Cutler: Western Head Hike

Saturday, May 27

1 - 4 pm 

Guide: Kirk Gentalen

The 250 acres that make up Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Western Head Preserve offer an array of habitats and spectacular vistas for any observer. For this walk, we’ll explore the preserve’s spruce forests, beaches and views looking for mushrooms, slime molds, marine mammals, and, of course, birds. Birdwise – an active Bald Eagle nest will be observed, and songbirds including Blackpoll Warbler will be part of the search. This trip offers a great way to see Maine’s bold coast.

Participants should expect easy to moderately difficult trails that will include moderate inclines, uneven footing, and rough terrain. The walk will be three miles round trip. Wear footwear that will provide a measure of protection from the wet undergrowth and provide good footing.

Where to start: From Whiting or the CCLC, take Route 189 east toward Lubec. 5.7 miles from Whiting or 4.0 miles from the CCLC turn right onto Route 191 (Dixie Road) and proceed south 14 miles to Cutler Village. From the village center continue south on 191 for 1.3 miles to Destiny Bay Road which is on the left at a crest in the road immediately after you see a monumental stone wall on the right. Turn left and follow Destiny Bay Road for 1.0 mile to the fork at the end of the paved section. Bear right and continue straight for another 0.2 mile to the parking lot on the right. Restrooms are not available. 

GPS coordinates: 44.653359, -67.209766