Length: 1.2 or 1.7 miles
Connects to: Ragged/Pleasant Mountains
The Spruce Mountain Trail is a short, quick hike up to fantastic views of its neighbor, Ragged Mountain, and Penobscot Bay. If you have friends or family in town and you really want to show off the area, this is the place to take them if you don’t have time to devote to a lengthy hike.
You can reach Spruce Mountain from two directions. The trail begins from the east with a climb through a hardwood forest and within 20 minutes you’ll find yourself atop a granite bald with unobstructed views. The trail then continues deeper into a hardwood forest and lowlands along the north shoulder of the mountain. This trail connects with the Ragged Mountain Trail at Route 17 and the Mount Pleasant Trail at Mount Pleasant Street.
Download the printable trail map.
Directions to the Trailhead
For the eastern end of the trail, use the Ragged Mountain parking lot on Route 17. Parking at the western trailhead is along Mt. Pleasant Street where there is an informal parking area that bisects this trail section between Mount Pleasant and Spruce Mountain. From north/west, turn from Route 17 in Hope south onto Fogler Road, travel 1 mile and turn left on Mt. Pleasant Street. Travel 1.2 miles to the vehicle pull-out area on the left shoulder. The trailhead shows up on Google Maps.
From the south/east, from Route 90, head northwest on Route 17 for .4 miles and turn left on Mt. Pleasant Street. Travel 2.3 miles to the vehicle pull-out area on the right shoulder.
The corporate sponsors of the Georges Highland Path are critical to its success. Patronize them and say “thank you!”