Hiking Trails Near Ragged Mountain - Stay Outdoors in All Four Seasons
Ragged Mountain is known for its 1,250 feet of vertical drop, great skiing, Terrain Park, wedding venue, and beautiful lodging. What is often overlooked are the various and gorgeous hikes in close proximity. This article is meant to point out some of the best hikes to help you enjoy the Ragged Mountain area even more.
Views of Ragged Mountain from Mount Cardigan
Trails at Ragged Mountain
Ragged Mountain itself is a gorgeous, moderately difficult hike with views of nearby Newfound Lake, Mount Cardigan, Mount Moosilaukee, and other New Hampshire peaks. Hikers can choose to ascend Ragged Mountain, Ragged Mountain West Peak, and Balanced Rock (correctly named), from Ragged Mountain Ski Area via the skiing trails, the New Canada Road Trailhead, or the Proctor Academy Trailhead.
The trails outside the ski slopes are a part of the Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway trail network that is a 75 mile loop trail system that connects summits, state parks, and state forests in central New Hampshire.
Ragged is located only an hour south of Franconia Notch where there is access to Franconia Ridge, and many other NH 4,000 footers, the below list of hikes are all within a 30 minute drive, and have excellent views.
Mount Cardigan Views
Cardigan is a stunning and relatively quick hike suitable for active families. With a 3 mile round trip, it is doable in only a few hours, and delivers incredible views at the summit. Rising 3,155 feet above sea level, Cardigan is a frequently trafficked family hike.
The most common route up is via the West Ridge Trail located at the end of Cardigan Mountain road. The trail features a lot of exposed steep granite near the summit and can be slippery when wet or icy.
The trailhead to mount Kearsarge, a 2,937 foot mountain, is located less than 30 minutes away from Ragged Mountain. Kearsarge is located within two state parks, Winslow State park, and Rollins State Park. This gives hikers and families a ton of opportunities for outdoor activities beyond summiting Kearsarge.
The summit of Kearsarge features a fire tower that enables visitors to see as far south as Boston on a clear day, and also see many more mountains to the north.
Parking is located at the Winslow State Park Picnic area where there are two options to hike to the summit, the Barlow Trail, and the Winslow Trail. Each are moderate options, and are often both done (one up, one down). The Winslow Trail is 1.1 miles to the summit, and the Barlow Trail is 1.7 miles to the summit.
Hikers can also choose to hike up the other side of Kearsarge from Rollins State Park (a .5 mile hike). However, this is a slightly longer drive from Ragged Mountain.
Danbury Bog Wildlife Management Area
Danbury Bog Wildlife Management Area is located just a short 10 minute drive from Ragged, and is a fantastic family picnic, birdwatching, canoeing, and short hiking area. If you like canoeing, kayaking, birds, frogs, turtles, and other pond wildlife, this is a great spot to visit.
Lake Sunapee may not be the best hiking spot, but for those that love beautiful lakes and boating, it is great to know that the lake is only a short 30 minute drive from Ragged Mountain. Looking for a beach day? Lake Sunapee State Park is only about 40 minutes away from Ragged.
The Rest of New Hampshire
This is by no means a complete list of all of the great outdoor places to visit within a short drive of Ragged Mountain. Not only is there far more within 30 minutes, but if you are willing to drive an hour to an hour and a half, New Hampshire has some absolutely incredible short and easy, as well as long and strenuous hikes for all ability levels.
Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Monday, April 29, 2019
Information provided by: Max DesMarais an avid Outdoorsman and founder of Hiking & Fishing, an online resource to help those get in the outdoors.
The 2018-19 season has come to an end, and what a memorable season it was!
From opening with a 10" snowstorm, to many powder filled laps in the trees, to racing your buddies between the gates, or that new rail slide you learned in our park, it was a great season. We are so fortunate to have this wonderful playground in our lives.
We want to THANK all of our seasons pass holders, and all of the skiers and riders who visited beautiful Ragged Mountain this winter. And a big shout-out of THANKS to our incredible staff who make our operations run smoothly. You are all a tremendous part of the Ragged Mountain family and you help it be the unique and special place that we all love.
From all of us to all of you---THANK YOU!
We plan to open on Friday, November 29, 2019 for the 2019-20 winter season. Until then, we hope you have a great summer and fall, and we look forward to seeing you again next season!
