Friday, March 7, 2014
By Wendy Almeida email@example.com
Assistant News Editor/Features
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A view from The Roost
Rattlesnake Pool on the Stone House Trail on Blueberry Mountain.
THE VIEW FROM HERE
• Trail head GPS coordinates: 44.0593, -70.911
• Trail length: 1 mile roundtrip
• Elevation gain: about 800 feet
• White Cairn Trail/Stone House Trail loop
• Trail head GPS coordinates: 44.252, -70.9909
• Trail length: approximately 4.5 miles roundtrip
• Elevation gain: about 1,180 feet
Both trails are in Evans Notch in the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness area of the White Mountains National Forest, about 20 miles north of Fryeburg on Route 113.
The other new-to-me trail to Blueberry's summit is the Bickford Slides Trail to Blueberry Ridge Trail. The Bickford Slides Trail is an easy ascent, but once you make the turn onto the Blueberry Ridge Trail, be prepared to do some serious climbing.
My friend and I stopped several times on the steep, rocky "steps" and had a variety of interesting conversations while taking breaks to catch our breath. Although a more strenuous climb, this trail can offer a loop to summit two additional mountain peaks (Ames and Speckled mountains). It's an all-day adventure to cover the almost 9-mile loop. But when hiking with children, the loop up White Cairn offers an easier half-day hike that I think is more appealing to families hiking with younger kids.
There is an added bonus to hiking Blueberry Mountain this month -- its namesake fruit. The wild blueberry bushes are abundant near the summit, and last week when I was there with the kids, there were already plenty of berries to pick and eat.
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