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Carey Kish

Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island has been adventuring in the woods and mountains of Maine for, well, a long time. If there’s a trail—be it on dirt, rock, snow, water or pavement—he will find it, explore it, and write about it. Carey is a two-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, Registered Maine Guide, author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast, editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide (10th ed.), and has written a hiking & camping column for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram since 2003. Follow his outdoor travels and musings here, and on Facebook/CareyKish. Let Carey know what you think at MaineOutdoors@aol.com.

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Maineiac Outdoors with Carey Kish
Posted: May 30, 2014

Hiking: Great Wass Island one of the very best hikes on the Maine coast

Hike the 5-mile loop through the uber-scenic, wildlife-rich Great Wass Island Preserve aways Downeast in Beals to experience one of the very best hikes on the entire coast of Maine. Yep, that’s right, it’s that good.

Five miles, two trails and an incredible section of wild beach walking, cool woods and plants and wildlife, and damn fine scenery most every step of the way.

Get the goods on this awesome hike in my recent column in the Maine Sunday Telegram Outdoor section: Downeast hiking at its best – It’s Great Wass Island in all its remote beauty.

For big bonus points, when you get out to the coast at Cape Cove, turn south and head for Red Head, but be sure you’re well-prepared and have lots of time as this long beach bushwhack of sorts is a rugged go.

Otherwise, simply turn north and do the regular loop, which is what I did and found it absolutely amazing. I suspect you will too.

And when you’re done hiking at Great Wass, stick around Downeast for a while and check out some of the other great trails in the region, and there are lots of them.

Contact the Downeast Coastal Conservancy for a copy of Cobscook Trails: a guide to walking opportunities around Cobscook Bay and Bold Coast Region, a 55 page booklet describing great hikes on 19 area conservation properties.

Happy happy hiking!

The Little Cape Point Trail passes by ancient peatlands and through jack pine forests. Photo © Carey Kish.

The Little Cape Point Trail passes by ancient peatlands and through jack pine forests. Photo © Carey Kish.

 

Look for the carnivorous pitcher plants along the Little Cape Point Trail. Photo © Carey Kish.

Look for the carnivorous pitcher plants along the Little Cape Point Trail. Photo © Carey Kish.

 

Colorful lobster buoys mark the trail exits and entrances at the wood line along the shore. Photo © Carey Kish.

Colorful lobster buoys mark the trail exits and entrances at the wood line along the shore. Photo © Carey Kish.

Cape Cove. Photo © Carey Kish.

Cape Cove. Photo © Carey Kish.

 

Heading for Little Cape Point. Photo © Carey Kish.

Heading for Little Cape Point. Photo © Carey Kish.

Looking back at Cape Point. Photo © Carey Kish.

Looking back at Cape Point. Photo © Carey Kish.

Hiking over the great slabs north of cape Point. Photo © Carey Kish.

Hiking over the great slabs north of Cape Point. Photo © Carey Kish.

Beach en route to Mud Cove. Photo © Carey Kish.

Beach en route to Mud Hole. Photo © Carey Kish.

Great Wass scene. Photo © Carey Kish.

Great Wass scene. Photo © Carey Kish.

It's a good healthy hike from Cape Cove to Mud Hole. Photo © Carey Kish.

It’s a good healthy hike from Cape Cove to Mud Hole. Photo © Carey Kish.

Seals lounging on offshore rocks. Photo © Carey Kish.

Seals lounging on offshore rocks. Photo © Carey Kish.

Back in the fragrant forest along Mud Hole. Photo © Carey Kish.

Back in the fragrant forest along Mud Hole. Photo © Carey Kish.

Trail map. Several are posted along the way. Photo © Carey Kish.

Trail map. Several are posted along the way. Photo © Carey Kish.

 

 

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