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Explore Gulf Hagas

Region: The Maine Highlands
Activities: Hiking (Moderate to Difficult), Sightseeing
Day Fee: Collected at Ki-Jo Mary Checkpoint, CASH OR CHECKS ONLY
Note: No Bicycles Allowed

Often described as ‘The Grand Canyon of Maine,’ Gulf Hagas is a striking slate gorge in Northern Maine. Over the decades, Gulf Hagas has drawn lumbermen—who once ran logs down the narrow waterway—along with hikers, swimmers and even adventurous kayakers who take on the gorge’s often-ferocious Class V whitewater.

About three miles long, the gorge was carved deeply through the slate by the waters of the West Branch of the Pleasant River. Its stark, stone walls rise over 100 feet high in places. Inside the gorge, the river drops hundreds of feet through a series of rapids, pools and waterfalls.

The Gulf Hagas area is included in a tough section of Maine’s Appalachian Trail known as the 100-Mile Wilderness. Gulf Hagas is extremely popular with day hikers. There’s good access and it offers visitors both short walks and all-day adventures, along with extraordinary views. Those looking for something short and scenic opt for a trip to Screw Auger Falls, a 3.5-mile hike from one of the area parking lots. Hiking the whole gorge, round trip, is more than 8 miles, depending on which end of Gulf Hagas the hike starts from. A round-trip hike offers many waterfall and cliff overlooks.

But be prepared: Gulf Hagas includes plenty of tough hiking with rocks, roots, loose dirt and other challenges. Sturdy footwear and a hiking stick or poles are recommended. On one popular route, hikers must ford the West Branch of the Pleasant River which, depending on the season and the weather, can be from ankle to waist deep.

Driving Distance:

From Greenville: 15 miles (approximately)
From Bangor: 85 miles
From Portland: 170 miles
From Lewiston/Auburn: 145 miles

Businesses & Organizations

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  • We are a registered Maine Guide Company focused on sustainability and offering Custom Canoeing, Backpacking Adventures, and Educational Skills Courses, for individuals, organizations, and groups of all ages.

    Phone: 207-945-1944


    Address: Novelty Dr , Carmel

    Adventure Boating, Canoeing and Kayaking Hiking and Climbing
  • Custom, family-friendly guided hikes, fly-fishing, and paddling adventures in Downeast Maine.

    Phone: 207-358-0412


    Address: 87 Main Street (PO Box 503) , Milbridge

    Boating, Canoeing and Kayaking Registered Maine Guides Winter Activities
  • Visit us for all outdoor activities! Cross country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, biking, and so much more.

    Phone: 207-370-1696


    Address: River Road , Turner

    Trails and Routes Day Hiking Hiking with Kids
  • Enjoy great hiking close to Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort in The Forks, Maine or at our Katahdin Adventure Base Camp near Baxter State Park!

    Phone: 207-663-4466


    Address: 1771 US Route 201 , The Forks

    Backpacking Guided Hikes and Walks Hiking with Kids
  • Swan Island welcomes hikers, campers, birders, anglers, wildlife watchers and explorers.

    Phone: (207) 547-5322


    Address: Intersection of Routes 197 and 24 , Richmond

    Day Hiking State Parks Sanctuaries, Land Trusts and Refuges
  • Maine Wilderness Adventures offers women, youth groups and families the opportunity to experience a...

    Phone: (207) 568-3450

    Address: 35 Fowler Rd , Thorndike

    Guided Hikes and Walks Hiking with Kids Day Hiking

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