Ragged Mountain

Berlin, Connecticut

Ragged Mountain

fast facts

Location: Berlin, Connecticut
Size: 563 acres
Owner: Berlin Land Trust, CT
Trails: 6.1 mile loop
Difficulty: Strenuous
Entrance Fee: N/A
Main Attraction(s):
Dramatic traprock cliffs
Beautiful views over reservoir
Excellent rock climbing
Impressive fall foliage

overview

A demanding hike along the traprock cliffs of the Metacomet Trail, Ragged Mountain is a challenging but rewarding adventure. The rocky ledges offer expansive vistas, including beautiful views of Hart Ponds and the Wassel Reservoir. Follow the Ragged Mountain Preserve Trail along the ridge to its summit, where the path will lead hikers through a magnificent forest on the return section of this loop trail. The woods of Ragged Mountain are known for their fantastic fall foliage, so if possible, make an effort to visit during the autumn months. And hikers are not the only ones to benefit from this preserve. The sheer vertical cliffs also make Ragged Mountain one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in Connecticut.

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directions

Follow the map to West Lane in Berlin, CT. Continue down West Lane approximately 0.6 miles. Parking for Ragged Mountain Memorial Preserve will be on your right.

nearby attractions

Hubbard Park and Castle Craig

After your hike at Ragged Mountain, relax in nearby Meriden’s Hubbard Park. Sitting beneath the Hanging Hills of CT, this 1,800 acre park is a great place for a picnic, offering a nice mix of ponds, gardens, and woodlands. The most recognized feature of the park is Castle Craig, a 32-foot stone tower overlooking the Greater Meriden area. The hike to the top of East Peak where Castle Craig stands is great, but rather strenuous. There is also a road to the top, allowing all visitors access to the beautiful views.

more resources

Ragged Mountain Self-guided Hike
Berlin Land Trust

Ragged Mountain Foundation – Preserving CT’s High and Wild Places
Ragged Mountain Foundation

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Responses & Comments
Sarah Tompkins
March 12, 2012
looking forward to heading up to Ragged Mountain on Friday!!!
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