Ragged Mt & Spruce Hill– Two out and back hikes from the same parking area in Rockport, ME. Part of Coastal Mountains Trust
Distance: 7 miles total. Loops can be down over Ragged to extend far beyond 7.
Location: Rockport, Maine. Right on rt. 17
Parking: There is a nice parking area on rt 17 just north of Rockport with a very visible sign. Lot holds around 10 cars with additional room along the roadside. It was very full when we hiked. There are several other trailheads for Ragged and one other for Spruce, so chances are good you can find parking at one of them.
Use: Good for hiking, running, snowshoeing. Not for biking or x-country skiing. Ragged Mt trail can’t really be run the whole way as it gets steep and rocky. Spruce hill is a much easier trail.
Wildlife: While chances are there are deer and other common wildlife here, we saw very little indication of any.
Wilderness Experience: Well, Camden/Rockport is a very popular tourist area on coastal rt 1, so the traffic is heavy in this area. We could pretty well hear traffic the whole time we hiked. You do not see any houses or other structures while hiking, which is nice, since this is part of a fairly large preserve. The other side of Ragged Mt is a ski area, (Camden Snow Bowl), which is much more populated. This is also a very well hiked area and we encountered many people on the trails. Spruce Hill was MUCH quieter, as we only encountered three other people total and it feels more remote.
Trail: Mostly forest floor, roots and rocks with a good bit of flowing water and wet muddy trail at the lower half of Ragged Mt. There is nothing technical about either trail with no rock climbing. The footing is decent with the exception of wet roots.
Summit: Ragged Mt has two good viewing areas before reaching the summit. One looks south to the ocean from an open ledge and one looks west toward Spruce Hill. Both are in the last third of the hike. The summit has great 180 degree views on either side of the communications tower. One looks west and the other southeast. Spruce Hill has two summits. Both look west toward Ragged Mt with good 180 degree views. Definitely continue on from the first summit to the second for the best view.