|The spectacular coastline of the Cutler Coast|
Getting there is half the fun- its located in the far northeast corner of Maine's Coast and most of the drive is on country roads. Nevertheless, people drive from all over New England and Canada to hike here. When I pulled up, I saw license plates from 5 different states and 3 Canadian Provinces. (Map and Directions) Please be aware that there are absolutely no services at or near the parking area save for a few pit toilets.
Here is an excellent hiking map of the Cutler Coast.
|Maine's Bold Coast|
This public reserve land has several options for trails and the best way to see everything is to take the 9 mile loop. Starting at the only parking lot, the trail heads almost directly towards the ocean. It reaches a junction 0.4 miles in, continue straight to get to the overlook. Its another mile from this point to the ocean.
Many people decide to just hike to the first overlook and back; this is perfectly acceptable for a nice 1-2 hour hike if that's what you're looking for. The first overlook was the most spectacular of all the overlooks I saw. It was easy to waste an hour just watching the powerful currents crash into the cliffs. I wish I could capture that sound and bring it back home with me.
|View from the overlook, Cutler Coast|
|Windows in the foliage provide excellent views|
Continuing on the Coastal Trail will bring you to three campsites overlooking the ocean. They are limited tent-sites with no services but I imagine the sunrise from these sites is worth the trip.
|More cliffs of the Cutler Coast|
|Hiking the Inland Trail, Cutler Coast|
|Classic Maine "beach"|
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