Gulf Hagas
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  • MaineisleGal
    Owls Head, Maine49 contributions
    Excellent hike in September
    This was a beautiful, well marked hike. We received a great map at the KI checkpoint. We parked at the eastern lot (Gulf Hagas) near the Hermitage. That parking lot has room for about 10 cars but we were told at the KI gate that parking is allowed on the side of the road. There are pit toilets at the parking area. Wading across the river was easy since the water was low (a foot deep at most). We were very happy to find a Ridge Runner (AT volunteer) at the crossing. She answered our questions and suggested we leave our water shoes under the bench instead of carrying them with us - great idea! We went out the Rim Trail as far as Buttermilk Falls. A thunderstorm was imminent so we headed back to the parking lot via the Pleasant River Tote Trail. This was a beautiful hike and very worthwhile. For the most part it is not difficult, but there are very rocky/uneven/slippery areas where you need to be careful.
    Visited September 2021
    Written September 23, 2021
  • Debbie S
    7 contributions
    Awesome views
    We read some of the reviews and luckily did not encounter the bugs described by some. Views were amazing and hike was of average difficulty (my ten year old did the loop which was about 4 hours from the parking lot). We packed a towel to wipe our feet at the river crossing and had no issues crossing. Mixed terrain which kept it interesting. Very well maintained trail!
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written August 23, 2022
  • maritimeexplorer
    Nova Scotia, Canada3,958 contributions
    There is another way to get here
    First of all Gulf Hagas is nowhere near Rockwood. It should be listed as Greenville if you are coming in from the northern end or Brownville Junction if from the south. It appears from the reviews that some hikers are not aware that for the past few years there is a much easier alternate route from the town of Greenville to a newly constructed bridge over the Pleasant River. No need to ford the river and start off with wet feet if you come in by this route. From the parking lot it is a fairly easy 1.6 miles to the start of the Rim Trail. It is also possible to hike the trail in one direction if you have two cars. Park the first one at the southern parking lot and then take the KI Road up to the northern parking lot close to the bridge. This will involve crossing the river at the end of the hike, but for most that is preferable to doing it at the start. Doing it this way also makes it easier to do the entire Rim Trail as well as visit Screw Auger Falls and the Iron Works all in one day. Others have described how difficult the trail is and that is no exagerration. The continuous up and down over what can be very slippery and root covered rocks requires paying close attention to where you step. Even with walking sticks and well gripped hiking boots both my hiking companion and I each took a good fall. As a local expert he had hiked the trail on many occassions and was kind enough to point out a number of places where others had met an untimely end - a real condidence booster! And finally, as others have noted, Gulf Hagas is no Grand Canyon. So why bother? Because accepting the challenges will take you through an amazing stretch of waterfalls, rapids and increasingly narrow chasm that is unique. Hopefully that will come through in the attached pictures. Also, if you do go in by the northern route consider when you get back to Greenville consider driving north on the Lily Bay Road to Prong Pond Road and follow the well marked signs to the site of a B-52 crash in 1963. Amazingly the crash remains are strewn throughout a hardwood forest on the edge of Elephant Mountain and have been left as a monument to the fliers who were killed in the crash. This is not a hike, but an easy walk a short distance from the parking lot.
    Visited November 2012
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 25, 2012
  • Becky Goodell
    3 contributions
    Rude gate keeper
    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.
    Visited August 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2020
  • David G
    Middletown, Rhode Island84 contributions
    We Tried...
    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.
    Visited July 2018
    Traveled on business
    Written July 9, 2018
  • Matthew Daniel
    Rochester, Massachusetts31 contributions
    Beautiful Day Hike
    I decided to hike Gulf Hagas this past September after hearing about its waterfalls and swimming holes. Now mind you, I didn't end up swimming since it was the middle of September, and it was 60 degrees out, but it was still a really awesome hike. Going to Gulf Hagas you have to take the Katahdin Ironworks Road from either Greenville or Brownville Junction, which is not paved since it is an active logging road and can be a little bumpy. I went in from Brownville, and the drive was fine, but before you get to the parking area, you do have to stop at the KI checkpoint to pay a fee to use the road. I paid $12 since I was from out of state, but Maine residents only pay $10. You can also pay $2 for a map, but I just downloaded the map online for free before I went. There are also campsites around the Gulf Hagas area that one can also use for a fee, which can be paid at the checkpoint. From the checkpoint, there are two different areas you can start the hike at. The first parking area that you can start from requires fording a stream, and the second parking area (or first if you are coming from Greenville) does not require crossing a stream. I started from the first parking area coming from Brownville, and decided to ford the stream, which is not as high in the Fall, but can be much more treacherous in the Spring, so be wary! It was a little less than knee high at its deepest, and I would definitely recommend packing an extra pair of socks in case. I actually packed a pair of water shoes just to ford the stream and changed back into my hiking shoes after crossing it. From the stream, is a short hike along the Appalachian Trail to the beginning of the Rim Trail, which follows along the edge of the gorge, and loops around back to where the Rim Trail starts. I decided to go left and start along the edge of the gulf. This part of the trail does have side trails that go down to where the waterfalls that Gulf Hagas is known for are, but further along the trail after Screw Auger Falls, can be very steep, so take caution. It is not impossible to do, but there is a lot of up and down. Along the trail, there are also two different cutoff trails, which make the trip a little bit shorter, but if you decide to do the entire loop from the parking area and back, it is about 9 miles. I decided to take the second cutoff trail, which made my trip about 6 miles, since I started a little late, and it was starting to get dark at 6:30 pm.
