Ragged Mountain from Andover

MODERATE 11 reviews

Ragged Mountain from Andover is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Andover, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,817 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

private property

hiking
1 month ago

Okay, this is actually a really beautiful trail, in particular the vistas from the Bulkhead and the ledges just before the balancing rock, but I don't recommend unless (A) You're a pretty experienced hiker (I am not)(B) You love being covered in spiderwebs and mauled by bugs and mud/leaf debris up to your ankles and scratched to bleeding bits by trees. (I do not).

It's really not a well-marked or maintained trail from the start. Park at Proctor at the end of Fieldhouse Lane and walk up the dirt/gravel path past tennis courts on your right. Pre-Bulkhead, it's mostly cairns and wooden signs. Between Bulkhead-Balancing-Rocks and SRKG there are yellow tags. The most confusing parts for me were the initial turn off a logging trail (There was a turn off that splits in two, you want the middle one), a trek through a mud puddle where the turn off from another widish trail is overgrown), and several parts between the Bulkhead and Balancing Rock. Most involve ledges. The worst involved 3 pink rocks that look like markers and are not. Do not follow them down and left. Fight your way up and right through blueberry bushes until you see more yellow marks.

I skipped the Ragged portion and turned around once I hit the SRK Greenway because I was running out of sunlight. I did run into 3 black bears on the trail (A mama and two cubs) about a mile from the trailhead, so be watchful!

8 months ago

grade a hike

hiking
9 months ago

This hike starts from PRIVATE land! I followed the directions from AllTrails and was excited from the other reviews but we had to turn back after confirming that there was nowhere for us to park and no marked trail head

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked the out and back to the two Ragged peaks. I thought the trail was well marked and well maintained, easy to follow. I wanted loop out towards the Bulkhead, that will have to happen next time

hiking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Not a very well marked trail...an odd mix of cairns, wood plaques and blazes. The problem is the frequency is very low and there has been a lot of additional "social" paths that branch from this loop. Might be easier to navigate as a bike, but trail running was a challenge due to signing issues. Great terrain! Several high angle sections really add intensity to an an objective that almost always seems to be gaining elevation! It was an adventure...

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

Attempted to hike this trail from the New Canada road on 11/6/16.
The trail starts off very wide as it was used for logging a few years ago. About 1/2 mile in the trail bears right, off the logging road. It is marked, but all six of us missed this and kept walking. We never made it to the top. If you get to an area on the right that was clearcut you've gone too far. People have laid branches across the logging road where it turns right, but we did not notice them as the logging road is covered with sticks and branches. Looked like a giant brush hog ran through it widening the trail for logging.

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2011

Ragged mountain is very fun and a beautiful trail for familys.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

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