Great Notch Trail
Acadia National Park

Located 2.4 miles from Southwest Harbor, Maine

4 Stars
4,767 Steps 1  (2.1 mi)

The Great Notch Trail has a maximum elevation of 696 ft (212 m), a minimum elevation of 180 ft (55 m), and an elevation gain of 2,241 ft (683 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Great Notch Trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
4,7672.1 mi180 ft696 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
1.1 hrs0.52,241 ft1,636 ft
[ B to A ]
59 min0.51,636 ft2,241 ft

What is the length of the Great Notch Trail?

The length of the Great Notch Trail is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) or 4,767 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Great Notch Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the Great Notch Trail in 1.1 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 59 min in the [ B to A ] direction.

Great Notch Trail Topo Maps

Download free Great Notch Trail topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Acadia National Park topographic maps.

Adjoining 7.5 Minute Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Blue Hill, ME
  2. North Topo Map: Newbury Neck, ME
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Salsbury Cove, ME
  4. West Topo Map: Brooklin, ME
  5. Topo Map: Bartlett Island, ME
  6. East Topo Map: Southwest Harbor, ME
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Stinson Neck, ME
  8. South Topo Map: Swans Island, ME
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Bass Harbor, ME

Is there a Great Notch Trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Great Notch Trail is located on the Bartlett Island and Southwest Harbor topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

Local Weather Forecast

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  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the sum of distance on the trail where angles to the horizontal is between 30 and 50 degrees (the angle of a stairway) divided by ten, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain is the cumulative elevation gain.
  8. Loss is the cumulative elevation loss.

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