This Downeast hike loops you up a mountain, down to a beach.

This not-so-hidden gem of a hike is a popular destination in the summer, but makes for a great spring adventure. Schoodic Mountain near Sullivan rises 1,069 feet above sea level, 954 of those feet you climb in elevation. We agree with assessments that this hike is moderate in difficulty, but add that it's strenuous at times. The hard work pays off with a 360 summit view, featuring gorgeous distant views of Acadia National Park, nearby lakes, hills, bogs, and ocean views dotted with islands.

How To Get There:

These directions will take you to the parking lot. It's worth noting the dirt road that leads to the main parking area may require a vehicle with some ground clearance, depending on its seasonal condition.

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The Hike:

There's two main ways to summit Schoodic Mountain. We'll discuss them individually to help you create a game plan for your visit.

Up Schoodic Mountain, Down To Schoodic Beach:

  • This loop trail starts near the restroom in the parking area.
  • Following the blue blazes, this hike guides you more gradually up the mountain.
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  • After 0.9 miles you'll reach a marker where the two trails converge into one summit trail. (Photo Above)
  • Once on the summit trail, it's only a 0.4 mile hike to the top. It's a steep trail for the most part.
  • Once you've taken in the views, follow the trail back down to where the trail splits.
  • Now you'll follow the trail down to Schoodic Beach. This trail section is steep at times.
  • Once at the beach, follow the shoreline to the other end.
  • Once back on the trail, it's a 0.5 mile walk back to the parking area.
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Schoodic Beach, Up Schoodic Mountain:

  • From the parking area kiosk, follow the trail 0.5 miles to the beach.
  • Once at the beach, follow the shoreline to the other end. You'll see a trailhead sign.
  • Follow the blue blazes up the trail. The trail becomes very steep at times.
  • Once on the summit trail, it's only a 0.4 mile hike to the top. It's a steep trail for the most part.
  • Once you've taken in the views, follow the trail back down to where the trail splits.
  • Now you'll follow the loop trail down 0.9 miles to the parking area. This trail will be a more gradual descent.

Additional Info:

  • There's no fee to enjoy the trail system.
  • Dogs (leashed) are welcome on the trails.
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Wolfe In The Wild Pro Tips:

  • The trails are well traveled, and well marked with blue blazes. Most are on trees, some are on rocks.
  • The loop trailhead (up Schoodic Mountain) is marked by a blue blaze on a rock in the parking area, near the restroom. There's no sign, making it hard to find.
  • As previously mentioned, the trails are steep at times. Take your time, take breaks, and watch your footing (especially going down the mountain).
  • The view from summit of Schoodic Mountain is incredible. Bring binoculars! On clear days you can see Mt. Katahdin.
  • To enhance your hike day, add a hike up Black Mountain Cliffs. The trailhead is along the trail to Schoodic Beach.
  • BRING BUG DOPE.

Keep this trail system and beach beautiful and carry out ALL trash and waste.