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    Halifax, MA
    Trailblazer | 623 pts
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    My family and I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. The trail is really fun as you hike along the gorge. We all stopped on the sidetrails to the falls along the way. Our favorite falls was buttermilk falls, a great private swimming place in the sun. This trail is a good workout, it took us 7 hours to do.
    Elkton, MD
    Pathfinder | 71 pts
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    Great trail! It has a little of everything for everyone; falls, overlooks, cliffs, pools of water to swim in......just watch for leeches in some of the pools. We went for a swim to cool off and came out with leeches all over. Still worth it, cooled us off. I didn't know if my kids could handle the trail, but they did it and had a good time.
    Peaks Island, ME
    Explorer | 51 pts
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    By far and away my favorite hike in Maine. They call Gulf Hagas the "Grand Canyon of Maine." This aptly named hike takes you on a walk of the edge of a steep gorge. The first half of the hike is littered with lookout points that are all worth your time. Plan on setting aside an entire day to slowly meander through the region. Stop and swim at every opportunity you get. The water is fresh, clean, freezing and most of all refreshing. There are a couple of really great waterfalls on this hike. Some of which you can swim up to and slip in behind them. The trail is really a 4.5 mile hike followed by a 4.5 mile walk on flat ground. Allow most of your time on this trip for the first 4.5 miles because when you turn the corner and hike through the woods on the way back it is simply a quick flat hike back on solid ground. A short distance from the trail head you will need to ford a river/stream which in most cases requires the taking on and off of your shoes/boots. Getting to the hike can be a challenge though, Depending on which way your come into Mary-Jo you may re required to drive for up to 10 miles on a poorly maintained dirt road. My first time out I turned around short of reaching the rangers station thinking for sure I was driving to the middle of a logging operation. Don't forget to bring your own water because despite the sign in the window they do not sell water at the ranger station. Camping there is a great experience too. Watch out for ticks I got Lyme last year on this hike.
    Brooklyn, NY
    Pathfinder | 71 pts
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    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.
    Farm Hill, MA
    Pathfinder | 60 pts
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    An awesome hike! You have to cross the river (~ knee high when we went) to get to the trail. The front loop up to the gulf is unbelievable. If you are NOT afraid of heights there are points where you can leave the trail and climb up to the cliff's edge and look down at the river and at times the waterfalls; of course at your own risk. The actual trail is at times difficult to follow and is fairly difficult to climb. There are many small boulders and rock formations that you have to climb up and over that can get technical, especially if it starts to rain and the rocks get wet( like what happened to us). It took us a little less than 4 hours to hike the entire loop, even with all the stopping and sight-seeing we did. It's an unbelievable hike that challenges you but is also one of the best hikes I've been on because you can take your time if you want and enjoy the day. I absolutely loved the hike and the challenge and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great day hike.
    Winterport, ME
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    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..
    Quebec, QC
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    Great day trail
    Not too difficult. Nice views of falls and river. Had luch on the rocks over the river.

    Trail Information

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    Trail Type
    Moderate to Difficult
    Skill Level
    5-8 hours
    Mid-May to Oct
    Additional Use
    Views, Waterfalls
    Appalachian Mountain Club, Greenville office, (207) 695-3085,; Maine Appalachian Trail Club,; KI-Jo Mary MultiUse Forest, (207) 435-6213,
    Local Contacts
    Delorme: The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer maps 41 and 42; USGS Barren Mountain East
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