Our Mission: Affordable Season Passes for 2019-20 are now on sale. If you had a pass this season, click HERE to skip the line and reload for the 2019-20 season.
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Thanks again for being Ragged Mountain skiers and riders. Get Ragged!Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Monday, April 08, 2019
Ragged's mission to make skiing and snowboarding affordable for everyone is coming back for the 2019-20 Season with the Mission: Affordable Season Pass for just $279!
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Come join us: Accept the Mission!Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Ragged's mission to make skiing and snowboarding affordable for everyone is coming back for the 2019-20 Season with the Mission: Affordable Season Pass for just $279! Mission launches March 15!
Here's the deal:
Plus, passholders will enjoy additional benefits including the Sister Resort Reciprocal Program, Regional Resort Program and more. Read all the details here.
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Last Edited by Lori Zaloga on Friday, March 08, 2019
There is a world that only alpine skiers and riders know...
From being on the first chair up the mountain in the morning to the spectacular views from the summit to making first tracks on freshly fallen snow, there is a world that only alpine skiers and riders know.
From seeing fresh snow glistening in the morning sun on the spruce and balsam trees alongside the ski trails as you link turns, there is a world that only alpine skiers and riders know.
From sharing the joy and thrills of skiing and riding with your family and best friends where everyone is a participant and no one is a spectator, there is a bond that only alpine skiers and riders know and share.
From the summit of beautiful Ragged Mountain looking north at the snow covered peaks of Mount Cardigan, Mount Lafayette and Mount Washington, there is a view that only Ragged Mountain skiers and riders know and love.
We look forward to sharing our special world at Ragged Mountain with you this March.
With a full season of snowmaking for a base and bountiful natural snow for a top coat, this is an amazingly good ski season. Don't miss the best skiing of the season this March at beautiful Ragged Mountain --- we want to share our world with you. Come on up and get Ragged!Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Friday, March 01, 2019
This winter keeps going strong with snow storms almost every week making for fantastic slope conditions and coverage. Our Groomers are laying down a perfect layer of corduroy each night to welcome skiers and riders each morning. Be on the lookout for the Glades to be primed with the 2" - 3" of snow forecast for tonight. With only 2 days left this month, we're still producing smiles for miles with tons more to come in March!
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Mother Nature continues to bless Ragged Mountain with new snow, and the weather forecast for today and Saturday is looking just about perfect.
Today, Friday, February 22 should have sunny skies and temps getting into the low 30s. With 3" of fresh snow on Wednesday night, conditions are outstanding all across the mountain. For Saturday, February 23, another beautiful day is queued up with partly sunny skies and temps rising into the low 30s again. It just doesn't get any better than this! You can count on our groomers laying down the corduroy for you to rip up.
In the wee hours of Sunday morning, we looking for another 3" to 5" of snow before possibly turning to a winter mix before noon. Lifts open at 8:30am so there is time to enjoy the new freshies before a possible changeover. This new snow is setting up next week for more great skiing and riding at Ragged.
For the weekend, we'll be skiing and riding on 52 trails and glades served by 5 lifts including the Ragged 6-passenger Express and the Spear Mountain Quad going to our twin summits. We have skiing and riding for all ability levels with dedicated novice terrain at the Barnyard Triple and two moving Carpets.
If you need ski or snowboard rental equipment, stop by the Ragged Rental Shop and see Carl, Eddie and the crew for the latest in Rossignol equipment. They are also experts in ski tuning and ski base repairs. If you're spending most of your time in the woods (sweeeet!) and you need a little base repair work, they can make your ski bottoms as good as new.
Don't miss the best skiing of the season --- come on up to beautiful Ragged Mountain and enjoy our winter winterland!Last Edited by Lori Zaloga on Wednesday, February 27, 2019
A perfect President’s Day weekend and vacation week is all ready for your enjoyment at beautiful Ragged Mountain!
We’ve received 7” of new snow this week, and the mountain is a winter wonderland of great skiing and riding. Our groomers have been working overtime to buff out the ski trails for your enjoyment. We’ll have 44 trails and glades open served by 5 lifts including the Ragged Mountain Express 6 and the Spear Mountain Express Quad to our two summit peaks. We’ll have skiing and riding for all ability levels with our Barnyard Triple and our two Carpets serving novice terrain. And, just in time for the holiday weekend, we're happy to announce that the boardercross course on Lower Chutes is finally open to the public! Complete with sweeping berms and rollers, this course is crowd favorite that everyone raves about.
