Gulf Hagas

Greenville, Maine

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The deep and narrow slate cliffs of Gulf Hagas are dramatic in winter. Ice forms on the walls, creating avenues of vertical blue. Snow covers the pine forest at the top of the canyon, and the walls eventually narrow to create falls, polls, and chutes. No wonder Gulf Hagas is called the “Grand Canyon of Maine.” The craggy gulf is along the West Branch of the Pleasant River. During a 4.0-mile run, the river drops 400 feet. Just off the Appalachian Trail, Gulf Hagas was once a spot for logging. Huge trees would be transported down the river, though one might wonder how the timber was fed through where the cannon narrows. Surface quality: Unpacked.
Winter Trails: Maine

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Winter Trails: Maine

by Marty Basch (The Globe Pequot Press)

The deep and narrow slate cliffs of Gulf Hagas are dramatic in winter. Ice forms on the walls, creating avenues of vertical blue. Snow covers the pine forest at the top of the canyon, and the walls eventually narrow to create falls, polls, and chutes.

No wonder Gulf Hagas is called the “Grand Canyon of Maine.” The craggy gulf is along the West Branch of the Pleasant River. During a 4.0-mile run, the river drops 400 feet. Just off the Appalachian Trail, Gulf Hagas was once a spot for logging. Huge trees would be transported down the river, though one might wonder how the timber was fed through where the cannon narrows. Surface quality: Unpacked.

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Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Greenville
Distance: 8.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4-5 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 400 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Additional Use: Snowmobiling
Local Contacts: Little Lyford Pond Camps and Lodge
Driving Directions: Directions to Gulf Hagas

Recent Trail Reviews

7/24/2006
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An awesome hike! You have to cross the river (~ knee high when we went) to get to the trail. The front loop up to the gulf is unbelievable. If you are NOT afraid of heights there are points where you can leave the trail and climb up to the cliff's edge and look down at the river and at times the waterfalls; of course at your own risk. The actual trail is at times difficult to follow and is fairly difficult to climb. There are many small boulders and rock formations that you have to climb up and over that can get technical, especially if it starts to rain and the rocks get wet( like what happened to us). It took us a little less than 4 hours to hike the entire loop, even with all the stopping and sight-seeing we did. It's an unbelievable hike that challenges you but is also one of the best hikes I've been on because you can take your time if you want and enjoy the day. I absolutely loved the hike and the challenge and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great day hike.



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