Gulf Hagas Trail

Benson, Maine

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Described as the “Grand Canyon of Maine,” Gulf Hagas is a deep gorge where rushing water continues to erode and smooth the slate walls that surround it. This scenic loop meanders through a tall pine forest, to the edges of steep precipices and amid the refreshing spray of crashing waterfalls. Gulf Hagas is unlike any other place in New England and, save for the dynamite that was used to aid the log drives that once took place here, it is a location that continues to change very little in the course of a human lifetime.
Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast

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Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast

by Jeffrey Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Described as the “Grand Canyon of Maine,” Gulf Hagas is a deep gorge where rushing water continues to erode and smooth the slate walls that surround it. This scenic loop meanders through a tall pine forest, to the edges of steep precipices and amid the refreshing spray of crashing waterfalls.

Gulf Hagas is unlike any other place in New England and, save for the dynamite that was used to aid the log drives that once took place here, it is a location that continues to change very little in the course of a human lifetime.

©  Jeffrey Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Benson
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 670 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: May through October
Trailhead Elevation: 675 feet
Top Elevation: 1,160 feet
Local Contacts: KI–Jo-Mary Multiple-Use Forest; Maine Appalachian Trail Conference
Local Maps: USGS Barren Mountain East
Topo Map: Gulf Hagas Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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8/17/2010

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. The trail is really fun as you hike along the gorge. We all stopped on the sidetrails to the falls along the way. Our favorite falls was buttermilk falls, a great private swimming place in the sun. This trail is a good workout, it took us 7 hours to do.

8/8/2009

Great trail! It has a little of everything for everyone; falls, overlooks, cliffs, pools of water to swim in......just watch for leeches in some of the pools. We went for a swim to cool off and came out with leeches all over. Still worth it, cooled us off. I didn't know if my kids could handle the trail, but they did it and had a good time.

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