    Written March 15, 2015
  • EllieRose603
    Newmarket, New Hampshire22 contributions
    Gem of a Hike!
    My boyfriend and I decided to take up Gulf Hagas while on vacation in Millinocket and I am so glad we did. After reading many reviews we decided to take our dog with us (2 year old mutt mix) and she did fine. She loves climbing and scaling rocks so we had no trouble with the steep sections because she would just jump over them. HOWEVER, I would not recommend this trail to people with dogs that are older, have difficulty climbing rocks or get tired easy. This hike can take anywhere from 3-8 hours depending on which loops you take and the speed of your pace. First of all, get a good trail map- the National Park Service put together many trial markers and 'viewpoint' signs throughout the area but you won't be able to identify what these mean without the maps they go with. These maps can be found at the information booth at the outskirts of the park for a small fee. Second of all, wear good shoes or even better, hiking boots. Although the trails in the park do not have a ton of incline to them, they often involve steep sections of rocks or boulders that either have to be climbed or scaled down. There are also damp wet spots, muddy terrain and if you're coming from the West Parking lot, a river to be crossed. Drinking water is also recommended. We hiked in from the West Side at Hay Brook. There were toilets at the parking lot and a big map/sign indicating the location. If you enter the park this way, you will have to cross a river. It wasn't deep when we crossed it but the rocks underwater were slippery so be careful. The river was probably 150 feet across. From here it's about 2 miles to the actual Gulf Hagas trailhead loop. Look for the old giant white pines along the way! I read somewhere that you should take the left fork when you reach the Gulf Hagas welcome sign located on a giant boulder, this way you can hit all of the 'viewpoints' first when making the loop. This was really good advice because the Pleasant River Tote Road is a nice flat straight shot of a trail so it was much easier and way faster returning to the cars that way. On the other hand, the left trail (Rim Trail) is completely opposite, it follows the rim of the river gorge hence its name so it rises and falls quite frequently and at points you'll be forced to climb steep sections of rock. The various viewpoints along the Rim Trail are amazing. You'll come across various waterfalls, steep sections of gorges, large basins in the rock wall and some pretty neat natural beauties. But beware of that fact that this trail is on the rim of a gorge which means the drop from the trail down to the river is sometimes hundreds of feet so make sure your dog (or kids!) don't go running ahead without being aware of that. The overall loop is a pretty long hike, I think it took us 6.5 hours to do that entire thing, stopping once at buttermilk falls to swim & have lunch. However there are a couple intersecting trails along the way that can be used to scale down the length of your hike. These can also be used as 'fast-track' trails if you just want to see one viewpoint, just take the easier Tote Road and cut across a dissecting trail to make the loop a little less strenuous. I definitely recommend Gulf Hagas as a day trip while visiting the Great north Woods area, although the fee to get into the park is a little steep (maybe $10/pp bc they charge what campers would pay for a night) but it's totally worth it If you have time check out the old iron works site at the west branch side!
    Visited August 2016
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2016
  • Cynthia K
    Westville, Indiana3,102 contributions
    Strenuous Day Hike In Maine
    Struggled with the star rating. This trail is really above average (4 or 5 stars) for the young, fit person used to the strenuous trails in New England. For the middle aged, overweight flatlanders it was an asskicker. This trail broke me. Let me say that we are experienced day hikers. Just not used to the strenuous nature of this hike. Before heading to the trailhead, you have to pay a day use fee. I don't know if anyone actually checks, but why take a chance? We showed up early, 0800 to the West Branch of Pleasant Road parking area. We decided we wanted the full experience of crossing the stream. The stream is difficult in that when you're barefoot the rocks are really hard on your feet & slippery. There was a Maine Hiking Club member out at the stream passing out sticks to help out. I gratefully accepted one. The trail is pretty easy until you get to the junction of Gulf Hagas & Pleasant River Tote Road. There are still some smaller streams to ford that don't have bridges. We continued on to Gulf Hagas. It didn't immediately become a nightmare. It just adds up. The rocks. The roots. The climbing up the rocks. The overlooks where there's nothing to see. As careful as we were, I still fell once. My stick saved me from other falls. At 1.9 miles we reached the first cut off. In retrospect, we should have taken it & continued down Pleasant Branch Road left to the better falls downstream. I was stubbornly refusing to let this trail break me. We continued on. At 2.5 miles, we took a longer