Eben's Head Trail

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Isle Au Haut, Maine

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Heading for another trail... May 28, 2014
Eben’s Head (pronounced “Ebbens”) is a splendid, short trail in Acadia National Park on Isle au Haut. The trail begins and ends by plugging into the Main Road (the single roadway on the island which is partially paved) just north of Duck Harbor Campground. Not even a mile long, I hiked the trail from north to south.

The trail hugs the rugged coastline most of the way and in the direction I went it begins over loose gravel rocks. Skirting the coast, your vistas are the multitude of islands sitting offshore from Isle au Haut. Everything is fairly sea level, so looking inland is mainly trees (i.e., no cliffs). As you progress southwards, however, there is a nice island view as the trail’s namesake comes into view.

Eben’s Head is a petite promontory, just high enough to command your attention. The trail snakes around the point on which Eben’s Head sits (back inland to Main Road), and the Park map doesn’t reveal anything venturing out towards the sea, but there is a blazed trail heading that direction. You may follow this right to the top of Eben’s Head with no effort (and not even five minutes). Some pleasant views from up there, and it becomes obvious the local seagulls employ Mr. Eben’s noggin as a nutcracker – the top is plastered with shattered crab and oyster shells.

Not only can you look out to sea, Eben’s Head allows you to peek into Duck Harbor and the dock for the campground (I initially suspected there was a bridge because the dock sticks so far out into the inlet!). Once you return to ground level you are only a few yards from returning to Main Road.
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