Gulf Hagas Hike

Back in 2012 we had the opportunity to see this spectacular gorge but our minds were on getting through the 100 mile wilderness and on top of Katahdin. Seems silly now that we didn’t do the 5 and a half mile loop trail but we didn’t…

Once we paid our 20 dollar entrance fee we tracked down the parking lot for the start of the hike. We slipped out of our warm jeans and into our hiking shorts in order to ford the Pleasant River. Lets just say it was anything but pleasant.. The water was thigh high and just above freezing!!! The last time we crossed here it was ankle deep and a nice sunny August afternoon. Safe on the other side we dried off and put our boots back on to continue. Our brains were so cold we didn’t get a picture of the river… which we crossed twice. Suzie did get a shot of me crossing one of the smaller creeks.

As we got moving we were passing leftover snow and ice waterfalls. The small ponds along the trail were also frozen over. The first falls we came to was the Corkscrew Auger falls. This was just the beginning of the eye candy to come.

We wandered through the forest heading to the gorge. We knew we were getting close with the sound of roaring water. We worked our way out onto the cliff edges to take in the view of the Jaws. Suzie wasn’t happy with my vantage point…

As we moved on the cliff walls continued to climb until we were standing 150 feet above the water below. The slate walls were just so impressive and imposing. Very cool!!

The trail just kept moving in and out of the forest onto the cliffs for more views. Each more breathtaking than the last…

We finished up at the Head of the Gulf where the gorge begins and then headed back for 2 more river fords before getting back to the truck. We are not sure why the Appalachian Trail doesn’t take this trail for it’s footpath rather than parallel it a mile away… Wish we had been forced to take this route and have this memory from our AT hike.

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