Blueberry Ridge is steep with some rock scrambling. Speckled Mountain Loop is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lovell, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Tons of wildflowers, bugs were bearable if you kept moving, and we only saw one other hiker! Chose the slides on the way down - will slow you down a little, but worth it as you’re walking above the waterfall and some pools. Love the forest and river areas in between the steep quick scramble up to Blueberry Mtn (worth the lookout detour) and then to the summit. Drive past Shagg Pond and up a hill you’ll find a small parking area on the left and the trailhead on the right. Got a late start on the trail so didn't get to enjoy the ridge as much as I could have. You can go either way, but Bickford Brook is almost completely canopied, whereas Blueberry Ridge is quite exposed with spectacular view of the White Mountains while along the ridge. The bottom of the trail was pretty wet. Le sentier vous présentera des fleurs sauvages et sa difficulté est évaluée comme difficile. We didn’t stay at the top for very long because of the bugs and the hike down Blueberry ridge was epic albeit steep. I’ve never had bad weather on this mountain. In October 2018, we hiked Caribou Mountain (2,850 ft) via the Caribou and Mud Brook Trails, a moderate 6.9 mile loop, which took us a bit over four hours. Glad I got the download maps feature in AllTrails. Bickford Brook was an easy trail with a gentle steady descent back to Brickett place. Beautiful loop up Bickford Slides to Speckled Mtn summit then down To Blueberry and back down to Brickett Place where it started. It is a part of the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness within the White Mountain National Forest. The trail up was muddy and very buggy, but there were only a few patches of snow on the side. Nice ridgeline hike up to Speckled, rocky with alpine flora and some views here and there. Only one steep section on the blueberry ridge decent that was challenging. Seemed long for our first spring hike. After passing the boundary line the elevation grade of the hillside increases and the trail will start on a series of rough switchback as it climbs up the ridge line. Speckled Mountain Loop est un sentier en boucle de 9.4 miles modérément fréquenté situé près de Lovell, Maine. Uncrowded, beautiful and wild, but close enough to civilization, it is one of our favorite places. Map Key Favorites Check-Ins. Very low cloud cover so we did not get to enjoy the views. Took bickford brook trail to summit blueberry mountain first. Topo map: USGS Speckled Mountain, Wild River: Evans Notch (elev. Overall this hike is moderately difficult, though the descent on the Bickford Brook Trail, which follows an old road bed, is more akin to an easy walk in the woods than hiking. We went up Bickford Brook trail and down Blueberry Ridge trail. The 2.5 mile ridge walk over to speckled is awesome. The terrain eases into more gradual climbs. summit of Speckled Mountain. I’ve done the other big popular hikes in area which have more people but better views. Very nice hike. Blueberry Mountain in itself is a good resting spot but it isn't really a mountain as much as it is an exposed part of the Speckled Mountain ridgeline. Most of the elevation gain on this hike takes place on the 7/10ths of a mile going up Blueberry Mt. Trails are well mark although easy to get turned around on the summits. Area is experiencing early signs of drought so many of small stream crossings were dry. From the junction of Rtes. Don’t forget your $5 for parking. This is a short but steep climb and connects to Royce trail which will lead you directly back to the parking lot at Brickett Place. Visit Eastern Mountain Sports to help support TrailsNH Speckled Mountain Trail Map This hiking trail map for Speckled Mountain ME was design by TrailsNH, based on … Wonderful trail! The trail down(2.6) is steep for about a mile, then follows a meandering stream to the base. Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. Can’t wait to go this hike again in the summer when the trail is dry! June 13 - trail conditions excellent. Continuing on, the Blueberry ridge trail goes down and then up to the Speckled Mountain turnoff in 2.2 miles. Views were really good and at 72 8.3 miles were plenty. Paper birch, easy to identify with its white, peeling bark, is reaching maturity here; Bickford Brook and Blueberry Ridge Trails – 8.2-mile loop, strenuous Speckled Mountain A House of Many Names -71.003608, 44.267292 Begin your hike at Brickett Place Farm. Return to the Brickett Place on the Bickford Brook Trail. If you're tired like I was, though, I don't recommend taking the upper slides side-hike on the way down. Overall a nice loop with great views and definitely a workout (for me, especially with the distance) which earned the hard rating. Among the most gentle and even descent for that amount of vertical I've ever had the pleasure of hiking. Like most previous reviewers we did this loop counter clockwise getting the the most difficult section, going up Blueberry Mt, done first. The ascent is as gradual as any you wil find in the whites. Blue, yellow and red blazes mark the trail(s). Take the Bickford Brook Trail to the summit of Speckled Mountain (4.1 miles-3 ½ hours). Speckled Mountain Haystack Notch Loop (click for interactive map on Caltopo.com) This route consisted of the following trails: Bickford Brook Trail to Speckled Mountain – 4.3 miles, 2300′ of elevation gain; Bickford Slides Loop – 0.6 miles, 200′ of elevation gain overall a moderate hike. My BF and I are novice/moderate in experience and were really challenged by this trail, up and down. Speckled Mountain, a darkly wooded, sprawling mass of ledgy ridges on the E side of Evans Notch, is one of the most interesting of the lower peaks of the White Mountains. Conditions were ideal in the 70’s sunny and dry with a nice breeze. I won't lie, the ascent up to Blueberry Mtn was a bit hellish for me and it kind of zapped my energy for the rest of the ascent up to Speckled. Go in early August for the blueberries which are plentiful! The ascent is as gradual as any you wil find in the whites. It was easy and quick but a bit boring and buggy for much of it. Among the most gentle and even descent for that amount of vertical I've ever had the pleasure of hiking. Icing on the cake was a dip in the basin on the drive out. One of the quietest parts of the White Mountains, the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness and its surroundings east of Route 113 are almost entirely within the state of Maine, and top out at around 2900 feet in elevation. Like most previous reviewers we did this loop counter clockwise getting the the most difficult section, going up Blueberry Mt, done first. Purple trails, East Royce. I got off trail a few times. Map Key Favorites Check-Ins. Other Information. Cold Brook Trail at Summits on the Air (Amateur Radio) Weather and Snow National Weather Service Forecast NOAA Snow Depth Map Lists that contain Speckled Mountain: Northeastern Wilderness High Points (Rank #31) See this page's contributions. 3.6 Miles 5.9 KM Point to Point. I went by my favorite, the Cold Brook Trail. The weather was perfect though and view spectacular! Area is experiencing early signs of drought so many of small stream crossings were dry. Located entirely in Maine, it is adjacent to Evans Notch and the Wild River Wilderness, providing hikers with the opportunity to create multi-day backpacking routes through a remote, but spectacularly scenic region of New England wilderness. The view at the top was spectacular, worth the effort. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/maine/bald-mountain-and-speckled-mountain Went counterclockwise, definitely the right choice! I got off trail a few times. About 180 views looking roughly south from Blueberry lookout loop, probably more if you venture around. Location: 44.2691345214844, -70.9929809570312 . The Cold Brook Trail may just be the best of these because it runs over open rock ledges with views that rival Speckled in their splendor. The weather was perfect though and view spectacular! We did the loop clockwise and the accent was very gradual trail with good footing. My BF and I are novice/moderate in experience and were really challenged by this trail, up and down. Turn R @ T for 100-ft. jaunt to Lower Slides; retrace steps to jct. 1,410 ft or 430 m) is a mountain pass located in the White Mountains in Maine, United States, about 1 mile (1.6 km) east of the New Hampshire border. Speckled Mountain (2906′) is the site of an old fire tower in Evans Notch, just inside the Caribou-Speckled Wilderness Area in the White Mountain National Forest. We got the idea to attempt the Royce-Speckled Mountain Loop in the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) and the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness from the awesome SectionHiker blog. Nearby mountains The views are the top are spectacular. Location: 44.266300201416, -70.9794845581055. The hike along Blueberry Ridge Trail was spectacular with views, blueberry bushes & open ledge along the entire distance. Can’t wait to go this hike again in the summer when the trail is dry! Speckled Mountain Loop is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lovell, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The rewards and effort are worth it, views in all directions are amazing! Totally awesomeness with incredible views and foliage! If you are looking for an alternative descent which will ad mileage and a challenge, take Spruce Hill trail down and across Evans Notch at the bottom of 113 and then back up East Royce. Speckled Mountain Haystack Notch Loop (click for interactive map on Caltopo.com) This route consisted of the following trails: Bickford Brook Trail to Speckled Mountain – 4.3 miles, 2300′ of elevation gain Bickford Slides Loop – 0.6 miles, 200′ of elevation gain I’ve done the other big popular hikes in area which have more people but better views. Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. This was an awesome hike, I can’t believe I hadn’t done it already! The trail was in excellent condition 6/10. Outstanding open views on ledges - one of best hikes in whites/speckled mountain wilderness. Compared to other hikes in this area it’s a 3. We got the idea to attempt the Royce-Speckled Mountain Loop in the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) and the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness from the awesome SectionHiker blog. The views are the top are spectacular. It is located near the AMC Cold River Camp. Zoom in to see details. Maine Bureau of Parks and Land: (207) 827-5936, I hiked it with my 2 year old Lab and made the mistake of hiking it clockwise. Evans Notch is one of our favorite places to hike, especially in the Fall when the leaves start changing. Rough section coming down, trail not marked great over the ledge area I believe this trail is mislabeled as Hard. Washington, and further north into Maine. Wonderful views on the way up and at the top. The rewards and effort are worth it, views in all directions are amazing! The view at the top was spectacular, worth the effort. All in all loved this hike! Tons of wildflowers, bugs were bearable if you kept moving, and we only saw one other hiker! The cairns and markings can be confusing on the summit. Nice panoramic view at the top of Speckled. ; cross brook and … 8.6 miles according to my Garmin. Bald Mountain and Speckled Mountain Trail ... Scroll Zoom . Superb hike up to Speckled Mountain! If you are looking for an alternative descent which will ad mileage and a challenge, take Spruce Hill trail down and across Evans Notch at the bottom of 113 and then back up East Royce. Speckled Mountain is a mountain located in western Maine. Nice ridgeline hike up to Speckled, rocky with alpine flora and some views here and there. Blueberry side on the way back is a terrific trail and more difficult in the southern most stretch. All in all loved this hike! Would rate blueberry as moderate to hard - steady climb towards the beginning until you reach the ledges. The 3.1 mile trail from the parking lot starts with the Spruce Hill trail climbing steeply. This trail leads about 1.2 miles to the 2200-foot open summit of Speckled. There is also a river that is challenging to cross because you basically have no choice but to walk through it. ... East Royce Trail Trail, 3400 feet west; Evans Notch Overlook 3400 feet southwest; Spruce Hill Trail Trail, ... excluding photos, directions and the map. The hike along Blueberry Ridge Trail was spectacular with views, blueberry bushes & open ledge along the entire distance. Speckled Mountain is a mountain located in western Maine. Blueberry side on the way back is a terrific trail and more difficult in the southern most stretch. East and West Royce Mountain via Royce Trail, Bickford Brook Trail to Speckled Mountain, West and East Royce Mountains via the Royce Trail. Done baldface circle trail nearby a few times but finally made my way to this loop, glad I did!! Conditions were ideal in the 70’s sunny and dry with a nice breeze. I felt it was easier on knees going up that way and returning via Bickford Brook which is less steep. The views are some of my favorites in Maine. Rough section coming down, trail not marked great over the ledge area Photo: Ken Gallager, CC BY-SA 3.0. I went up the bickford clockwise side. Icing on the cake was a dip in the basin on the drive out. Maine Bureau of Parks and Land: (207) 827-5936, I hiked it with my 2 year old Lab and made the mistake of hiking it clockwise. The idea (and map) for this hike again came from the indispensable Maine Mountain Guide’s recommended hikes (see our review of the 11th edition here ), and did not disappoint. Hiked this on 5/2/ The cairns and markings can be confusing on the summit. Hiked together with the above-treeline Blueberry Ridge Trail, they provide unsurpassed views of Mt Washington, the East, and West Royce Mountains, and the Baldfaces, from