and not for everyone. Really busy October 5th, does have good views. Not a secluded hike at all if that's what your looking for.

7 months ago

Beautiful loop hike combining seaside walk with lovely mountain top panoramas. We extended the hike by adding the bowl and the beehive.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views and overall fun to hike over the rocks. It was a perfect day with no clouds and blue sky. We took lots of pictures.

7 months ago

Beautiful hike! A bit crowded

7 months ago

Loved this hike. Beautiful views!

hiking
7 months ago

This was our first hike at Acadia and it was so much fun! We parked at Sand Beach (probably about 9am-easily found a parking space) and started out on the Beehive trail, but stayed straight (didn't want to do the iron rungs). We did come up the back side of the Beehive to see the views from the top, then back down to the Bowl. From the Bowl we took the Gorham Mtn trail. Fantastic views! When we were there the trees were just starting to change color. I imagine this is a spectacular hike when the trees are at their peak. Then we finished up by taking the Ocean path back to Sand Beach. The advantage to this is that you can visit all the little stops along the way, including Thunder Hole, without having to find parking again.

8 months ago

Nice fairly easy trail, good for all ages. Check the tide schedule as the trail goes right by Thunderhole. Very dog friendly trail. Great views!

8 months ago

Take the Cadillac Cliffs off shoot for much more entertaining (and a bit more challenging) hike. An easy jaunt up the mountain to some really beautiful views. The Cliffs offshoot offers some immense and fascinating rock formations - and feels much less traveled. A reasonable hike for everyone to try!

8 months ago

Beautiful trail! Great views all the way up. the summit is breathtaking. Nice trail for dogs. not too difficult!

8 months ago

beautiful hike not strenuous great vistas

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike beautiful views of Sand Beach as some more challenging rocks to keep it interesting but still accessible.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful views the entire time Be ready to climb lots of rocks and boulders to the top, but the views are worth it. We actually parked at Sand Beach, walked up the coast line and then caught the Gorham Trail. You can pick up this route almost anywhere along the coastline

hiking
8 months ago

Great views and only a mile hike. Not too crowded (post-Labor Day). Not to be missed.

hiking
8 months ago

This was an amazing trail. Some boulders to climb over, and rock stairs, but overall and pretty easy hike! The views are worth the exertion!!! Unbelievable!

9 months ago

Another great Acadia hike. Parked at Thunder Hole, walked to the trail head in the next parking area. Many great vistas and rocks to walk on under and around. Lots of families on this trail. Great views at the summit of Champlain, Dorr and Cadillac all together.

9 months ago

Excellent hike any season! Get there early. Parking lot at Gorham trailhead is small; I recommend parking at the Fabbri parking lot just down the road. Last hiked this in May/June 2018 as part of an Acadia Ranger-led excursion. Cadillac Cliffs spur trail is well worth the sightseeing opportunities!!

9 months ago

great time walking this one well marked also

hiking
9 months ago

Wonderful experience! During the loop, take the Cadillac Cliffs trail, which merges back after a stretch, for little caves and a small scramble. Lots of interesting geology and great views. Kids loved it. Would do again.

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