Spruce Hill Trail to Speckled Mountain is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bethel, Maine that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running.
I took this route from Rt 113 because i thought, based on trail maps/etc, that i would be doing 3 different summitts..Spruce Hill, Ames Mt & finally Speckled. While you do hike right across the "summitt" of Spruce youd never know it....I think it was just some exposed ledge on the trail in the middle of the woods, just before a sag. Further on, you pass below the visible wooded summit of Ames Mt...no trail to it. Finally, after passing through a small lovely little meadow you get to the summit of Speckled Mt with 270 degree views. Really good views. the trail (under a different name) apparently continues towards 2 other mountains but it is 3.1 miles to this point (about 2:15) so I merely retraced my route back to the parking lot on Rt 113 (across from trailhead its also the lot for Royce Mt trails). All in all a nice hike with reward of excellent views, just was a bit disapointed thing i was going to hit at least 1 more summit along the trail
Alternate trail to Speckled Mountain via Ames Mountain. Very poorly marked.