Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land

Cutler, Maine 04626

Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land

Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A vigorous loop hike along the Bold Coast yields grand views of
rugged oceanfront headlands, pocket coves, cobble beaches, peat
bogs and grassy meadows."

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AMC's Best Backpacking in New England (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Matt Heid
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"Located at the farthest end of Maine’s coast, the Cutler Coast is often muddy, foggy, and wet. But it offers the opportunity to backpack through a spongy maritime forest along the rockbound hide of New England’s northern coast. The hike first follows Coastal Trail south along the ocean for 4.0 miles, passing cliffy promontories and pocket coves. It returns via Inland Trail, where a soggy cedar, spruce, and fir forest drapes the landscape. The trail is often muddy and travels across extensive sections of slick bog bridging. Available water sources are mostly brown and tannin-soaked. Carry a filter or bring all your water. Weekends in Cutler have become busy; weekdays generally see much less traffic and offer more solitude."

Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land Trip Reports

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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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Trail Information

Cutler
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
9.9
Distance
1,080 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
6 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land (parksandlands.com; 207-941-4412)
Local Contacts
USGS Cutler; Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 27 (DeLorme); Cutler Coast Public Lands: Guide & Map (Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands)
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