Gorham Mountain Trail

Acadia National Park, Maine

Distance1.5mi
Elevation Gain928ft
Trailhead Elevation67ft
Top517ft
Elevation Min/Max67/517ft
Elevation Start/End67/67ft

Gorham Mountain Trail

Gorham Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Hancock County, Maine. It is within Acadia National Park. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 67 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 928 feet. The GorehamTH information guidepost is near the trailhead. There is also a parking. The Cadillac Cliffs (elevation 279 feet) cliff, the TrailJCT information guidepost, and Gorham Mountain (elevation 436 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Otter Cove Trail and Cadillac Cliffs Path.

Gorham Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A moderate hike up to wide-open views of the ocean is followed by a walk along the dramatic coastline between Sand Beach and Otter Cliffs."

"Easy accessibility, quick climb, no backtracking, and mountains-to-sea views . . . what more could you ask for? This hike up 525-foot Gorham Mountain is the perfect half-day jaunt. It’s not rail-trail flat, but the elevation gain is gradual and the rewards far outweigh the effort. Combine this hike with a walk along Sand Beach, then return to Bar Harbor for a cup of steaming chowder, and you have the makings for a fine winter day."

"An ancient sea cave and overhanging cliffs, dramatic views, a peaceful pond. . . . This delightful hike, well marked with frequent signs, is best suited for kids with endurance and some hiking experience. Younger children can hike to the turnaround point and back, taking in the rock tunnel, cliffs, and sea cave, for a total hike of 1 mile."

"This is a classic Acadia hike to a 525-foot peak with sweeping views of Great Head, Sand Beach, Otter Cliff, Champlain Mountain, and the Beehive. The trail, among the most traveled in the park, is also one of the most historic, dating back to the early 1900s and the Great Depression. The hike includes a spur trail to Cadillac Cliffs and an ancient sea cave.

The Gorham Mountain Trail, marked by blue blazes and historic Bates-style cairns, takes hikers to some of the most rewarding views in Acadia, with nearly uninterrupted ridgetop panoramas of everything from Great Head and Sand Beach to the Beehive, and from Cadillac Mountain to Dorr Mountain. The trail follows the great ridge that runs north all the way to Champlain Mountain and is the closest to the ocean of all of Acadia’s mountain ridges."

Gorham Mountain Trail Reviews

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8/18/2009
I loved this trail. The views were great. The trail starts off easy but then as you go along the trail gets more challanging but not very difficult. I would do this trail again.
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8/15/2009
If you don't have a car in Bar Harbor, you can take the free Island Hopper bus from the Village Green in town, (It's the Eden bus), down the loop road. Tell the bus driver you want to get off at the Gorham Mountain Trail head, which is after the Sand Beach stop. The trail head is 1/2 way down the parking lot on the right. It's fairly easy to follow and is what I'd call a light to medium difficulty. There's no serious climbing, and fairly gentle grades. (Though there are a few spots that get steep for a few moment.) The views from the trail's high points go both west towards the mountains and east towards the sea. The whole thing, (even with a side trip to the lake and back), is do-able in under a couple of hours if you're moving quickly and not more than three unless you actually take a nap or something. It's a great trail if you want to hit a trail in the AM and go do other things or get in a quick mid-PM hike before losing the sun. Enjoy! Scott
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8/5/2009
Excellent relatively easy hike with beautiful views of Sand Beach, Great Head, and the ocean. Lots of prime mountain blueberries and huckleberries that the kids all enjoyed.
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8/11/2006
Enjoyable hike when looking for an easier hike. Great views from the summit. I recommend taking the Cadillac Cliffs Trail on the ascent and returning the whole way on the Gorham Mountain Trail. Lots of "rock-hopping" on Cadillac Cliffs to keep it interesting.
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9/10/2005
Very easy hike. Took about 40 min to the summit of Gorham. Great views from there though... If you continue to "the bowl" its another 40 min but also very nice small lake inbetween peaks. "The beehive" took another 30 minutes to get up. From there almost the same views as Gorham but very nice just the same. We took the steep trek back down the beehive to the coast which I would recommend going up that way and down the other way. Altogether a great somewhat easy yet rewarding half day hike.
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