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Head of the Gulf Trail

This trail provides access to the Gulf Hagas area with the advantage of not having to ford the West Branch of the Pleasant River. In high water conditions or with small children or otherwise, this trail is a good choice.
Trail Activity
Length
2.7 miles, Round Trip
Difficulty
Moderate
Town
Bowdoin College Grant East Twp
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor
Pets
Permitted
Fees
Yes

Description

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.

Other Information

Natural Heritage HikesNatural Heritage Hikes is a project of the Maine Natural Areas Program in partnership with Maine Trail Finder. View the "Gulf Hagas - Head of Gulf Trail" guide online here

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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.

Trail Manager

Visit AMC's Maine Woods Initiative online for more information or contact:

Appalachian Mountain Club, Greenville Office

Appalachian Mountain Club, Greenville Office
PO Box 310
15 Moosehead Lake Road
Greenville, ME 04441
Phone: (207) 695-3085
information@outdoors.org
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Trail Tips

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Trailhead Information

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).

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Scott Yonts
June 10, 2017
Hiked this trail today and continued on to Screw Auger Falls via the Rim Trail and back via the Pleasant River Tote. My Garmin put the total, parking lot to parking lot, at 9.8 miles.
Erin Bibles
October 07, 2015
On 3 October 2015, we hiked the Head of the Gulf Trail to the Rim Trail (along Pleasant River), and waded Gulf Hagas Brook to continue to the AT. We then hiked up the AT until the AT Cutoff which we followed back to the Pleasant River Tote Trail (waded the Gulf Hagas Brook again) and took that back to the Head of the Gulf Trail. This was 9.1 miles. Most of the hiking was pretty easy, though mucky with board bridges over boggy areas on the Pleasant River Tote Trail. Quite a few roots to watch out for, but really a fairly easy trail. Now, there were about 4 areas on the Rim Trail that were rock scrambles or steps that took more effort. One of these I lifted our 40# dog up on so she didn't have to jump up onto it.

I did not find the Rim Trail to be any concern at all for our leashed dog. The Rim Trail isn't right on the river and isn't like an exposed ledge trail. There are view points and you can choose to go out to them or not and you can choose how close to the edge you go.
MarcMaheu
June 02, 2014
Hiked this trail and a bit more for a 7 mile out and back journey, June 1st 2014. I couldn't have asked for a better day to hike, it was sunny with a high of 70. At 1.7 miles, decided to follow the Rim Trail, enjoying the sites. This trail is essentially flat but once you reach the Rim Trail (closer to the water and much more scenic), you'll work a little more. Lots of roots and just enough scrambling to keep it interesting and get your heart pumping some.
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