Gulf Hagas

Gulf Hagas, Rockwood: Address, Gulf Hagas Reviews: 4.5/5

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A four-mile-long gorge with vertical walls rising up to 400 feet.
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CLLJJR
Keene, NH217 contributions
Excellent Waterfall Hike
Aug 2021
We got our fill of waterfalls, which seem to be difficult to find in the Moosehead Lake vicinity. We entered the Greenville end and took the Pleasant St trail in and the Rim tour back for better views of the falls as we approached. We hiked as far as the Jaws, which took about 6 hours round trip. Most of the hike was in the forest, which is beautiful and well maintained. It costs $16 each, but that is worth it for the trail maintenance, having a ranger patrolling the hike and the attendant who gave us good hiking advice. Very beautiful view of large and unnamed falls and lovely woods. A few steep spots to climb, but much was relatively flat. Rocks can be slippery as there had been much rain this month.
Written August 9, 2021
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EatSleepHike
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Rigorous but worth it.
Oct 2020
My husband and I (57 & 56) did this hike on the Friday of Columbus Day weekend. We left the trailhead at 10 a.m and got back to the lot at 4:30. We started from the lower parking area, took the rim trail, and returned by Pleasant Brook. We did every spur and overlook trail and took a 15-minute lunch break. That is to say, it's a rigorous and long hike if you do the whole thing but it's very well worth the time and effort. Note that you want to take a pair of water shoes to cross the stream at the beginning. We did not, thinking we'd rock hop. Not an option. We had water over our boots but we both had on wool socks so wants the squishing sound stopped, we were fine. But I would have preferred dry feet going in and out. There's a lot of elevation transitions throughout the hike and some rock scrambling and pulling yourself up by trees and roots. Not for the timid or terribly, terribly out of shape. There are several opportunities to shorten the hike with cut-offs but we persevered and were rewarded with many, many amazing views. It was $16/person. The woman at the gate was extremely kind and helpful. If you're looking for a waterfall-rich, full-day hike, this is it. Happy trails!
Written October 14, 2020
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Becky Goodell
Raymond, ME3 contributions
Rude gate keeper
Aug 2020 • Couples
My husband, and another of our buddies from out platoon tried to hike here with our buddies girlfriend. I pointed out the sign to my husband so we parked in front of the Khatadin Iron Works. He got out and went to the window. The lady there was a very rude, and told him to register. He asked to do so and she told him no, that we could find another way until the trail and that he was being rude.

