Blueberry Mountain is one of the fantastic overnight camps owned and operated by CEF of Maine. Named because of the abundant blueberries on its summit and upper slopes, it is a popular day hike. The view from the top was AMAZING! However, the highlight of this hike is a swim in Rattlesnake Pool. 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. At the tip, you … Follow this into and directly across the field into a hardwood forest, where the path continues following an old woods road. 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. Please try again. 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. The harvest of wild blueberries is a favorite pastime for kids of all ages in Maine. Great hike. Trail well marked. The Blueberry Mountain Trail is a so-called point-to-point hike, which means that, if you want to hike its entire length, you’ll need to have two cars, one on each end of the trail. These awesome businesses support our goal of connecting people to outdoor adventures in Maine! It can be hiked by itself - via either the Spruce Hill Trail or the Cold Brook Trail. 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. 9. The best time to grab some famous wild Maine blueberries here is late July through August. Yellow trails, Shell Pond loop. Always a great hike! It can be hiked by itself - via either the Blueberry Ridge Trail (from Brickett Place), or the Stone House - White Cairn Loop. Head to Tootsie Roll first for smooth surfaces and gentle grades. It can be challenging if you are not it good physical condition. Glad they increased the difficulty to moderate/advanced, steep steady incline. (formerly Shell Pond Road); this will be 0.7 miles north of AMC Cold River Camp. Blueberry Mountain (1781 feet high) at the top is one long ledgy ridge with numerous views along the way. You will pass the Rattlesnake Gorge and Rattlesnake Pool along the way. This one's definitely short but stiff, which is just the workout we were hoping for, and fine views as a reward on top. View at the top is definitely worth it. The trail to Rattlesnake Pool is about .1 miles. The water flows into several smaller pools making it a fun area to explore, but watch out for slippery rocks. I had read great things about the hike, the views, and the beautiful natural pool at the end of the hike (or the beginning, your choice). Beautiful trail, and well marked and maintained. My daughter is obsessed with Blueberries for Sal and wants to hike "Blueberry Mountain". Glad to have packed windbreakers. This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. December 2002: Blueberry. On a clear day hikers can see the nearby peaks of Jackson, Tumbledown, Bald, and Mt. 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. We, however, decided to hike up the eastern flank and back down the same way. Please try again. 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. Evans Notch, about 20 miles north of Fryeburg, on the Maine side of the White Mountains National Forest that offers some amazing mountain views. Be aware that the first part of the hike is on private property. Enjoy! Blue, as well as more distant peaks including, Saddleback, Spaulding, Mt. It is 1.5 miles to the peak. It's possible, by adding another mile, to tackle the "giant" (2906 feet) Speckled Mountain … However, the summit offers some of the best views of the Maine High Peaks Region. Latest ... "Great day for a hike, but apparently the camp dog didn't think so. Live like a Portland local whenever, wherever, Outdoor destinations + local stories & exclusive outdoor events. Blueberry Mountain via Stone House Trail, Evans Notch, Maine Stone House Road branches off to the right of Route 113 not long after the road dips into New Hampshire. There should be a sign indicating the entrance to the Blueberry Mountain Bible Camp (a dirt road). Eventually it toppled over in a hurricane and was removed from the mountain via helicopter by the Maine Forest Service in 2004. 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. — Hufflepuff • Aug 20, 2020 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 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. My friend and I want to hike this with our kiddos. Add in the blueberry picking and this trail is a must-do in Western Maine. This is a relatively easy 7.6 mile loop hike with not a lot of elevation gain. Join/Login. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/ontario/blueberry-mountain Although Blueberry Mountain is a gateway to Porter Mt. Hiking info, trail maps, and 2 trip reports from Blueberry Mountain (2,890 ft) in Maine. Turn on to this road and drive uphill for almost 1.5 miles. Decided to go in from the North Trailhead off of Page Rd in Warren NH. Once we were done with Blueberry Mountain, it was still early so we decided to attempt another hike either in Maine or New Hamsphire. It was a really fun hike." A fire tower on the summit was manned until the late 1960s. 6 - Blueberry Mountain manyamoon. Blueberry Mountain is one of my family’s favorite places to hike. Great Hike! Is this doable? 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 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).Turn on to this road and drive uphill for almost 1.5 miles. "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. 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. Success! You’ll want to start your journey in the town of Gilead. It is not a technical hike at all. From North: From Philips, the Blueberry Mountain Bible Camp is 8.7 miles from the intersection of ME Route 4 and 142. At 2890 feet in elevation, Blueberry Mountain is one of the lesser known and hiked trails in the Weld region. We went up White Cairn Trail, did the summit loop and went down Stone House Trail to Rattle snake Pool and then the Gorge on the way down. While not terribly difficult, there are some areas that will require scrambling over rocks. Felt like climbing a huge flight of stairs. 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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. A Walk Through Maine’s Fire History -70.959806, 44.290015 Very steep right of the get go. Awesome views! Late summer is definitely the best season here. Rattlesnake Pool also acts as a good spot to refill water if necessary. 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! A new password has been emailed to you. Be aware of other berries and know for sure you have blueberries before eating any. Rattlesnake Pool is the highlight of this hike. True to its name, one of the best things about Blueberry Mountain is the plethora of blueberry bushes adorning its peak. At 3.6 miles, keep left at the junction with the Blueberry Ridge Trail to continue toward the summit of Speckled 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. My gps equipped Fitbit calculated from parking lot to the exact summit at 1.49 miles and took me 50 minutes. Went up and hiked Blueberry Mountain this weekend. There was an issue with your submission. Iris, my five year old daughter, loved biking in New Hampshire and Storyland was a bunch of fun. 