Posted on October 17, 2022 and last updated on October 31, 2022

Gorman Loop Trail, AMC Maine Woods Initiative


  • Preserve Size: 100,000 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 4.4 miles
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
  • Sights: marsh, young forest

The allure of this trail is that it is a great place to see birds! The trail makes a 4.4-mile loop in the forest below the Barren-Chairback Mountain ridge. While you don’t summit a peak, expect to climb a bit.

You’ll pass young forest and a marshy area, and there is also a view of the ridge at one point. This is a good hike if you’re birdwatching; it’s also a good hike if you don’t want to do something more strenuous in the area.

Pick up a map at the nearby Gorman Chairback Lodge!

Pick up Gorman Loop Trail from Chairback Mountain Road, about 1 mile from the intersection with KI Road. The small parking area and trailhead will be on your left. If you do the whole loop, you’ll come out at the Third Mountain Trail parking area and will have a half-mile walk back along Chairman Mountain Road.


Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!