So on the same day that we went to the Rachel Carson Nature Preserve we decided to climb Mount Agamenticus. It was a pleasant day compared to the heat wave that was going on the days prior. We were getting ready to head for home and didn't want to shop or go to the beach so we decided to hike.
I've climbed Agamenticus several times now. It's a rather easy hike to do. You can even drive to the summit if you want to. . We loaded up the car with dog, baby carrier, Little Dude and my camera.We didn't exactly have directions but we knew there were signs for it off of Route 1 and it was a nice day for a drive. We found the auto road easily and turned up it. We parked at the first lot we noticed and grabbed a trail guide from the kiosk.
|Kiosk at parking lot|
The trails were superbly maintained. We came to one spot where the rains had caused some erosion. Even then, it was easily navigated and tidy.
|Erosion on the Ring Trail|
|Nearing the summit on Witch Hazel|
|Hiking to the summit on new trail|
We went from the high platform down to an observation tower. Little Dude loved running across the field.
From the double platform you could see to the west and all the way to Mount Washington.
|Map of view|
While we were on the platform we noticed that storm clouds were racing in. The change in the sky was pretty obvious to us. And we decided to move along. We could see rain over NH and it was only a matter of time before it reached us.
|Change of skies within a minute|
|David Hilton Memorial|
|Summit Parking Lot|
|Trail to Blueberry Bluff|
|Views near Blueberry Bluff|
We re-entered the forest and moved rather quickly down the mountain. The trail was rocky but not steep. The clouds had definitely come in and the air was changing. I decided that we need to get a longer lead for Ansel. He can't be off leash but sometimes directions that are easier for him to climb are not so easy for me.
|Big and Little coming down carefully|
|You can't get there from here|
We got back on the ring trail and followed east. Along the way we came across book pages that were laminated and stapled to boards. We had seen them on the Witch Hazel trail as well. The animal art seems fun and I would love to learn what book this is.
|Books and hiking (two of my favorite hobbies)|
At this point, the mosquitoes made their reappearance. We got Little Dude in his car seat and gave the pup some water. I drove us up to the top of the auto road just so I could say we did it and then we went off to dinner.
It was an easy hike and looking at the map, I can see several ways to make it more challenging. It would be lovely for a picnic lunch to just look out over the Atlantic or New England.
Web Info: http://agamenticus.org/
Directions: Please note GPS is unreliable at this point in time
- Take I-95 North into Maine. Take Exit 7, York (the last exit before the tollbooth for the Maine Turnpike).
- Follow signs to Route 1 North (keeping right after the exit ramp). Turn left onto Route 1 North.
- Approximately 3.5 miles after turning onto Route 1, turn left on Mountain Road. (Across from Flo’s Hotdog Stand)
- Follow Mountain Road for approximately 4 miles to a stop sign after crossing the interstate.
- Turn right and continue on Mountain Road for approximately two and a half miles from the interstate overpass.
- There is a gravel parking lot on the right and a paved road leading to the summit of Mount Agamenticus. Green fence posts at the entrance say “Mount A Summit”. If the road turns to gravel, you’ve gone a hundred meters too far.
- Turn right and drive up to the summit or park in the gravel lot to hike up. Trail maps are available at the trailheads.