|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Blueberry Mountain, ME|
||Bickford Brook Trail, Blueberry Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, March 14, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Spring Snow, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||We were able to find a place to cross the stream, often standing on rocks submerged 1" in water, so we were happy to be wearing rubber boots and to have poles. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||There was no one else on the trail that day so we were happy to let our dog run free. |
|Lost and Found:
||The weather was high 30s and sunny, windy at the top. |
This is the first time we had hiked this trail in the winter; the stone house road was unplowed, so we headed to Brickett place; and there is a gate across rt 113 a few hundred feet before Brickett Place. It took us a a little over 1.5 hours to get from the car to the summit. We carried snowshoes but didn't need them and were very happy to be wearing microspores over waterproof bog boots; there were very occasional postholes only when we went off trail to one side or the other.
The trail was not hard to follow, but there are no blazes, and the cairns at the top are small.
The walk along the gated road was mostly packed granular. The first .6 miles of trail was mostly 1/2 inch of water running over leaves, then the stream crossing noted above. Past the stream it gets very steep in places and there were a couple areas that had big bulges of ice. Our microspikes were sufficient on the ice on the way up, and on the way down one of us enjoyed butt sliding down the steepest 100 feet or so.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.