break & ate our sandwiches. Recharged, I was ready to continue on. Then there was an endless stretch where I couldn't make it up these rock faces without help from Scott. At least 4 times in 50 feet & I couldn't take it anymore. At 3 miles we reached the cut off & we took it back to the Pleasant Branch Road Trail. I felt terrible. The best falls on the trail & I couldn't make it. When we got back to the stream I spoke to the Maine Hiking Club member, Moxie. She was very kind & told me a lot of people use the cut offs. I felt a little better after talking to her. She said she would recommend going back & using the farther trailhead where you don't have to cross the stream. See the better waterfalls & go back at the cutoff. If we weren't so exhausted, we would have done it. So, if you're fit & an experienced hiker this trail will challenge you. If you're not beware & use the cut offs when you come up to them. Better yet, take the alternatives mentioned.
    Visited August 2015
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 3, 2015
  • krtman
    Hallowell, Maine104 contributions
    cold river
    We took the hike from south to north, the shortened route, starting on the river side. Wow that river was cold to ford. It was a sunny day around 50F but the water was brutally cold. About 14 in. deep at the most, I am just complaining. Much easier on the way back. This is a rugged hike defined on the way up by roots and rocks and cliffs ending in some great views of the river. Really cool. There is one spot where you leave the trail and walk down toward the river. I recommend that. And the road from Greenville is just fine despite other reviews.
    Visited October 2014
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 21, 2015
  • authored
    Springfield, Virginia1,130 contributions
    One of the BEST hikes east of the Mississippi!!
    This is a wonderful day hike....it is about 10 miles roundtrip from the parking area on the KI road. There is a fee to enter the road from either end (recommend a DeLorme to find it), but it is well-worth it!! You have to wade across the West Branch of the Pleasant River, which is 0.2 mile from the parking area. We take a pair of water shoes to cross the rive and one other small stream about 1.2 miles further up the A.T. I recommend hiking shoes, although many younger people do not use them. Bring a lunch and picnic by one of the spectacular waterfalls. This is a MUST visit on any trip to NW Maine or Baxter State Park.
    Visited August 2015
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 14, 2015
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Becky Goodell
Raymond, ME3 contributions
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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David G
Middletown, RI84 contributions
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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Matthew Daniel
Rochester, MA31 contributions
I decided to hike Gulf Hagas this past September after hearing about its waterfalls and swimming holes. Now mind you, I didn't end up swimming since it was the middle of September, and it was 60 degrees out, but it was still a really awesome hike. Going to Gulf Hagas you have to take the Katahdin Ironworks Road from either Greenville or Brownville Junction, which is not paved since it is an active logging road and can be a little bumpy. I went in from Brownville, and the drive was fine, but before you get to the parking area, you do have to stop at the KI checkpoint to pay a fee to use the road. I paid $12 since I was from out of state, but Maine residents only pay $10. You can also pay $2 for a map, but I just downloaded the map online for free before I went. There are also campsites around the Gulf Hagas area that one can also use for a fee, which can be paid at the checkpoint. From the checkpoint, there are two different areas you can start the hike at. The first parking area that you can start from requires fording a stream, and the second parking area (or first if you are coming from Greenville) does not require crossing a stream. I started from the first parking area coming from Brownville, and decided to ford the stream, which is not as high in the Fall, but can be much more treacherous in the Spring, so be wary! It was a little less than knee high at its deepest, and I would definitely recommend packing an extra pair of socks in case. I actually packed a pair of water shoes just to ford the stream and changed back into my hiking shoes after crossing it. From the stream, is a short hike along the Appalachian Trail to the beginning of the Rim Trail, which follows along the edge of the gorge, and loops around back to where the Rim Trail starts. I decided to go left and start along the edge of the gulf. This part of the trail does have side trails that go down to where the waterfalls that Gulf Hagas is known for are, but further along the trail after Screw Auger Falls, can be very steep, so take caution. It is not impossible to do, but there is a lot of up and down. Along the trail, there are also two different cutoff trails, which make the trip a little bit shorter, but if you decide to do the entire loop from the parking area and back, it is about 9 miles. I decided to take the second cutoff trail, which made my trip about 6 miles, since I started a little late, and it was starting to get dark at 6:30 pm.
Written March 15, 2015
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EllieRose603
Newmarket, NH22 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
My boyfriend and I decided to take up Gulf Hagas while on vacation in Millinocket and I am so glad we did. After reading many reviews we decided to take our dog with us (2 year old mutt mix) and she did fine. She loves climbing and scaling rocks so we had no trouble with the steep sections because she would just jump over them. HOWEVER, I would not recommend this trail to people with dogs that are older, have difficulty climbing rocks or get tired easy. This hike can take anywhere from 3-8 hours depending on which loops you take and the speed of your pace.

