We were staying in Brownville for the weekend and decided to go to Gulf Hagas as everyone said what a beautiful place it was. The Grand Canyon of Maine. We started off pretty early as we had evening plans. We drove approximately 6 miles down a bumpy, holey road when we reached the entrance. Since we were not Maine residents we had to pay $12 pp plus (to help maintain the roads we were told) another $2 for a map. We had read it was $10 a car, but didn't realize that was for Maine residents only. Whatever, it was fine and we really wanted to go.Since we were limited on time, the lady at the counter suggested we drive the 11 miles or so and do the 1.5 mile hike. Had we of started there at the entrance she said we would have to cross the river in about knee deep water. We opted to drive the approx 11 miles further into the park and do the 1.5 mile hike.
About 8 miles into this miserable dirt road, we encountered a fork where there was a bunch of debris piled up in the middle of the road. The grader had been through and pushed a bunch of rock and dirt into the center of the road. If you have a car that sits low to the ground, as we did, this is not the place you should be. After we managed to run over a churned up rock and ripped the muffler pipe from the flange (which we later found out was the problem~not that the noise alone wasn't an indication), we continued on to the hike. After an hour of walking on poorly marked trails, we had to give up without seeing any waterfalls and head back as the 11 mile ride took quite a long time with the poor conditions of the road. The ride back was further hindered by the man on the grader. We had to ride behind him for quite some time as we clearly could not cross over the pile of debris he was still pushing up.
It took even longer getting out as we were afraid to damage the car even more. However the highlight of the day came when we came around a curve and a moose was standing in the road. That was the last thing we were expecting to see, especially since we were on an our way to a moose safari. Once we reached the entrance/exit, we informed the elderly gentleman working the desk about the grader and that perhaps they should advise little cars to not go up there or at least forwarn them. He said they normally do. If they do or not, I don't know, but if your reading this, consider it your warning. We found it really ironic that we had to pay $12pp "to maintain the roads". Interesting.
So basically this review is more about the road to Gulf Hagas and not the beautiful serene hiking, babbling brooks, and rushing waterfalls that everyone else has apparently experienced. The day clearly wasn't in our favor as that moose safari we had to rush to...yeah... we never even seen a moose. I'm sure Gulf Hagas is everything everyone says it is (with pictures to prove it), just be mindful of the road (and low riding cars )and look out for that grader.
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