The forecast over the holiday weekend calls for flurries and light snow, so the mountain will stay in great shape for your holiday enjoyment. Buy your lift tickets on-line on the day before your visit and save money here. If you already have a Ragged Mountain “Direct to Lifts” card, you can click right here to reload online and skip the line!
When you're ready to refuel, head on up to Birches Mountain Restaurant to grab a bite while overlooking some of the best views at the resort. With table service and an updated menu for the '18-'19 season, this is the perfect lunch spot when you're looking for something a little extra!
Beautiful Ragged Mountain is the place to be this weekend! See you here.
What a way to start off the week with this fantastic forecast - 3 of the next 5 days are expected to be filled with snow. Tuesday has a Winter Storm Watch (we love those!) with up to 12" of accumulation possible. Get your lift tickets early or reload your RFID card now to take advantage of the best available rate.
If you can get away midweek, the best deal yet is the Ski & Stay Lodging Package. Starting at $89 pp/pn, you and a guest will enjoy a 1-night stay at the comfy and cozy New Hampshire Mountain Inn, breakfast and a 1-day lift ticket. Rate is per person per night based on double occupancy. Offer valid Sunday thru Thursday, non-holiday. Restrictions apply. Book now or get the full detail here.
President's Weekend is on tap this upcoming weekend and we hope that means a loooong weekend of skiing for you at Ragged. They'll be prime conditions, the USASA Rail Jam, live music and plenty of opportunities to #getragged!
Last Edited by Lori Zaloga on Monday, February 11, 2019
Congratulations to the Patriot's on their victory at Superbowl LIII! After a long season full of speculation that their dynasty was coming to an end, Brady and the Boys came together to prove everyone wrong. Not only that, but Tom Brady gets to come back to New England as the first player ever to win six Superbowls, and the oldest quarterback ever to win a Superbowl!
While the Patriot's season is finally coming to a glorious close, we can't help but remember that the winter still isn't over! With over 50 trails open for skiing and riding here at beautiful Ragged Mountain, we've got something for everyone. Whether you're looking to grind some stumps in the woods on trails like Double Take or Not Too Shabby, or practice your technique on a long groomer like Cardigan, we're certain you won't get bored. Buy your ticket now or reload your card online by clicking here.
And we're happy to announce a brand new Ski and Stay package with the New Hampshire Mountain Inn! Starting at $89 per person, per night, enjoy a 1-night stay in our quintessentially New Hampshire Mountain Inn with breakfast and a 1-day lift ticket at Ragged Mountain. Rate is per person, per night based on double occupancy in a standard queen room, subject to availability and by advance reservation. Package is valid Sunday thru Thursday only, non-holiday. Excludes February 18 – 22, 2019 holidays. Lodging and meal tax not included. Upgrade to a King Room or Suite for a additional charge. Click here to make your reservation online now!
After the quick thaw that Mother Nature threw our way, we're happy to be staring at a forecast for the coming week that looks a lot more like winter! Headed into the weekend, we're looking forward to sunny skies with temperatures in the upper 20's to mid 30's. Talk about a difference from the 50 degree day we had on Thursday!
With the return to cold temperatures, anyone who visited us today may have noticed some snowmakers scurrying around to get Exhibition set back up for snowmaking operations. Following the warm weather, they're going to be working hard to help build up some more of those piles. Our groomers will be working hard too, pushing around the new snow and laying down that beautiful corduroy that we all love so much. Even with those warm temps and that clear precipitation, our surface is skiing as good as ever!
We're also amped about all the hard work that the Terrain Park Crew has been putting in over on Wild Side and Wild Ride. The top half of the terrain park is scheduled to open up tomorrow with three jumps and a hip. The team has certainly outdone themselves over there this year, and we're looking forward to seeing you all get sendy in the park. Be sure to mention @ragged_parks on Instagram, and as always, we'll see you on the slopes!Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Saturday, January 26, 2019
Ragged Mountain's brand new, Direct-to-Lifts RFID cards can now be reloaded online! Save time and money by purchasing your lift ticket prior to your arrival! With your new reloadable media, you can skip the ticket lines and go straight to the lifts. You can find more information about how to reload your RFID card by clicking here!
