"The Gulf Hagas day hike bends the rule about hikes in this book primarily following the A.T. Of the 8.2 miles, only 2.6 are on the A.T. The Gulf’s deep slate canyon made it easy to bend the rule. It is a wilderness area of astounding beauty and can only be reached via the A.T. Gulf Hagas Brook cuts its way through the canyon in a series of spectacular waterfalls.
The pools below the falls create a number of swimming holes that hearty hikers may want to sample. You’ll want to take care though: several of the descents from the Trail to the brook are quite steep and rocky. The easiest falls to reach for swimming are at the top and bottom of the Gulf Hagas Loop. This loop makes an especially good fall foliage hike if you’re not interested in swimming." Read more
"Described as the “Grand Canyon of Maine,” Gulf Hagas is a deep gorge where rushing water slowly carves the slate walls that surround it. This scenic loop meanders through pleasant forests, to the edges of steep precipices, and amid the refreshing spray of crashing waterfalls. Gulf Hagas is unlike any other place in New England. Save for the dynamite that once aided the logging drives that took place here, it is a location that continues to change slowly, in fact, negligibly, over the course of a human lifetime." Read more
"Described as the “Grand Canyon of Maine,” Gulf Hagas is a deep gorge where rushing water continues to erode and smooth the slate walls that surround it. This scenic loop meanders through a tall pine forest, to the edges of steep precipices and amid the refreshing spray of crashing waterfalls. Gulf Hagas is unlike any other place in New England and, save for the dynamite that was used to aid the log drives that once took place here, it is a location that continues to change very little in the course of a human lifetime." Read more
"An exceptional rim hike along Maine’s “Grand Canyon” with side trips to its numerous waterfalls, cascades, chutes, and pools. Deep within the 100-Mile Wilderness, the West Branch of the Pleasant River cuts through a spectacular gorge, known as Gulf Hagas. For more than 2 miles, the river tumbles and churns through the slate canyon forming an attractive series of waterfalls, pools, and chutes. The Gulf is so extraordinary, the National Park Service pronounced it a Registered Natural Landmark in 1968 for its “exceptional value in illustrating the natural history of the United States.” This trip travels the rim of the canyon, which offers outstanding views from atop its sheer cliffs and access to many of the Gulf’s scenic wonders." Read more
"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." Read more
"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." Read more