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. Trails used: Sabattus Mountain Trail. There are a few different trails that lead to Blueberry Mountain’s peak. Reaching the summit of Blueberry Mountain is best for experienced hikers. Purple trails, East Royce. Hiked 03/27/16- 4 Wheel Drive needed to get up to the parking area! 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. There were great views, plenty of streams and the reward at the end of Rattlesnake Pool. The pool is crystal clear and surrounded by lush green vegetation. The Blueberry Lake trails were designated in 2013 as an International Mountain Bike Association Model Trail-Gateway network and are great for beginners. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage. The Blueberry Mountain Trail leaves from the Blueberry Mountain Bible Camp parking lot. This new route entirely avoids the camp buildings. The summit of Blueberry Mountain is in the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness north of Fryeburg. November 2005: Blueberry. This is a great hike. Hiking the Eastern Blueberry Mountain Trail. Speckled Mountain in the Evans Notch area is a moderate hike that features fine views to the North. The trailhead from this lot is also clearly marked and parallels the road through long grass and sedges before joining the existing trail. With an altitude of 1,750 feet it's definitely a hearty hike. Enter your username, and we will send you a new, randomly generated password to your email account. Trailhead Information. It can also be looped with neighboring Speckled Mountain via the Bickford Brook… I would say its more strenuous than moderate however. Late summer provides wild blueberries and the heat to make Rattlesnake Pool a refreshing dip. Interested in learning more about trails in Maine? Washington in New Hampshire. 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. Beautiful views. Longer hike than my books indicated, but more than worth the effort. Nice hike. 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. Shoe spikes recommended, steep ice areas! Log a climb. 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. Summit was very windy on a warm August Sunday. 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. When you have reached the top, follow the Overlook loop trail a short way to scenic views of the White Mountains. The Bible Camp has relocated the start of the trail. The shorter distance and great views make this a great family hike as well. Next try Flying Squirrel for a fast and fun ride through the trees. Possibly a typo? © 2021 RootsRated, Inc. All rights reserved. NH 52 With-A-View. 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. 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. Learn more about camp dates and programs here. Took me about an hour 20 to summit and back. Blueberry Mountain. Its just straight up. Drive time from Portland is about an hour and 45 minutes. © 2021 Maine Trail Finder. 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. Hiking info, trail maps, and 2 trip reports from Blueberry Mountain (2,890 ft) in Maine. 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. Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. My friend and our two dogs agree. 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. LOTS more blueberries. Eat wild Maine blueberries on top of the mountain and cool off from the heat with a dip in the swimming hole. On June 3, 2017, we tackled a challenging overnight hike to test out our tent and sleeping gear (and our leg power). 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. It can also be looped with neighboring Blueberry Mountain via the Bickford Brook - Blueberry Ridge Trail Loop from… Wow what a view! On the way back down you will want to stop at Rattlesnake Pool, adding a little more time to your trip. Blueberry Mountain in the Evans Notch area is a moderate hike that features fine views to the South. After about 100 yards the trail bears right leaving the woods road, and begins to climb steadily. They are 3 and 4 and we will most likely carry them in backpacks. Mount Washington may also be spotted on a clear day. What a great hike! Blueberry Mountain is a great hike with good views at the top. The road ends at the Bible camp buildings (look for Diradoudian Lodge) where there is plenty of room to park your car. Dogs are allowed on the trail. Yet another excellent alternative to the crowded hikes in … The trail is best hiked in the daytime during the spring, summer, and fall. Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain (western side). Not 2.4 miles. 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. 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. Works cardio and thighs! 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. peakery; Log a climb. Your log in attempt was not successful. A couple of weekends ago we visited Blueberry Mountain in Stow, Maine. Located in Weld, Maine this wilderness adventure camp focuses on exploring God's creation and fellowshipping with other campers. Check out the newest articles in MTF Stories! This Blueberry is different from: and Cascade Mt. If you start from Shell Pond/Stone House Road you can do a loop around Blueberry Mountain that’s roughly 3.5 miles. 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. 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. The Stone House Trail is only 1.5 miles long, but it climbs steeply most of the way up. Fantastic hike and views in all directions. To get there, taking Route 113 and when you’re in town, head towards Stone House Road which becomes Shell Pond Road. At the top, it’s like walking on sponge as the mountain top is covered in wild blueberry and cranberry patches and moss. 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). As always, SO HELPFUL to have others' comments here to know what to expect. Sign indicating the start of the Stone House Trail. Great hike though, i would upgrade to a little more than moderate. However, in order to be rewarded with Rattlesnake Pool, you will need to use the Stone House Trail, located off Stone House Road. Blueberry Mountain. Other nearby spots for hiking to blueberries: Overset Mountain: Greenwood The Roost: Evan’s Notch 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. All Rights Reserved. View from the lookout on Blueberry Mountain. 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. Abram, North and South Crocker, Sugarloaf, and on very clear days the Bigelow Mountains Range and Mt. Roundtrip will be about 4.5 miles. As far as being a moderate trail, I would highly disagree, I'd hate to see an advanced trail ;). In the fall, it is an excellent spot to see the colorful New England leaves. As mentioned in an earlier comment, the new parking area is on the left before you reach the lodge, and is clearly marked. it is typically hiked by itself and not in conjunction with the High Peaks. 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. The latter two went perfectly. At higher elevations, spruce, fir, and white birch dominate the forest stands before the trees give way to low scrub and blueberry bushes. We just bumped up the difficulty on this hike to Moderate and Advanced. The road ends at the Bible camp buildings (look for Diradoudian Lodge) where there is plenty of room to park your car. 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