Longer hike than my books indicated, but more than worth the effort. While not terribly difficult, there are some areas that will require scrambling over rocks. Summit was very windy on a warm August Sunday. We, however, decided to hike up the eastern flank and back down the same way. At the top, it’s like walking on sponge as the mountain top is covered in wild blueberry and cranberry patches and moss. Glad they increased the difficulty to moderate/advanced, steep steady incline. Your log in attempt was not successful. While not the biggest mountain in the area, Blueberry Mountain has an excellent lookout point to see some of the more impressive mountains of New England. Reaching the summit of Blueberry Mountain is best for experienced hikers. Great hike though, i would upgrade to a little more than moderate. December 2002: Blueberry. It has great views of the North and South Baldface, East and West Royce, Basin Pond and Shell Pond, without requiring a huge amount of effort to climb. The road ends at the Bible camp buildings (look for Diradoudian Lodge) where there is plenty of room to park your car. Late summer is definitely the best season here. Decided to go in from the North Trailhead off of Page Rd in Warren NH. This Blueberry is different from: Possibly a typo? Blueberry Mountain is a great hike with good views at the top. Dark blue paint blazes on rocks and trees mark the way, and even though these are spaced at long intervals, the trail is clearly trodden from years of use, and it is not hard to locate. The understory is a knee- and waist-high sea of mountain wood fern, hay-scented fern, and interrupted fern above bluebead lily and wild sarsaparilla. In the fall, it is an excellent spot to see the colorful New England leaves. Works cardio and thighs! Trail well marked. "My friend Nora and I took Kali and Brooklyn up the Blueberry Mountain loop in Maine to the ledges, summit and then down to Rattlesnake Pool today. Next try Flying Squirrel for a fast and fun ride through the trees. Nice hike. Its just straight up. It can be hiked by itself - via either the Spruce Hill Trail or the Cold Brook Trail. Great Hike! Turn on to this road and drive uphill for almost 1.5 miles. It is 1.5 miles to the peak. The Blueberry Mountain Trail leaves from the Blueberry Mountain Bible Camp parking lot. Be aware that the first part of the hike is on private property. Blueberry Mountain via Stone House Trail, Evans Notch, Maine Live like a Portland local whenever, wherever, Outdoor destinations + local stories & exclusive outdoor events. This is a great hike. If you start from Shell Pond/Stone House Road you can do a loop around Blueberry Mountain that’s roughly 3.5 miles. As mentioned in an earlier comment, the new parking area is on the left before you reach the lodge, and is clearly marked. It's possible, by adding another mile, to tackle the "giant" (2906 feet) Speckled Mountain … The best way to enjoy it is by taking a hike to the summit of Blueberry Mountain before ending with a refreshing, celebratory dip in the emerald green waters. It can be hiked by itself - via either the Blueberry Ridge Trail (from Brickett Place), or the Stone House - White Cairn Loop. A small cascading waterfall here fills a deep pool with cool and clear mountain water. At 3.6 miles, keep left at the junction with the Blueberry Ridge Trail to continue toward the summit of Speckled Mountain. Roundtrip will be about 4.5 miles. My friend and our two dogs agree. Mount Washington may also be spotted on a clear day. The trailhead from this lot is also clearly marked and parallels the road through long grass and sedges before joining the existing trail. It can be challenging if you are not it good physical condition. Great hike. We just bumped up the difficulty on this hike to Moderate and Advanced. Hiking the Eastern Blueberry Mountain Trail. On the way back down you will want to stop at Rattlesnake Pool, adding a little more time to your trip. You walk along the ridge, at the first fork, head left, at the second fork, head left or right – both directions bring you to beautiful spots. While not the biggest mountain in the area, Blueberry Mountain has an excellent lookout point to see some of the more impressive mountains of New England. The trail is short but often steep. At the tip, you … Fans of wild Maine blueberries or people who are searching for great swimming holes will love the hike up Blueberry Mountain and the quick side trail over to