Cutler Coast

Cutler, Maine 4626

Cutler Coast

Cutler Coast Professional Review and Guide

"While Maine is famous for its rugged coastline, from June to September many of its most beautiful spots are bustling with activity. In contrast, the 12,000-acre Cutler Coast Public Reserve, located along Maine’s less-traveled Bold Coast, offers crowd-free viewing of ocean scenery that is as spectacular as any other in New England. Protected by the state in the 1990s with the help of Maine Coast Heritage Trust and the Land for Maine’s Future Program, the Cutler Coast offers hikers the option of a 5.5- mile loop or a more rugged 9.1-mile circuit that includes three primitive campsites. The reserve is a land of rocky cliffs, invigorating ocean breezes, cleansing aromas, and melodious birdcalls. Whether a half day, a full day, or multiple days, a journey to Cutler Coast will dazzle your senses and free your mind."

More Cutler Coast Professional Reviews and Guides

"While Maine is famous for its rugged coastline, from June to September many of the most scenic spots are overrun with visitors. To the contrary, the 12,000 acre Cutler Coast Public Reserve, located along Maine’s less traveled Bold Coast, offers crowd-free viewing of nearly 5 miles of ocean scenery as spectacular as any other stretch in Maine and beyond.

Protected by the state in the 1990s with the help of Maine Coast Heritage Trust and the Land for Maine’s Future Program, the Cutler Coast is a land of rugged, rocky cliffs where cool temperatures sail in on refreshing sea breezes even during the hottest weeks of the summer. The reserve offers hikers two loop options, a 5.8-mile and a 10-mile journey, as well as three primitive campsites for overnight adventures. Whether half-day, full-day, or multiple-day, a sojourn to the Cutler Coast is a memorable opportunity to spot whales, moose, and countless species of birds."

Cutler Coast Reviews

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9/1/2012
Wrote the same review for 3 Bold Coast trails, I don't know them individually. I did the whole loop starting in the lot to the coastal trail, camped at site 2 and returned on the inland trail. The parking lot is a descent size, has a large outhouse. No water available. I arrived at night and slept in the bed of pickup the first night w/o issue. A few important things to note are the following. No good water available, pools of water are brackish and/or swamp. One stream with a very low flow halfway down coastal trail, which had a dead chipmunk upstream I found out when filtering. I used a filter and sweetwater solution on the stream and swamp water (see picture), didn't get sick but the water will be brown from the swamp. Only 3 campsites, each has enough room for about 2-4 tents or hammocks, first come first serve and they each have at least 1 large mesh outdoor box with a toilet seat on top (site 2 has two of them facing each other if you feel competitive). Light house across the bay to South has a fog horn, goes off every 8 seconds or so. It's a loud low tone and after a while I tuned it out so no problem, if you can tune it out. The coastal trail is challenging, multiple elevation changes, rocky rooted trail, has amazing view the whole way. It's a combination of on the shore and slightly inland. Halfway is the stream and trail that brings you to inland trail, didn't do that trail. Along the way is a nice pebbled beach accessible down very steep trail, it's a climb to get back up. After looping the South end you go to the inland trail, the growth here is like something out of fantasy and none of my pictures do it justice. Also has elevation changes but easier than the coastal. There are viewpoints along both trails, all but one were worth seeing. Barely any bugs/ mosquitoes and wildlife I saw was all small but heard wolves across the road from parking lot the first night. I will be hiking this again but bring a lot of water plus the filter and solution.
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Cutler
Nearby City
9.1
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
7 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
USGS: Cutler, ME
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