Gulf Hagas, also know as the “Grand Canyon of Maine”, is a magnificent gorge nearly four miles long with vertical slate walls 300 to 400 feet deep in places. The West Branch of the Pleasant River drops some 400 feet creating numerous waterfalls, chutes and pools. The gorge and adjacent land were purchased by the National Park Service in 1986. The Hermitage, a majestic stand of towering King’s Pine, is located on the eastern end of the trail system.
We recommend that visitors use the west parking lot and start their Gulf Hagas trip from the Head of the Gulf. This approach avoids the river crossing required from the east parking lot which can be difficult in high water. The entire Gulf Hagas hike is 8.5 miles and requires 6-8 hours to complete. Sturdy footwear with good ankle support, a flashlight and bug repellent are “must have” items and remember that you should not drink water from the Gulf without treating it to kill any bacteria or other organisms.
From Greenville: Head north from the blinking light in downtown Greenville and make the first right turn which is Pleasant Street, at 2.0 miles the road will become dirt, at 3.6 miles cross Wilson Stream, at 12.0 miles stop and register at Hedgehog Gate and pay the gate fee, at 13.9 miles take a left at the intersection and at 14.8 miles pull into the west parking lot. For the east parking lot take a right at the intersection at 13.9 miles and at 18.2 miles pull into the east parking lot. Adjacent to the parking lots is a kiosk with a trail map of Gulf Hagas.
From Brownville: Turn west on the KI Road from ME 11, at 6.3 miles stop and register at the KIW Gate and pay the gate fee, at 12.7 miles turn right into the east parking lot. For the west parking lot continue and at 17 miles stay right and at 17.9 miles turn left into the west parking lot.
Each waterfall is listed on the navigation menu at the top of your screen, or you can use these links:
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Photos: ©Bob Hamer