Rattlesnake Pool. If doing this hike from the opposite direction (starting at Blueberry Mountain Road), remember to bear right at the two trail junctions you'll encounter during the lower part of the trail. Always a great hike! 9. Blueberry Mountain. Learn more about camp dates and programs here. A couple of weekends ago we visited Blueberry Mountain in Stow, Maine. If you are not into blueberries, a fall hike here provides a vantage point for witnessing some of the most spectacular fall foliage in the country. Once we were done with Blueberry Mountain, it was still early so we decided to attempt another hike either in Maine or New Hamsphire. Not 2.4 miles. The pool is crystal clear and surrounded by lush green vegetation. Follow this into and directly across the field into a hardwood forest, where the path continues following an old woods road. NH 52 With-A-View. Awesome views! From Fryeburg, Maine, take Route 113 North for 19.4 miles to Stone House Rd. The trail to Rattlesnake Pool is about .1 miles. Eat wild Maine blueberries on top of the mountain and cool off from the heat with a dip in the swimming hole. Elizabeth Jacobson: Though I loved Blueberry Mountain and didn't find the hike too difficult, Rumford White Cap is an easier hike and has more blueberries. Visit Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands online for more information or contact: From South: At the intersection of ME Route 142 and 156 in Weld, head north on ME Route 142 toward Philips about 3.8 miles until you see a sign on the left indicating the entrance to the Blueberry Mountain Bible Camp (a dirt road). The Bible Camp has relocated the start of the trail. On a clear day hikers can see the nearby peaks of Jackson, Tumbledown, Bald, and Mt. It was a really fun hike." Is this doable? Enter your username, and we will send you a new, randomly generated password to your email account. Location: Evans Notch Mileage: about 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: about 1,100 feet Trailhead Coords: 44.252, -70.9914 Terrain Map: Blueberry Mountain via White Cairn and Stone House trails on EveryTrail.com. Trailhead Information. They are 3 and 4 and we will most likely carry them in backpacks. If you can pull yourself away from the blueberries, open ledges along one side of the peak provide excellent views of some of the higher mountains gracing the Maine and New Hampshire border. He is also the author of Backpacking the White Mountain 4000 Footers, a free online guidebook of the best backpacking trips in the White Mountains in New Hampshire and Maine. LOTS more blueberries. Plan the Perfect Weekend Getaway in Maine's Lakes & Mountains, The 12 Best Swimming Holes & Waterfalls in Maine's Lakes and Mountains, Introducing the Beautiful, Barely Inhabited Island Off the Coast of Maine That You Need to Have on Your Travel Radar, 8 Amazing Places to See Between Portland and Acadia National Park, The 7 Best Trail-to-Pub Pairings in Maine's Midcoast and Islands. On June 3, 2017, we tackled a challenging overnight hike to test out our tent and sleeping gear (and our leg power). To get there, taking Route 113 and when you’re in town, head towards Stone House Road which becomes Shell Pond Road. Glad to have packed windbreakers. Distance: 2.4 miles** Rating: Easy ***Location: Weld, Maine* This gentle, 2,890’ peak has far less traffic than the summits in Baxter State Park and Acadia National Park—which is just fine by the 419 residents of Weld, who make the trek to the peak each summer to feast on wild Maine blueberries. As always, SO HELPFUL to have others' comments here to know what to expect. The moderately difficult hike to the summit of Blueberry Mountain is about 5 miles round-trip with 1,500 feet of elevation gain from the parking area on Shell Pond Road. After about 100 yards the trail bears right leaving the woods road, and begins to climb steadily. Blueberry Ledges is one of our guides favorite swimming holes after rafting the Penobscot. Other nearby spots for hiking to blueberries: Overset Mountain: Greenwood The Roost: Evan’s Notch Beautiful trail, and well marked and maintained. There is no sign but with the main lodge behind you, look for a path to the right of the parking lot that leads to an athletic field. From the Marcy Field trailhead it is 2.5 miles and starts out, for a short distance, along an old woods road before turning left and entering a forest of mainly hardwoods. Rattlesnake Pool is the highlight of this