Hiking down the Turtle Trail — Photo courtesy of Mark PechenikThe work done on Mt. Agamenticus near Portland was necessary to ensure open views from the mountain’s summit. In recent years, natural growth of trees and bushes had come to obscure the views most sought after by the fans of Mt. A (as the locals affectionately call it). Now, you can enjoy the scenic wonder of Agamenticus. On clear days, it's possible to witness 360-degree views that encompass the entire region.
To the north, it's likely to see the commanding peaks of the White Mountains. Meanwhile, to the east, the long expanse of the Atlantic Ocean beckons. One of the best and quickest ways to get to the summit is by Turtle Trail, which starts adjacent to the auto road leading to the summit (traveling south from Route 1, turn right onto Mountainside Road and take it to the auto road).
New view from the Mt. Agamenticus summit — Photo courtesy of Mark PechenikThis nicely wooded trail offers a gradual, easy climb to the summit of Mt. Aggie, another local nickname. Along the way, small kiosks explain the mountain’s unique ecological niche. Hikers can learn about efforts to eradicate invasive plant species, natural wildlife in the area, and work to maintain and expand the Mt. Aggie conservation area. Total time for the climb with small children is no more than 45 minutes to an hour.