Gulf Hagas

Greenville, Maine 04441

Gulf Hagas

Gulf Hagas Professional Review and Guide

"Gulf Hagas is one of Maine’s deepest canyons. The hike follows the West Branch Pleasant River as it drops 400 feet in 4 miles through the Gulf. There are numerous waterfalls and rapids. The walls of the Gulf rise vertical at times as much as 140 feet. Below Gulf Hagas the hike follows Gulf Hagas Stream up past numerous waterfalls, including Screw Auger Falls—the highest on the whole hike."

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"This long hike deep in the Maine woods is one of the grandest Maine adventures. With big cliffs and cool waterfalls all along the way, you’ll want to spend a whole day here."

"Gulf Hagas is one of Maine’s deepest canyons. The hike follows the West Branch Pleasant River as it drops 400 feet in 4 miles through the Gulf. There are numerous waterfalls and rapids. The walls of the Gulf rise vertical at times as much as 140 feet. Below Gulf Hagas the hike follows Gulf Hagas Brook up past numerous waterfalls, including Screw Auger Falls—the highest on the hike."

"A hike along a gorge with steep cliffs and waterfalls. This beautiful canyon and the land around it was proclaimed a national landmark in 1968. As such, it is off-limits to logging. This hike takes place in the Katahdin Iron Works Multiple Use Forest.

The Katahdin Iron Works itself has been preserved as a state historic memorial. You can walk around the old smelter and beehive charcoal burner. Informational signs explain the processes that took place on this site more than 100 years ago. A primitive campsite in the multiple use forest serves as a base camp for those wishing to spend more than a day in the area. General location: Northwest of the town of Milo in Piscataquis County."

Gulf Hagas Reviews

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7/8/2007
This is a very scenic hike along a gorge and offers great views with relatively little elevation gain. Even without the elevation gain the trail isn't easy as much of it follows the edge of the gorge and offers a very rocky, wet trail that requires careful stepping and occasionally a little light bouldering. The trail is well maintained and well marked and trails to viewpoints have been blazed and are signposted. However, there are a few things you should know. 1. To get into the forest you must pay $9 a person. The fee gets you several maps and information guides. 2. The front gate will direct you to the Pleasant River Parking Area. From this point you must ford a river that can be anywhere from a few inches deep to waist deep and there is no way to rock hop across it. Ask at the front gate for the depth of the river. You can also start the trail at the Hay Brook Parking Lot if the river is too high. 3. The trail length from the Pleasant River trailhead is 8.2 miles (not 6.8 as listed in the guide) and takes 5-8 hours.
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8/1/2005
It seems a shame that trails are not rated by degree of difficulty prior to selecting the download. A steep trail is not a problem for us, but difficult footing along a canyon is, so we never took this hike. Be forewarned before you choose to download. We are 67 years old and that must be factored into your decision..
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Trail Information

Greenville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
10.2
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5-8 hours
Duration
Mid-May to Oct
Season
Appalachian Mountain Club, Greenville office, (207) 695-3085, www.outdoors.org; Maine Appalachian Trail Club, www.matc.org; KI-Jo Mary MultiUse Forest, (207) 435-6213, www.northmainewoods.org
Local Contacts
Delorme: The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer maps 41 and 42; USGS Barren Mountain East
Local Maps

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Oct 2018