hike. The summit area is partially open and has good views over Evans Notch and toward North and South Baldface in New Hampshire.It is ascended by the White Cairn, Stone House, and Blueberry Ridge trails. Although Blueberry Mountain is a gateway to Porter Mt. 5. Blueberry Mountain. Very steep right of the get go. This new route entirely avoids the camp buildings. Using GPS we found the hike to be 2.4 miles or so up as the total for the trip was over 4 miles round trip. From North: From Philips, the Blueberry Mountain Bible Camp is 8.7 miles from the intersection of ME Route 4 and 142. Abram, North and South Crocker, Sugarloaf, and on very clear days the Bigelow Mountains Range and Mt. © 2021 RootsRated, Inc. All rights reserved. This was my most favorite hike as a kid. True to its name, one of the best things about Blueberry Mountain is the plethora of blueberry bushes adorning its peak. It was about 2.5 miles up and got a little steep in spots but nothing my kids (10, 10 and 7) couldn't handle with some encouragement. Took two dogs along with us who did great! For our hike I wanted to try Blueberry Mountain in Gilead, ME. There were great views, plenty of streams and the reward at the end of Rattlesnake Pool. Evans Notch, about 20 miles north of Fryeburg, on the Maine side of the White Mountains National Forest that offers some amazing mountain views. There should be a sign indicating the entrance to the Blueberry Mountain Bible Camp (a dirt road). Blue, as well as more distant peaks including, Saddleback, Spaulding, Mt. It is not a technical hike at all. Add in the blueberry picking and this trail is a must-do in Western Maine. Head to Tootsie Roll first for smooth surfaces and gentle grades. The view from the top was AMAZING! Be aware of other berries and know for sure you have blueberries before eating any. There are a few different trails that lead to Blueberry Mountain’s peak. Purple trails, East Royce. The summit of Blueberry Mountain is in the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness north of Fryeburg. The Stone House Trail is only 1.5 miles long, but it climbs steeply most of the way up. Drive time from Portland is about an hour and 45 minutes. My friend and I want to hike this with our kiddos. Please try again. Named because of the abundant blueberries on its summit and upper slopes, it is a popular day hike. Sitting on the edge of the White Mountain Wilderness in Maine, Blueberry Mountain (1,781’) is a wonderful destination for a day trip from the Portland region. View from the lookout on Blueberry Mountain. The trails passes through Maple, Yellow-birch, and Gray birch forest stands, and hikers have a good chance of seeing signs of wildlife on the way. However, the summit offers some of the best views of the Maine High Peaks Region. Lastly, the best part of a hike up Blueberry Mountain is a stop at Rattlesnake Pool for a quick dip  to help you cool off on the way back down. You will pass the Rattlesnake Gorge and Rattlesnake Pool along the way. The shorter distance and great views make this a great family hike as well. These awesome businesses support our goal of connecting people to outdoor adventures in Maine! (formerly Shell Pond Road); this will be 0.7 miles north of AMC Cold River Camp. This waterfall hike is one of many beautiful hikes near Northern Outdoors’ Katahdin Adventure Base Camp where you could easily spend a week rafting the Penobscot, exploring Baxter State Park, hiking the Appalachian Trail, fishing, paddleboarding, or just enjoying the spectacular view of Mt Katahdin. Iris, my five year old daughter, loved biking in New Hampshire and Storyland was a bunch of fun. Take Stone House Road all the way to the metal gate and park in the provided parking area. Located at Blueberry Mountain in Evans Notch, Rattlesnake Pool is a scenic swimming hole that can be reached by a short, enjoyable hike. The mountain offers a moderate challenge and a wonderful, slightly off-the-beaten-path swimming spot that is a fun way to cool off on a hot day. Blueberry Mountain (1781 feet high) at the top is one long ledgy ridge with numerous views along the way. We got the idea to attempt the Royce-Speckled Mountain Loop in the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) and the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness from the awesome SectionHiker blog. Once above tree line, follow the cairns (rock piles) to the summit which is recognized by its large cairn, geological