Rafes Chasm in Gloucester, Massachusetts is a moderate 0.9-mile out-and-back hike to the Gloucester shoreline and Rafes Chasm.
The map in the parking lot shows an approximate location of the chasm, but there is no clear indication of the exact location on the map or out on the trail. The trail to reach the shoreline is roughly 0.2-miles one-way and is considered easy. When you exit the trail onto the rocky shore, the chasm will be to your left (east) and is technically located on private land according to the information found at the parking lot. There appears to be another large chasm to the right (west) of the trailhead, a short distance away - where this recording heads toward. The walk should be considered moderate/difficult due to some scrambles and making your way across boulders and other large rocks.
When you reach the shoreline, the trail is no longer marked and the hike becomes a free-for-all. Watch your step and make your way east along the shoreline to reach the largest chasm - Rafes Chasm. Please note that this recording heads west, not east, when reaching the shoreline.
Warning: The chasm can be accessed during low tide and with some wading into small pool about 10 ft long. It can also be seen from above but this is not recommended since the chasm is very deep. Plan your hike accordingly around the schedule of the tide to make sure you arrive when the tide is at its lowest point. Hike at your own risk.
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