Great Notch Trail

Acadia National Park
Located 2.4 miles from Southwest Harbor, Maine (ME)
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 range of 516 ft (157 m).


[ 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 hrs40.5486 ft305 ft
[ B to A ]
59 min25.4305 ft486 ft

What is the length of the Great Notch Trail?

The length of the 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 trail in 1.1 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 59 min in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the 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.

Topo Maps

Download the free Great Notch Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Acadia National Park topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' 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.



  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 gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.