Head of the Gulf Trail
The trail leaves from the east side of Upper Valley Road at a point 0.9 miles north of the junction of Greenville Road and Katahdin Iron Works Road. Trail head parking is 50 feet past the trail head on the left.
From the east via Brownville: Approach the Katahdin Iron Works Rd. on ME 11 either 26.0 mi. southbound from Millinocket or 5.5 mi. northbound from Brownville Jct. Signage for the Katahdin Ironworks Historic Site (KIW) may be missing, so check your mileage. Turn west onto Katahdin Ironworks Rd. The checkpoint at the entrance to KI Jo-Mary Forest is 6.3 miles from ME 11. Stop and register (fee charged May through October $10 per person $6 for Maine Residents).
From the west via Greenville: At the blinking traffic light in the center of Greenville on ME 6/15, proceed north one block and turn right onto Pleasant St. After 2.0 mi. the road becomes gravel. This road becomes the KI road. At 11.0 mi. from Greenville, stop and register at the North Maine Woods Hedgehog checkpoint (fee charged May through October $10 per person $6 for Maine Residents).
The trail starts out wide and flat. In 200 feet, bear left at a junction. At 0.2 miles, the trail crosses a bridge over a small brook, and in another 0.2 miles, the trail crosses a grassy floodplain on bog bridges. At 0.5 miles, the trail joins a gravel road and turns right to cross the West Branch of the Pleasant River on a bridge. The trail leaves the road to the right at 0.6 miles, and continues as a wide path. An unmarked angler’s trail leaves left to Lloyd Pond at 0.9 miles, and just ahead, the trail crosses the rocky outlet of that pond. After a stretch of rocky footing, the trail enters a balsam fir stand at 1.4 miles. After crossing a brook and ascending briefly, a short spur trail to the right leads to views of the West Branch of the Pleasant River. After a short descent, Head of the Gulf Trail makes a sharp right turn and enters NPS land (yellow sign). Beyond, the trail narrows and crosses a brook on a split log bridge. At 1.7 miles, the trail reaches a junction. To the right, Rim Trail leads along the canyon rim of Gulf Hagas canyon for 2.8 miles to a junction with the AT near Screw Auger Falls. Straight ahead, Pleasant River Tote Road follows an easier route high above the river canyon, reaching a junction with the AT at 2.2 miles.
Natural Heritage Hikes is a project of the Maine Natural Areas Program in partnership with Maine Trail Finder. View the Gulf Hagas Trail Natural Heritage Hike Guide.
This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage.
Visit AMC's Maine Woods Initiative online for more information or contact:
Appalachian Mountain Club, Greenville Office
PO Box 310
15 Moosehead Lake Road
Greenville, ME 04441
Phone: (207) 695-3085
Check for nearby geocaches to Head of the Gulf Trail.
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