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Great Hill
Bar Harbor, ME

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Ascending Great Hill
Ascending Great Hill

Route: Park Loop Road, bushwhack

This one caught my eye from Cadillac, so I stopped by on my way to the other side of the island. From the junction of the entrance to Park Loop Road, I ascended the mostly open snow fields to the south summit, then followed some older snowshoe tracks through open woods to the summit, which also had good views (especially of Champlain, Cadillac, and Sargent). While there is no official trail on the maps for this peak, I suspect there could be something unofficial.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Great Hill
Length: Easy
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, March 20, 2015
Parking Elevation: 300'
Time to Trailhead: 00:03
Destination: Great Hill
Time Elapsed: 00:09
Trailhead Elevation: 360'
Summit Elevation: 552'
Vertical Gain: 212'
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:21
Hike Vertical Gain: 292'

Departing Park Loop Road
Departing Park Loop Road

Looking at Sargent Mountain from near the summit of Great Hill - Click to enlarge
Looking at Sargent Mountain from near the summit of Great Hill

Topographic map of Great Hill

Directions to trailhead: In winter, take Route 233 west from Bar Harbor. There is limited plowed room to park at the Park Loop Road entrance (this section of Park Loop Road is closed to automobiles in winter).

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