Miles of Trail: 6.35
Connects To: Spruce Mountain, Bald Mountain
The Ragged Mountain Trail offers some of the steepest and most strenuous hiking in Mid-Coast Maine. The reward is extensive with open ledges at 1200 feet supporting wild blueberry and fragile alpine flora.
When you hike along the ridge line and over the crags of Ragged Mountain, you'll be greeted with westerly vistas across the Georges River watershed to Mt. Washington, the White Mountains, and Maine's western mountains. Penobscot Bay lies to the east, with the Acadian and Downeast mountains framing the region.
There are five trailheads that hikers can use to access the Ragged Mountain area: Barnestown Road (north), two on Hope Street (west), Route 17 (south), and Hosmer Brook at the Camden Snowbowl (east).
The Barnestown Road trailhead also serves the Bald Mountain Trail, a former section of the Georges Highland Path that is now maintained by Coastal Mountains Land Trust. The parking lot here is 1,000 feet south of the intersection of Barnestown and Gillette Roads in Camden (see map).
The western trailheads, the Thorndike Brook Trail, and Round the Mountain Trail are on Hope Street in West Rockport. From the intersection of Routes 17 and 90 in West Rockport, travel 2.5 miles north on Route 17 and turn right onto Hope Street. Travel 0.5 miles to the parking lot on the right (see map). Both trails share an intersection after leaving their parking lots.
The Route 17 trailhead also serves the Spruce Mountain and Pleasant Mountain trails to the west of Ragged Mountain. The parking lot here is 2 miles north of the intersection of Routes 17 and 90 in Rockport.
The trail is very steep and strenuous in parts. There are also exposed roots, bog bridges, and loose rock. For a more accessible experience try Coastal Mountain Land Trust's Round the Mountain Trail.