June 8, 2013

Worth the Trip: Baby hikes before those main events

By Josh Christie

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To hike Blueberry Mountain, hikers can begin at the Bickford Brook Trail trailhead. The trail starts at the Brickett Place, a 19th-century brick farmhouse on Route 113 in Stow. Just shy of a mile up Bickford Brook, a sign directs hikers to the right to follow the Blueberry Ridge Trail. The next mile treats hikers to flumes, huge boulders, waterfalls and views of rock slides. The trail continues its brief, steep ascent to the summit. From here a return down the trail provides for an easy 3-mile round trip.

For those looking for a longer journey, the Ridge Trail climbs north along a ridge line. The up-and-down trail flits from wooded surroundings to wide-open overlooks, with peaks marked by cairns. After two miles, the Blueberry Ridge Trail rejoins the Bickford Brook Trail just below the peak of Ames Mountain. From here a left turn will take hikers to their vehicle via the Bickford Brook Trail, making for a 7-mile loop.

Have the energy for another summit? A spur at the junction spans the half-mile to the peak of 2,906-foot Speckled Mountain.

Short as these hikes are, they pack some serious scenic punch. They're a perfect way to get geared up for a fantastic hiking season in Maine.

Josh Christie is a freelance writer and lifetime outdoors enthusiast. He shares column space in Outdoors with his father, John Christie. Josh can be reached at:



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