Sankaty Bluff

Sankaty Bluff hike
Sand, gravel and boulders laid down by the last glacier during the Wisconsinan Glacial Stage was not the first layer of foundation for Nantucket; an ocean bottom created during the Sangamonian Interglacial Stage and another pavement of glacial material during the Illinoian Glacial Stage are also underneath us. The only place to see all three distinct layers up close in an exposed cross-section view is Sankaty Bluff. On this hike, we’ll walk south down the beach from the Hoicks Hollow Road public way to where these layers are visible, learn about how they were formed and how they are part of Nantucket’s geological past.

This hike costs $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Check the Hike Calendar to see when we are hiking the Sankaty Bluff trail and to book it. To arrange for a private hike on this route, call or email us for our rates and to discuss your hiking needs.

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Save $5 and meet us at the trailhead!discount-nantucket-tour
Use promo code TRAILHEAD during checkout to save $5 if you are biking or taking the public shuttle bus to meet us there! Otherwise, the Nantucket Walkabout van will pick you up at the designated time & location downtown. Because individual parking is limited at the trailhead, plus increases our carbon footprint on the island, please do NOT plan to drive to the trailhead yourself. See our FAQs page for more information.

How do I bike to this hike?bike-map-icon
For those biking to this trailhead, it is 7.75 miles on the Milestone Road bike path from the Milestone Rotary via the Siasconset Market. Click here to view the BIKE MAP ROUTE.

How do I take the public shuttle bus to this hike?shuttle_icon
To take NRTA/The WAVE to this hike, ride the ‘Sconset via Polpis Road route to the Hoicks Hollow Road bus stop and walk down Hoicks Hollow Road. It’s 1/2 mile to the trailhead from this bus stop. This bus route operates June 27-Sept. 5, 2016.

Logging your steps.
If you’re counting your steps with a fitness/activity tracker, this hike offers around 3,900 steps.