Sluiceway Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Southwest Harbor, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.6 miles Elevation Gain: 721 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

rock climbing

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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9 months ago

I wouldn't reccomend this trail for anyone with a moderately experienced dog. My 2 year old ACD struggled to get back down the steep parts of the trail.

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11 months ago

Not at all what I was expecting based on AllTrails’s description. The trailhead entrance is deceiving. For 1/8 of a mile it’s beautiful walking terrain then it becomes the real Sleuce Trail. It is a straight up rock scramble hike. After climbing uphill for a 1/2 a mile, you will then transition to a 1/2 mile of blazed trail that has you literally walking straight up through water that is flowing down the mountain next to the official stream on the left. If you are lucky to have rocks to step on, they will be slippery with moss; otherwise, you will be walking straight through water. To make this an enjoyable yet challenging hike, hiking shoes with nubs are necessary for gripping the terrain. Because you are climbing the 750 ft of elevation straight up, it is pretty cool to turn around and see the mountain. And, the workout is awesome. Beautiful forest and streams along the way.

hiking
Wed Jun 12 2013

Steep muddy and rocky and many roots but this describes most trails in this area of the park. You will see few people on a bright sunny day. I hiked today in rain and saw no one else but myself. There are plenty of roots and rocks to grab and pull your way up the trail. As you climb you will be walking in a stream part of the way. You will go up and then level off and then go up steeply again. Not a trail for everyone. No views today but on clear day you would have some but not much. I love the forest here because it is so alive with green.

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Thu Aug 16 2018