First of all, get a good trail map- the National Park Service put together many trial markers and 'viewpoint' signs throughout the area but you won't be able to identify what these mean without the maps they go with. These maps can be found at the information booth at the outskirts of the park for a small fee. Second of all, wear good shoes or even better, hiking boots. Although the trails in the park do not have a ton of incline to them, they often involve steep sections of rocks or boulders that either have to be climbed or scaled down. There are also damp wet spots, muddy terrain and if you're coming from the West Parking lot, a river to be crossed. Drinking water is also recommended.

We hiked in from the West Side at Hay Brook. There were toilets at the parking lot and a big map/sign indicating the location. If you enter the park this way, you will have to cross a river. It wasn't deep when we crossed it but the rocks underwater were slippery so be careful. The river was probably 150 feet across. From here it's about 2 miles to the actual Gulf Hagas trailhead loop. Look for the old giant white pines along the way!

I read somewhere that you should take the left fork when you reach the Gulf Hagas welcome sign located on a giant boulder, this way you can hit all of the 'viewpoints' first when making the loop. This was really good advice because the Pleasant River Tote Road is a nice flat straight shot of a trail so it was much easier and way faster returning to the cars that way. On the other hand, the left trail (Rim Trail) is completely opposite, it follows the rim of the river gorge hence its name so it rises and falls quite frequently and at points you'll be forced to climb steep sections of rock.

The various viewpoints along the Rim Trail are amazing. You'll come across various waterfalls, steep sections of gorges, large basins in the rock wall and some pretty neat natural beauties. But beware of that fact that this trail is on the rim of a gorge which means the drop from the trail down to the river is sometimes hundreds of feet so make sure your dog (or kids!) don't go running ahead without being aware of that.

The overall loop is a pretty long hike, I think it took us 6.5 hours to do that entire thing, stopping once at buttermilk falls to swim & have lunch. However there are a couple intersecting trails along the way that can be used to scale down the length of your hike. These can also be used as 'fast-track' trails if you just want to see one viewpoint, just take the easier Tote Road and cut across a dissecting trail to make the loop a little less strenuous.

I definitely recommend Gulf Hagas as a day trip while visiting the Great north Woods area, although the fee to get into the park is a little steep (maybe $10/pp bc they charge what campers would pay for a night) but it's totally worth it If you have time check out the old iron works site at the west branch side!
Written September 14, 2016
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Cynthia K
Westville, IN3,102 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
Struggled with the star rating. This trail is really above average (4 or 5 stars) for the young, fit person used to the strenuous trails in New England. For the middle aged, overweight flatlanders it was an asskicker. This trail broke me. Let me say that we are experienced day hikers. Just not used to the strenuous nature of this hike.

Before heading to the trailhead, you have to pay a day use fee. I don't know if anyone actually checks, but why take a chance?
We showed up early, 0800 to the West Branch of Pleasant Road parking area. We decided we wanted the full experience of crossing the stream. The stream is difficult in that when you're barefoot the rocks are really hard on your feet & slippery. There was a Maine Hiking Club member out at the stream passing out sticks to help out. I gratefully accepted one.