Buy at least one day in advance for great savings on your next lift ticket purchase. With our new dynamic pricing at Ragged Mountain, the further in advance you purchase your lift ticket, the more you can save! Buy now and be ready for the huge bounty of fresh snow that Mother Nature is bringing us this weekend!
The forecast for Danbury is calling for 15"-20" of light, fluffy pow-pow! You won't want to miss this weekend at Ragged. The skiing is going to be the best it has been all season, and next weekend is shaping up to be stellar as well. It's the perfect opportunity to take full advantage of that advanced pricing!
It's a winter wonderland up here at beautiful Ragged Mountain. Reload your Ragged Mountain DTL Card now, and head directly to the lifts and enjoy our fantastic snow conditions for your skiing and riding enjoyment.
And after a long day of skiing and riding, be sure to stop by the Stone Hearth Bar & Grill for both hot and cold beverages. With live music, on the weekends, countless Tap Takeovers, and giveaways, there is always something going on at Stone Hearth for your aprés enjoyment!Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Friday, January 18, 2019
With the cold temperatures moving in to stay and all the recent snow we've gotten, we're living in a veritable Winter Wonderland up here at beautiful Ragged Mountain! All the snow guns over on Flying Yankee have been fired up, so we're making some pretty serious clouds here today.
This weekend, we'll be hosting the Ride & Ski Card Apres Ski Party on Saturday, January 12. Complete with a Tap Takeover by Harpoon Brewery, live music, and over $2,500 dollars in giveaways, this is one party you won't want to miss.
We hope to see you out on the slopes, and don't forget to #getragged!Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Friday, January 11, 2019
Happy Wednesday, everyone! I'm not sure what it looks like outside your window right now, but we're looking at roughly 4 inches of fresh powder just outside ours! It's not showing any signs of stopping soon, so be sure to come join us for some free refills on the Ragged Mountain 6-passenger Summit Express. Be sure to buy your ticket online ahead of time and save at the window.
Keep your eyes on the snow report for the most up-to-date snow fall totals and conditions, and be sure to #getragged today!Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Happy Saturday, Ragged Family!
We're heading into this weekend with mild temperatures and fantastic snow conditions. Ski East will be joining us on Saturday, January 5 to host a race on Village Green. You'll want to be certain to stop by the finish to see these athletes give it their all.
Our groomers and snowmakers have been working hard over the past few days to bring you all some new terrain, and today, we're opening up Lower Crewcut into Town Meeting! Make sure you go get first tracks. After you're done shredding all day, stop by the Stone Hearth Bar for some live tunes by the Just Because Band and a Tap Takeover by Moat Mountain Brewery?
As always, we look forward to seeing you up at beautiful Ragged Mountain this weekend!Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Saturday, January 05, 2019
Mother Nature paid us a visit last night into the early morning hours, bringing with her 3-4" of the goods! The skiing today at beautiful Ragged Mountain should be fantastic, so why not cash in one of those sick days early this year to come make some turns in first fresh snow of 2019!
We're keeping a close eye on another storm system that's forecast to bring some more snow early next week. The extended forecast beyond next week looks promising too, so be sure to keep tuned here for your latest updates on snowfall totals and trail openings at Ragged Mountain!
Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Thursday, January 03, 2019
After another great day of skiing and riding at beautiful Ragged Mountain, we're looking forward to heading into today with lower temps and sunny skies. Conditions are fantastic right now, and if you make it up, there are plenty of great turns to be had. What better way to work off those holiday cookies than with a few extra runs?!
If you're still on vacation, be sure to take advantage of the week ahead, as temperatures are expected to be favorable and there's even a chance we could see a few flurries during the day tomorrow. We know you college students are likely still on break for another couple of weeks, so be sure to take advantage of our College Cut deal. For just $39 dollars, you can come shred with us, Sunday through Friday! Be sure you bring your current student ID with you when you come visit.
The temperatures should be in the mid 20's which is perfect conditions for our snowmakers to get set and start back up. A light breeze is anticipated throughout the day today which will only make it easier for our snowguns to blanket the hill. Keep your eyes peeled for snowmakers on Upper Exhibition, Town Meeting, and Birches, and be sure to say thank you when you do!