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Peaks
Peaks Blueberry Mountain, Jeffers Mountain, The Hogsback, NH
Trails
Trails: Blueberry Mountain Trail, bushwhack, herd paths, skidder roads
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: plenty of parking at the western Trailhead - nobody in lot or on the trail that I saw 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: no crossings 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: a couple of smaller blowdowns low on the Blueberry Mtn Trail (west side) 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: steep cliffs along ridge 
Bugs
Bugs: a few here and there - got bit a few times 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Terrific loop today! Headed up to Blueberry Mtn first. There were a LOT of "blueberries" - strangest blueberries I've ever tasted - like they were full of seeds - very gritty - maybe some other variation but it's no mystery why these haven't been eaten despite how tasty they looked!!!! From Blueberry Mountain, I had a semi-difficult time finding a route off the slabs and the thick trees. I circled the summit a bit to the north to finally find a tunnel out. Once off the summit, surprisingly open even though it looked thick.

Once onto the ridge up to Jeffers, things were pretty neat - very open - a lot of raspberry patches that slowed me down - SO yummy and perfect!!!! Ripe! YAY!!!!

Terrific herd paths about halfway up Jeffers to summit and along the ridge. The Hogsback Ridge has plenty of open spots/steep cliffs you can walk on, on either side (east or west). The "summit" of Hogsback was amazing - WOW - open rock - so glad I finally got here!!!! From there, I headed along the ridge to the north and noticed a "balanced rock" along the ridge - neat!

I didn't go too far beyond the "summit" of Hogsback before I started looking for an escape hatch off the ridge to head west back to my car. I found one a little ways beyond the summit that did not land me on the top of a cliff. BUT, very steep dropoff - looks like 100' drop for less than 100' in contour lines but seemed to go straight down so I butt-slid where I could. Eventually it flattened out and I headed southwest through a large logging cut, using some skidder paths and eventually connected to the main logging road the trail branched off from.  
Name
Name: Becca Munroe 
E-Mail
E-Mail: beccahiker@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-08-20 
Link
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