The trail is pretty easy until you get to the junction of Gulf Hagas & Pleasant River Tote Road. There are still some smaller streams to ford that don't have bridges.
We continued on to Gulf Hagas. It didn't immediately become a nightmare. It just adds up. The rocks. The roots. The climbing up the rocks. The overlooks where there's nothing to see. As careful as we were, I still fell once. My stick saved me from other falls.
At 1.9 miles we reached the first cut off. In retrospect, we should have taken it & continued down Pleasant Branch Road left to the better falls downstream. I was stubbornly refusing to let this trail break me. We continued on.
At 2.5 miles, we took a longer break & ate our sandwiches. Recharged, I was ready to continue on. Then there was an endless stretch where I couldn't make it up these rock faces without help from Scott. At least 4 times in 50 feet & I couldn't take it anymore. At 3 miles we reached the cut off & we took it back to the Pleasant Branch Road Trail. I felt terrible. The best falls on the trail & I couldn't make it.

When we got back to the stream I spoke to the Maine Hiking Club member, Moxie. She was very kind & told me a lot of people use the cut offs. I felt a little better after talking to her. She said she would recommend going back & using the farther trailhead where you don't have to cross the stream. See the better waterfalls & go back at the cutoff. If we weren't so exhausted, we would have done it.

So, if you're fit & an experienced hiker this trail will challenge you. If you're not beware & use the cut offs when you come up to them. Better yet, take the alternatives mentioned.
Written September 3, 2015
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krtman
Hallowell, ME104 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
We took the hike from south to north, the shortened route, starting on the river side. Wow that river was cold to ford. It was a sunny day around 50F but the water was brutally cold. About 14 in. deep at the most, I am just complaining. Much easier on the way back. This is a rugged hike defined on the way up by roots and rocks and cliffs ending in some great views of the river. Really cool. There is one spot where you leave the trail and walk down toward the river. I recommend that. And the road from Greenville is just fine despite other reviews.
Written February 21, 2015
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authored
Springfield, VA1,130 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
This is a wonderful day hike....it is about 10 miles roundtrip from the parking area on the KI road. There is a fee to enter the road from either end (recommend a DeLorme to find it), but it is well-worth it!! You have to wade across the West Branch of the Pleasant River, which is 0.2 mile from the parking area. We take a pair of water shoes to cross the rive and one other small stream about 1.2 miles further up the A.T. I recommend hiking shoes, although many younger people do not use them. Bring a lunch and picnic by one of the spectacular waterfalls. This is a MUST visit on any trip to NW Maine or Baxter State Park.
Written August 14, 2015
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Stan W
West Enfield, ME6 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
Today 5/3/2014 we started at the first parking lot. We had planned on wading the stream. Well I tried first and about 3/4 way over it go to be too deep. So we decided to walk up the river on the opposite side. We eventually hiked almost 2 miles says the map but that's a straight line and believe me there were hills and it felt like 7 miles. I go and hike the trail 3-4 times a year, It's SUPERB.
Written May 4, 2014
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broomhilda04
Jacksonville, FL188 contributions
May 2013 • Friends
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.
Written July 1, 2013
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CourtneyMD
Auburn, ME480 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
We parked at the Upper Gulf Parking Area, walked 1.7 miles to meet the Rim Trail, took that down past Cole's Corner, connected to the Pleasant Trail, did an out and back on that to Screw Auger Falls, and then took Pleasant Trail back to the car--all told, with the viewpoints, it was about 10 miles and took us 6 hours. We brought our very athletic, but older, mini-poodle with us, and he did fine--but we definitely kept him leashed next to some of the steep drop offs. We are experienced hikers, and I found the Rim Trail to be quite treacherous in sections--lots of very slippery slanting rocks, big step ups/step downs, slippery mud, etc. Also, the Rim Trail is very undulating--lots of ups and downs. The Pleasant Trail is super easy, with lots of "balance beam" crossings over muddy patches. The waterfalls along the Rim Trail are gorgeous. All in all, I'm glad we did the hike, but I wouldn't do it again, or recommend it for anyone without adequate equipment or experience. As Maine residents, we had to pay $9 each for trail passes, plus we bought a map (would recommend) for $2. In early June, bugs were bad in some places and tolerable in others.
Written June 11, 2017
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