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Gorham Mountain Loop

Acadia National Park

A summit loop over Gorham Mountain known for its expansive oceanside views and rocky shoreline.

Hiking Difficult

4.4 km
159 m
159 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
7 m
High Point
153 m
Gorham Mountain Loop Map

The Gorham Mountain Loop is a classic day hike with dramatic oceanside views and the option to test your wits on one of Acadia's acclaimed "rung and ladder" trails. It provides an "excellent overview of what Acadia has to offer" and includes a "taste of history... with a plaque dedicated to Waldron Bates," a visionary, advocate, and the reason why many of Acadia's trails exist.


As mapped, this hike begins at the Gorham Mountain Trailhead, not Sand Beach. You could also park along the rocky shoreline and pick up the loop heading south on Ocean Path. At the trailhead, look for a stump with Gorham Mountain Trail carved into it and begin the loop hiking in a clockwise direction.

Worth noting, "starting in 2021, if you're accessing this trail from Sand Beach, you will need a reservation to use a private vehicle to enter the Sand Beach Entrance Station from mid-June to mid-October."




Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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