|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Speckled Mountain, Blueberry Mountain, ME|
||Bickford Brook Trail, Bickford Slides Trail, Blueberry Ridge Trail, Lookout Loop|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, October 23, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||$5 for parking at Brickett Place. We were the only car in the lot when we started and there was one other when we finished. |
||Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||High water, but we were able to stay dry with creative rock hopping |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails are all well-mantained for wilderness trails |
||Would be a good trail for dogs |
|Lost and Found:
||Emma & I enjoyed the end of foliage season on this cloudy day on Speckled and Blueberry Mountains. We started at Brickett Place and made a loop using the Bickford Brook Trail, the Bickford Slides Trail, the Blueberry Ridge Trail, & the Lookout Loop.|
Because of the recent rain, the three Bickford Slides were very impressive. The stream crossings required some hopping, but were not too difficult. The loop by the waterfalls is definitely more difficult than the part of the Bickford Brook Trail it bypasses, but is well worth it for the falls.
We entered the clouds on the Bickford Brook Trail around 2,500' and stayed in them all the way to the summit.
While the upper viewpoints on Blueberry Ridge were in the clouds, the lower ones had excellent views. The Blueberry Ridge Trail offers lots of excellent ridge walking and is one of my favorite trails in the area.
On top of Blueberry Mountain, we followed the loop trail to Blueberry's cliff-top viewpoint. After Blueberry's summit, the next section of trail, descending to Bickford Brook, was the most treacherous, with lots of slippery rock slabs.
Even though we missed out on summit views, the many beautiful sights in the woods and lower viewpoints made up for it!
||Sam Shirley |
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.