Great Gulf Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews

Great Gulf Trail is a 14.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gorham, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
14.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4944 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowboarding

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Dolly Copp Campground,: Travel past the campground entrance (Dolly Copp Road) to the very end. Begin on Gulf Link Trail and hike about 1 mile to Great Gulf Trail.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is moderate in an overall sense, but in reality it starts out extremely easy on some ski trails and ends by taking you up a steep rock headwall with slightly unstable talus. The harder the trail gets, the more beautiful it gets. You hit waterfalls after you pass the branch for Six Husbands (a great trail itself) and they are possibly the best I've seen in the Whites. Some areas next to them can be slippery and the trail crosses some rocks that would fling you straight in the water if you slipped (pictures uploaded). It's moderate there until you pass the beautiful lake near the top after which it becomes hard going. The upper section of the trail was pretty flooded when I went and was more difficult than the head wall. There are almost no places to step to the side of the trail either. Trekking poles might help there. The headwall begins following a waterfall with convenient blazes, but when I went in July the trail adopter had not reblazed most of the headwall so I got off the trail twice after it turns to unmarked talus. That's the only section of the trail where there are any blazes at all after you enter Wilderness, so definitely take a map and be very aware of your surroundings. It's easy to get turned around near the campsites and water crossings. Overall the views were magnificent and I was the only one on the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

hiking
Monday, July 07, 2014

camping
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Like the last reviewer said, it's not the best trail in New Hampshire. What I like about it is where it puts you. The Great Gulf Wilderness has a campsite that makes a great base-camp that is a starting-point for a few summit climbs. The river is close to the site and allows for cooking and cleaning. All in all the trail serves a great purpose, which I have utilized 3 times in order to reach some of the peaks.

hiking
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

I hiked this trail about 30 years ago and remembered smelling the river for a long way. This time I did not notice it. It is not the best scenery in all New Hampshire but the are some good views and I never saw anyone else on the trail.