As there were 3 veterans in the vehicle we all thought it best for us to leave as clearly this employee who was going on about all the good Gov. Mills is doing is against us military folk. Very disappointed for this state to be represented by this lady in the shack. We'll be heading to another site. And as much as we wanted to do this hike I refuse to give money to the wench.
Written August 17, 2020
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TimRicher
Concord, MA40 contributions
beautiful hike along the canyon
Aug 2018
It was a nice hike with many scenic vistas. Lots of waterfalls. It was a little tricky to find. If you drive up the road by the library and then by the airport you're well on your way there.
Written August 27, 2018
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karma645
Maine, NY2 contributions
Family Outing
May 2018
Had a great time. Place is clean, Folks were very polite and helpful. We hiked and had a great time the views were amazing great place to bring kids and even dogs.
Written July 30, 2018
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csgrant12
Plymouth, ME19 contributions
not as hard as it is rated
Jul 2018 • Family
Beautiful views and moderate trail, when you turn on to the dirt road to get there keep going until you reach the gate, it is a good 7 miles in. I would recommend bringing water shoes to cross the river as the rocks can be a bit slippery.
Written July 14, 2018
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David G
Middletown, RI84 contributions
We Tried...
Jul 2018 • Business
Based on all the wonderful reviews, we tried to hike here. After 45 minutes of dirt roads, we came upon a private toll booth. We knew that some private property owners did indeed charge fees. We were okay with that. But the gatekeepers tried to charge us almost $30. It was roadside extortion. Suffice to say, we chose not to pay. To add insult to this all, the gatekeeper was rude.
Written July 9, 2018
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authored
Springfield, VA1,126 contributions
A must do if you have a day and can do a strenuous hike
Aug 2017 • Family
It truly is as advertised, the Grand Canyon of the East. To get there you have to pay an entry fee on the dirt road, but it is only about $10 an adult. There are two main paths. One is on the AT and requires fording a shallow stream with water shoes (carry hiking boots around your neck). The other approach is from the west and is about 3-4 miles of an easy hike until you arrive at the falls. There are some tricky rock scrambles, but no life threatening ones. And the falls and rapids are STUNNING!!
Written August 19, 2017
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charliecarr60
Portland, ME14 contributions
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty." - T. Roosevelt
Aug 2017 • Friends
We drove in via Brownville at the K1 checkpoint. We got directions to/paid for a camp site, a map and got a quintessential send off from the Maine couple who volunteer there for a week at a time. We drove 7 miles on the dirt logging road, parked & hiked about a mile into site #9 on the Pleasant River. We crossed the Pleasant river on the way to the campsite. I didn't use water shoes but had a walking stick b/c the water was low. I did use them for the ford out b/c of higher fast water and for the few other crossings because of slippery rocks and fast water following the rain. One of my friends fell crossing the Pleasant River and we were glad for a dry change of clothes because it was cold. Myself (54) and 2 friends camped in a torrential thunder storm and listened to thunder echoing off the mountains all night while waited for our tent to float away. We stayed dry with our Kelty tent and tarp (miraculous) and started our hike at 10 am on a sunny morning. We hiked the mile or so to the trail head and started the rim trail. We decided that because of the wet slippery conditions we'd hike the rim trail to Screw Auger Falls and Hammond Street Pitch, then then use the cut off to the tote road trail to the next cut off which we took back to the rim trail and saw Buttermilk and Stair Falls. The heavy rain made the falls quite remarkable. The rim trail doesn't have great views of the Jaws so we didn't mind missing it. We took the tote road trail back to camp and the last 3 miles were a real death march for me. I will be losing both little toe nails soon... There wasn't a flat step on the rim trail: all boulders, tree roots, slippery bog bridges, rocks, and roots. It took us 7.5 hours to hike 13.2 miles (camp to camp) with plenty of photography stops and snack/water breaks. The tote road was easy in comparison and I was grateful for the option. Back at the campsite that evening we heard/saw through the tree line a bear (we think) jump in the river and the scree fall into the water after him. We saw the big splash and it's form run downstream but couldn't quite make it out through the trees. The excitement set us up for another sleepless night but we had our food hung in a bear bag and a can of bear spray in the tent so we tried to get some sleep... It was awesome.
Written August 10, 2017
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120CC
DownEast and Acadia Maine, ME495 contributions
Exceptional hike in the "Grand Canyon of Maine"!
Jul 2017 • Couples
It was long overdue that I did the Gulf Hagas hike. I was not disappointed. I did the Rim Trail (the blue trail on the map) and I would split the difficulty of this hike in 3 parts. So you know if you park near the Hermitage, no matter what hike you want to do, you will have to cross the river which is a few minutes away from the parking lot. I did the hike this past July and the water was calf deep. You will have to take off your shoes if you only have hiking shoes. I recommend pool shoes or open light hiking shoes to do the crossing as the river stones are quite slippery. I guess that crossing this river in the Spring must be quite a challenge! I would qualify the first part of the hike on the Rim Trail as easy. Nice trail among beautiful tall pine trees. The first Fall (Screw Auger Falls) offers a pool though you have to go down a small narrow path to get to it. The second part after this is moderate as it is a little steeper. There are quite a lot of roots and stones to watch for on the trail. From about Hammond Street Pitch to the Buttermilk Falls the hike is difficult. Definitively not suitable for small children or people who are not in shape as you one has to climb boulders from time to time and use the upper body. I will say though that it is worth it as the Buttermilk Falls are gorgeous. There is a huge pool at the bottom. The gorge that leads to them offers nice point of views for pictures. I stopped there and did not go to the Billings or Stair Falls. On the way back from the Buttermilk Falls I switched to the red trail that is easier. I am a steady hiker and it took me 4 and a half hours round trip that includes a few stops for pictures and hydration. I highly recommend this hike.
Written August 6, 2017
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