Monhegan Island– a loop hike around Monhegan Island with the option for several cross island trails maintained by the Monhegan Associates. Maps are available on the island.
Distance: 5-6miles total for the loop. Many options for varied distances from 1 mile hikes up to 12 miles.
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine. Access by ferry is available for foot traffic only from Port Clyde, Boothbay Harbor and Pemequid.
Parking: Depending on which port you leave from and which ferry you take, parking costs around $5 per day. Each ferry has it’s own fees from $25-35 per person each way depending on season. Visit the Monhegan site for more details.
Use: Good for hiking, running, snowshoeing. Not for biking or x-country skiing.
Wildlife: Don’t expect much here. They’ve eradicated deer and most other animals. It’s a small island. But be on the look out for seals along the Cliff Trail, and we saw porpoises on the way over by ferry.
Wilderness Experience: Monhegan Island is very well used. We were surprised by the number of people coming by ferry from three locations several times per day. The town is small, as is the island, so you’re bound to run in to a lot of people on the trail. Many follow the direct paths from town across the island to reach the phenomenal views on the other side, but the loop around the island is a little less used. Either way, don’t expect to be by yourself.
Trail: The inland, cross island trails are under spruce trees mostly and are easy going. Some are even wide enough to be considered small roads. The Cliff Trail around the island is much rockier and follows the natural up and down of the the cliffs. Expect this to take longer than expected, especially if you enjoy taking in the views.
Summit: There is really only one high point on the island and that is at the lighthouse. I would recommend going there for the excellent view over the village. The other, spectacular views are along the cliff trail around the island.