survey marker, and spectacular views. Wow what a view! The road ends at the Bible camp buildings (look for Diradoudian Lodge) where there is plenty of room to park your car. The Blueberry Lake trails were designated in 2013 as an International Mountain Bike Association Model Trail-Gateway network and are great for beginners. My daughter is obsessed with Blueberries for Sal and wants to hike "Blueberry Mountain". View at the top is definitely worth it. The first one is almost immediate and rather obvious because the left-hand turn would be on a cleared dirt road rather than a wide trail-like route. When you have reached the top, follow the Overlook loop trail a short way to scenic views of the White Mountains. © 2021 Maine Trail Finder. and Cascade Mt. You’ll want to start your journey in the town of Gilead. it is typically hiked by itself and not in conjunction with the High Peaks. A steep climb to the summit of Blueberry Mountain where hikers are rewarded with 360 degree views of the Maine High Peaks Region, Click on a parking icon to get custom directions. November 2005: Blueberry. As far as being a moderate trail, I would highly disagree, I'd hate to see an advanced trail ;). Log in or create an account below to unlock all the great features of Maine trail finder: keep track of trails you want to do, preserve memories of trails you’ve done, earn badges, and more! — Hufflepuff • Aug 20, 2020 This one's definitely short but stiff, which is just the workout we were hoping for, and fine views as a reward on top. My gps equipped Fitbit calculated from parking lot to the exact summit at 1.49 miles and took me 50 minutes. Speckled Mountain in the Evans Notch area is a moderate hike that features fine views to the North. The Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool Loop is perhaps the most idyllic short day hike in the area, and ranks as one of our favorite family trips in all of New England. Join/Login. Washington in New Hampshire. Went up and hiked Blueberry Mountain this weekend. Hiking info, trail maps, and 2 trip reports from Blueberry Mountain (2,890 ft) in Maine. Your dog will enjoy this hike as much as you do, especially if they like water. There is a fair amount of blowdown on the trail but as long as you don’t mind crawling over a few trees you’ll be fine. From mountain tops to ocean skerries, these low bush berries are always a treat to snack on! Rattlesnake Pool also acts as a good spot to refill water if necessary. Beautiful views. Overall, hiking the Rumford Whitecap Trail was a great experience from the beautiful trail, thanks to Mahoosuc Pathways, to the exposed rock and views up top. At 2890 feet in elevation, Blueberry Mountain is one of the lesser known and hiked trails in the Weld region. Hiking info, trail maps, and 2 trip reports from Blueberry Mountain (2,890 ft) in Maine. Took me about an hour 20 to summit and back. It can also be looped with neighboring Speckled Mountain via the Bickford Brook… Sitting on the edge of the White Mountain Wilderness in Maine, Blueberry Mountain (1,781’) is a wonderful destination for a day trip from the Portland region. A devotee of New Hampshire and Maine hiking and backpacking, Philip is the 36th person to hike all 650 of the hiking trails in the White Mountain Guide. We noticed Sabattus Mountain on the Maine Gazetteer and although it was a bit of a drive from where we were, it would be a super short so off we went to find it. Maine Hike: Speckled Mountain of Evans Notch Another Evans Notch favorite which involves a loop hike of Blueberry Mountain and Speckled Mountain in the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness Area. Turn on to this road and drive uphill for almost 1.5 miles. Enjoy! Stone House Road branches off to the right of Route 113 not long after the road dips into New Hampshire. Hiked 03/27/16- 4 Wheel Drive needed to get up to the parking area! A new password has been emailed to you. Eventually it toppled over in a hurricane and was removed from the mountain via helicopter by the Maine Forest Service in 2004. All Rights Reserved. The water flows into several smaller pools making it a fun area to explore, but watch out for slippery rocks. Walk past the gate and down the road a half mile to the Stone House Trail which extends a further 1.5 miles to the top of Blueberry Mountain. Dogs are allowed on the trail. Interested in learning more about trails in Maine? 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