a perspective few White Mountain hikers have ever … Views were really good and at 72 8.3 miles were plenty. Its summit is the highest point in the 12,000 acre Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness and all but the lowest slopes of the mountain are within the Wilderness. "Awesome and extensive views from the summit. Spent the rest of the time to the top post holing. Go in early August for the blueberries which are plentiful! It can be ascended by the Bickford Brook, Spruce Hill, Cold Brook, Red Rock and Blueberry Ridge trails, and is a popular day hike. Once you hit Bickford Brook Trail it’s a 1/2 mile up to Speckled Mountain with great views North & West. Very nice hike. The trail was in excellent condition 6/10. Added lookout trail on Blueberry Mtn to ledge (fogged in) and Bickford Brook Slides side trek (well worth t for scenery). Totally awesomeness with incredible views and foliage! Speckled Mountain is a mountain located in western Maine. Went counter clockwise up Blueberry Ridge and returned via Bickford Brook. Location: 44.2694511413574, -70.9898834228516. Top of Speckled looks roughly north with views of Mt Washington and north toward Caribou Mtn/the rest of the western Maine mountains (sweet!). Great views on top of Speckled Mtn. Cold Brook Trail at Summits on the Air (Amateur Radio) Weather and Snow National Weather Service Forecast NOAA Snow Depth Map Lists that contain Speckled Mountain: Northeastern Wilderness High Points (Rank #31) Trail crews have had a steady supply of work clearing fallen trees that block the trail here. At around mile 2.5 we hit snow. Wonderful trail! June 13 - trail conditions excellent. Once the trail reaches the Caribou Speckled Mountain Wilderness Boundary line (WP Wilderness line) the forest nature changes to a majority of conifers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until November. The summit is at 2877 feet and consists of open ledges with excellent views. Map Key Favorites Check-Ins. It was overgrown, had years of old leaf litter, was slipped out in some places, etc. Speckled Mountain sits within the Maine portion of the White Mountain National Forest along the beautiful Route 113. 2,141' 652 m High 967' 295 m Low 1,263' 385 m Up 942' 287 m Down 11% Avg Grade (7°) 27% Max Grade (15°) Toolbox Driving directions Take a … Will definitely return! Based on the page Evans Notch. The trail up was muddy and very buggy, but there were only a few patches of snow on the side. However, it is clear that there is a bit more wildlife here. Nice panoramic view at the top of Speckled. Other Information. It is located near the AMC Cold River Camp. Log In; Join for free; Trails Maine BethelSpeckled Mountain via Spruce Hill Trail Speckled Mountain via Spruce Hill Trail . The views from Speckled’s summit are often fantastic. Blue, yellow and red blazes mark the trail(s). A Northern Hardwoods Forest surrounds the trail near the trailhead. Encountered some ice on the slabs of the summit and steep sections made it an interesting hike for sure! The bottom of the trail was pretty wet. overall a moderate hike. If you're tired like I was, though, I don't recommend taking the upper slides side-hike on the way down. Trails Parks Map About Partners; Donate; Log In Join for free; Toggle Search. Overall a nice loop with great views and definitely a workout (for me, especially with the distance) which earned the hard rating. The summit here is grand, with a great vista over Caribou Mountain and mountains to the north and west! Le sentier offre plusieurs activités et sa meilleure utilisation est de avril à novembre. From Speckled Mountain, my route followed the Blueberry Ridge Trail, which is one of the nicest trails I’ve ever hiked in the Whites (ledge/open views) to Blueberry Mountain (1781′), before descending back to Brickett Place and walking one mile back to my car at Basin Pond. https://www.alltrails.com/.../bickford-brook-trail-to-speckled-mountain The Bickford Brook trail looked like an old road with an even, gentle grade for about its lower half so if you're not up for a more tiring up-and-down, wait-where-did-the-trail-go experience I would stay on Bickford Brook all the way back to the lot. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. R @ T; take Blueberry Ridge Trail for .5 mi. Overall it was a fun hike, lightly trafficked for a beautiful Sunday. It provides access to an outstanding cliff-top view of the hills and lakes east of Evans Notch, in an area where few White Mountain Hikers venture. Blueberry Ridge is steep with some rock scrambling. Purple trails, East Royce. Trees near mountain summits are usually growing in shallow soils over bedrock, and are therefore susceptible to strong winds, especially when they are top-heavy with snow. Speckled Mountain Loop est un sentier en boucle de 9.4 miles modérément fréquenté situé près de Lovell, Maine. At around mile 2.5 we hit snow. Bald Mountain-Little Concord Pond is a 64-acre tract that was acquired in 1990 by the Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands. SML011. The summit here is grand, with a great vista over Caribou Mountain and mountains to the north and west! Miles Notch Trail is not shown. On June 3, 2017, we tackled a challenging overnight hike to test out our tent and sleeping gear (and our leg power). Les chiens sont les bienvenus sur ce sentier mais seulement en laisse. About 180 views looking roughly south from Blueberry lookout loop, probably more if you venture around. Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain. If you want a long walk in the woods for a nice but not the greatest view from the top then you will be happy. SML002. If you want a long walk in the woods for a nice but not the greatest view from the top then you will be happy. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until November. Bickford Brook was an easy trail with a gentle steady descent back to Brickett place. And I don’t work for alltrails but it saved me from taking the wrong path several times. Evans Notch is one of our favorite places to hike, especially in the Fall when the leaves start changing. We did the loop clockwise and the accent was very gradual trail with good footing. This is a short but steep climb and connects to Royce trail which will lead you directly back to the parking lot at Brickett Place. It is tough on the knees so proceed with caution if you have issues! Once when I was here, a Gray jay was grabbing snacks from a hiker’s outstretched hand. Overall it was a fun hike, lightly trafficked for a beautiful Sunday. I’d only suggest this one after you’ve exhausted the must do hikes like Franconia. On the way down we did the blueberry mountain loop which I would highly recommend, pretty much none stop views the whole way down to Blueberry mountain. Hiked this on 5/2/ Miles Notch Trail is not shown. Once you hit Bickford Brook Trail it’s a 1/2 mile up to Speckled Mountain with great views North & West. We didn’t stay at the top for very long because of the bugs and the hike down Blueberry ridge was epic albeit steep. You'll see from my splits where I struggled, lol. The Speckled Mountain via Spruce Hill Trail at the White Mountain National Forest near Bethel, Maine is a moderate 6.3-mile out-and-back trail that ascends Speckled Mountain and features spectacular near-360 views from the summit. The trailhead is on the left after just over a mile. Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain. 6.3 Miles Out-and-Back. Glad I got the download maps feature in AllTrails. Beautiful loop up Bickford Slides to Speckled Mtn summit then down To Blueberry and back down to Brickett Place where it started. Trail was generally well maintained. The trail is really gradual and well marked all the way up. An 8-mile loop trail over two mountains, and two out-and-back mountain trails, along with several ponds and three large lakes, all combine to make this a hidden gem in Downeast Maine. Love the forest and river areas in between the steep quick scramble up to Blueberry Mtn (worth the lookout detour) and then to the summit. It was overgrown, had years of old leaf litter, was slipped out in some places, etc. Only one steep section on the blueberry ridge decent that was challenging. Trail was generally well maintained. Went counterclockwise, definitely the right choice! Like everyone says, terrific views at Speckled summit. The Caribou Trail is a relaxing and scenic hike. On a hot and muggy Thursday this week, I climbed Speckled Mountain (2,906 feet) in Stoneham, Maine. Hikers will notice narrower trails and fewer signs within the Wilderness. The Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness is arguably the best-kept secret in the White Mountain National Forest. Outstanding open views on ledges - one of best hikes in whites/speckled mountain wilderness. Added lookout trail on Blueberry Mtn to ledge (fogged in) and Bickford Brook Slides side trek (well worth t for scenery). This section of trail is much narrower and clearly sees less traffic. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Straight @ 4-way; unmarked rocky hump is Blueberry Mtn. It is tough on the knees so proceed with caution if you have issues! Not sure of total elevation climb but RT from Beckett Place to top of Blueberry Mountain was about 3.5 miles. Yellow trails, Shell Pond loop. 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