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By Lindsay Putnam, Contributor to Bangor Daily News If you’ve ever hiked on a hot summer’s day and wanted to jump in the water to cool off, we’ve got great news. There are numerous hiking trails in Maine that lead either to or past swimming spots that are certainly nicer and less crowded than most public beaches.

By Lindsay Putnam, Contributor to the Bangor Daily News

If you’ve ever hiked on a hot summer day and wanted to jump in the water to cool off, we have great news.

There are numerous hiking trails in Maine that lead either to or past swimming spots that are certainly nicer and less crowded than most public beaches.

Here are some of our favorite options.

Schoodic Mountain near Sullivan

Technically, you don’t even have to hike to get to Schoodic Beach. It’s just a short walk from the trailhead to the beach. But if you’re up for a bit of a challenge, take the moderate 2.8-mile loop that starts near the outhouse on the Schoodic Mountain Trail. You end up at the beautiful sandy beach of Donnell Pond, a place known as Schoodic Beach.

Collapse mountain in Weld

Tumbledown is a difficult to moderate hike, but the easiest way up is the 1.8-mile Brook Trail, which runs from the Brook Trailhead to Tumbledown Pond near the east summit of the mountain. The challenge of this trail is crossing several streams and streams, as well as the rocky base of the wider part of the trail near the base of the mountain.

Golf Hagas near Brownville

Known as the “Grand Canyon of Maine” or “Grand Canyon of the East”. To visit the many waterfalls and swimming holes of the Gulf of Hagas, hikers must hike the Rim Trail, which leads over rugged, rocky terrain along the riverbank to many viewpoints. The Rim Trail is 3 miles long and visits (east to west) Screw Auger Falls, Lower Falls, Hammond Street Pitch, The Jaws, Buttermilk Falls, Stair Falls, Billings Falls and the Head of the Gulf.

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GULF HAGAS – A lookout trail off the Gulf Hagas Rim Trail leads to a view of Buttermilk Falls near Brownville.

Shore Trail near Flagstaff Lake

This is a great option if you want minimal fuss. The 1.8-mile Shore Trail is fairly narrow and doesn’t have much elevation change. Following it will take you along the edge of the lake to the Flagstaff Lake Hut, set back in the forest just far enough from the lake to not be visible from the water. Before reaching the Flagstaff Lake Hut, the Shore Trail comes to a side trail that leads to a lookout on a point – a nice place to watch the sunset or go for a swim. As a bonus, the water of Flagstaff Lake warms up quickly in the summer as the lake is relatively shallow and sandy in many places, making it an excellent swimming lake.

Morse Mountain and Seawall Beach in Phippsburg

In Phippsburg you can actually hike up and over a mountain and come out the other side on a beautiful sandy beach. The hike is approximately 2 miles long and leads to the top of Morse Mountain – just under 180 feet above sea level – and then down to Seawall Beach. The entire hike is on an old road. If you’re looking for a more secluded beach experience, this might be for you. No dogs, balls, frisbees, umbrellas, radios or fires are allowed. And there are no bathrooms either.

Tunk Mountain near Franklin

The 1.8-mile Tunk Mountain Trail is short but effective, and has several steep sections, including a spot where hikers must scramble over three iron rungs embedded in the rock. The easy 1.6 km Hidden Ponds Trail, which branches off this trail, visits two secluded ponds – Salmon and Little Long Pond – at the base of the mountain. It’s a great option for those looking for a less strenuous hike.

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