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Ragged Mountain
Andover, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Ragged Mountain Trail
Looking up the Ragged Mountain Trail

Route: Ragged Mountain Trail, East Ridge Trail, bushwhack, (Ragged Mountain), bushwhack, East Ridge Trail, (Old Top), East Ridge Trail, Ragged Mountain Trail, Balanced Rock Spur, Ragged Mountain Trail

First half of trail was probably half bare ground, other half blue ice or spring snow. Southern slopes were generally bare and dry, while flats tended to have snow. One small area of pooled water, as well as two areas in which water was running down the trail.

Consistent snow started probably around 2.5 miles in. Snowpack ranged from 1-12", but was generally 3-5".

The highpoint seemed to be a non-view ledge a few dozen feet to the right of the trail with a small cairn.

Views from the ledges at the end of the East Ridge Trail were well worth the extra few minutes of walking beyond the highpoint (only rugged portion of this hike with a few small scrambles). Views just past the Balance Rock were also very much worth the side trip.

I wore Microspikes twice (the icy area near the trailhead, and an icy area on the East Ridge Trail). Even if I had brought snowshoes, I don't think I would have used them today.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Ragged Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, March 12, 2012
Parking Elevation: 650'
Destination: Ragged Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:32
Trailhead Elevation: 670'
Summit Elevation: 2,286'
Vertical Gain: 1,696'
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:18
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,946'


The Ragged Mountain Trail trailhead near the Proctor Academy Field House
The Ragged Mountain Trail trailhead near the Proctor Academy Field House

Balanced Rock
Balanced Rock

Newfound Lake as seen from the Old Top ledges near the Ragged Mountain summit - Click to enlarge
Newfound Lake as seen from the Old Top ledges near the Ragged Mountain summit

Topographic map of Ragged Mountain


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 11 West from I-93 to Andover and Proctor Academy. The Field House will be just off the road on the right. From the back of the parking lot, start on the access road leading uphill to the tennis courts. Where the road starts to curve left, continue straight into the woods on the Ragged Mountain Trail.

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