Sluiceway Trail

Acadia National Park, Maine

Elevation Gain766ft
Trailhead Elevation151ft
Elevation Min/Max151/891ft
Elevation Start/End151/151ft

Sluiceway Trail

Sluiceway Trail is a hiking trail in Hancock County, Maine. It is within Acadia National Park. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 151 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 766 feet. The Trail Head information guidepost is near the trailhead. The trail ends near Little Notch (elevation 889 feet) and Knight Nubble (elevation 928 feet). This trail connects with the following: Gilley Trail and Bernard Mountain Trail.

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Hiking Acadia National Park (Falcon Guides)
Dolores Kong & Dan Ring
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"Called the Sluiceway Trail for good reason, this steep trail follows a fast-moving creek much of its way. Shorter but more difficult than the South Face Trail that also goes to the 1,071-foot Bernard Mountain, the Sluiceway features switchbacks, rough terrain, precipitous sections, and multiple creek crossings. At 0.4 mile reach a junction with a spur to the Great Notch Trail, which heads off to the right (east). Bear left and continue up the Sluiceway. At 0.9 mile and elevation 890 feet, reach Little Notch and a junction with the South Face Trail. Turn left (southwest) and follow the South Face Trail to the wooded Bernard Mountain summit, elevation 1,071 feet, at 1.1 miles. Look for signs pointing to an overlook, where there is a log bench to sit on and take in the views. Bernard Mountain is the highest peak on Mount Desert Island west of Somes Sound. Highlights: Steep climb up along creek to Little Notch and Bernard Mountain."

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This is a nice though steep trail up a very wooded valley between the mountails. It follows a stream most of the way, and you definately want to bring some bug repellant. There are no real views on the way to the top because you are in the timberline until reaching the top. There is a bench at the top and a kiosk with a sign in book that's full of writings from people all over the world. At the top you can go in several directions to different summits.

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Trail Information

Acadia National Park
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