Or, you can do an out-and-back hike on the Stone House Trail, like I did, which should take 3 to 4 hours with a stop for a refreshing swim at Rattlesnake Pool. [Insert a few pictures – try to find a picture of Rattlesnake pool and ask permission to use or go back and take another] Directions: You can search for directions online but I found the best way to get there was to just punch the GPS coordinates into my phone.. From Fryeburg, take Route 113 North for 19.4 miles to Shell Pond Rd. If the 6 car lot is full, there is space to park along the side of the road. (There were trails that wandered away from the gorge. Drive in and park at the gate. C, Black Mountain in Downeast Maine, 10/5/20. The loop hike up Blueberry Mountain (in Evans Notch on the Maine-New Hampshire border) and down to Rattlesnake Pool is my top choice of hikes to revisit every year. The Blueberry Mountain Trail leaves from the Blueberry Mountain Bible Camp parking lot. The trail head for White Cairn Trail will be on your left after about a quarter mile, and the trail head for Stone House Trail and Rattlesnake Pool will be on your left after about a half mile. Speckled Mountain and the Blueberry Ridge Trail. From Route 113 near town, head towards Stone House Road. clock. There were plenty of children doing this hike, so I consider it family friendly despite the fact that it wiped me out. You could do a loop hike by going up the steeper and more challenging White Cairn Trail, then down the Stone House Trail, with a stop at Rattlesnake Pool about 1 mile from the trail head. The best place to start your hike is from Route 113 near Gilead, head towards Stone House Road. The trail steepens as you make your way up Blueberry Mountain, but the elevation gain is gradual and there is no boulder scrambling. This was my most favorite hike as a kid. Try to go early or later in the day to beat the crowds on a summer weekend. From route 2 in Gilead, Maine, turn left onto route 113 (Evan’s Notch). I did not follow them, so I am not sure where they lead. It can be hiked by itself – via either the Spruce Hill Trail or the Cold Brook Trail. Looking down on the beautiful and refreshing Rattlesnake Pool. If you’re not interested in climbing the mountain and just want to swim, an out-and-back hike to Rattlesnake Pool without going up Blueberry Mountain would be about 2.5 miles round-trip. logicalrealist / Flickr. Access is very easy. It’s located near Brickett Place off Rt 113 and overlooks a private estate, pond, and well-maintained trail system that the owners have made accessible to hikers. Aqua-marine, the pool glows in the forest. Both trail heads are well marked. Directions To Blueberry Mountain: For driving directions to trailheads near Blueberry Mountain click a parking area on the map above, and choose Google Driving Directions. GPS coords for the pool: 44.2559, -70.9755 | Get directions Roundtrip will be about 4.5 miles. Rattlesnake Pool, Stone House Trail, Evans Notch, 20 miles north of Fryeburg. It was about 2.5 miles up and got a little steep in spots but nothing my kids (10, 10 and 7) couldn't handle with some encouragement. about 3 months ago. Drive in and park at the gate. But I think it’s also referred to as Stone House Road. There are lots of roots and rocks and some mud on the upper portion of the trail, which is typical of most trails in Maine. Blueberry Mountain is located in Evan’s Notch, part of White Mountains National Forest in Western Maine, close to the New Hampshire border. While not the biggest mountain in the area, Blueberry Mountain has an excellent lookout point to see some of the more impressive mountains of New England. I recommend heading up the White Cairn Trail, doing the little summit loop at the top, and then heading back down Stone House Trail to Rattlesnake Pool (a spur trail off to the left).There are steep sections on this mountain, but they don’t go on too long. Directions: Google maps calls the access road Shell Pond Road. Home » Blog » Maine Life » Western Mountains » Blueberry Mountain & Rattlesnake Pool in Western Maine. I stripped down and dove in to cool off from my run. I was too exhausted.). We weren’t alone …  Rattlesnake Pool was packed with people, but rightfully so, because it’s a magical place. Gilead, Maine. If you’re going down that direction, make a sharp left through the field on the trail past the house at the end of the airstrip. I saved this for the end of my hike. Sean Munson / Flickr The short hike is best accessed from the town of Gilead. Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT. It’s off of Route 113. The first is at Rattlesnake Flume. Show Map. Interested. SPECKLED MOUNTAIN & BLUEBERRY MOUNTAIN ... with the attractive Rattlesnake Pool and Rattlesnake Flume near its S end. If you start from Shell Pond/Stone House Road you can do a loop around Blueberry Mountain that’s roughly 3.5 miles. From Blueberry Mountain, you can head down the Bickford Brook Trail (it’s short and steep) and check out the Bickford Slides, a series of pools and slides and smooth rocks. Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain (western side). You should not miss the heavenly (and quite popular) Rattlesnake Pool, one of the most beautiful swimming holes in the White Mountain forest. (formerly Shell Pond Road); this will be 0.7 miles north of AMC Cold River Camp. Blueberry Mountain Trail Conditions . And it is very cold! Parking is available at the base of the Stone House Trail along Stone House Road and a good place to drop a car at the end of the hike. Follow that narrow trail for about a quarter mile before you reach the steep banks of the pool. Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain (western side). Learn about hiking Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool, in Evans Notch, on the Maine–New Hampshire border. Learn about hiking Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool, in Evans Notch, on the Maine–New Hampshire border. From Route 113, in Evan’s Notch between the border of Maine and New Hampshire, take Stone House Rd, and bear right on Shell Pond Road which you’ll follow until reaching the small parking area next to the gate. The Rattlesnake pool was “gorge”ous. There is no sign but with the main lodge behind you, look for a path to the right of the parking lot that leads to an athletic field. Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. It was a really fun hike." The summit has open ledges and views. It’s off of Route 113. Purple trails, East Royce. 25 in East Haverhill, turn onto Lime Kiln Road. Viewpoint on Blueberry Mountain summit loop, Blueberry Mountain & Rattlesnake Pool in Western Maine, Winter isn't so bad when there's fresh snow. There are somewhat limited views at the summit because it’s mostly wooded, but you can find a very nice view of the surrounding mountains from a lookout on the easy half mile loop around the summit, and there are lots of wild blueberry bushes along the summit loop. The side trail to Rattlesnake Pond wasn’t marked when I went, but it’s well established and you may even hear people scream as they jump into the cold mountain water. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Wonderful walks (that don’t involve hiking up a mountain), Wheelchair friendly, universally accessible trails, Carrabassett Valley, near Carrabassett Valley. Blueberry Mountain & Rattlesnake Pool in Western Maine ... an out-and-back hike to Rattlesnake Pool without going up Blueberry Mountain would be about 2.5 miles round-trip. The green foliage surrounding Rattlesnake Pool makes the crystal clear water appear emerald green. It was brutally hot the day that I did this hike, so that made the hike more difficult. From the viewpoint, below you is Shell Pond, which is surrounded by Rattlesnake Mountain, Harndon Hill and Deer Hill. Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. The second was a deep emerald pool carved out of the middle of the river. If you start from Shell Pond/Stone House Road you can do a loop around Blueberry Mountain that’s roughly 3.5 miles. There were great views, plenty of streams and the reward at the end of Rattlesnake Pool. Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain (western side). Hosted by Maine Globetrotters and Explorers. The trail at times leads you along a steep embankment above the brook (it’s not too high, though), so take care. This becomes Shell Pond Road. Blueberry Mountain. This crystal clear pool is fed by a waterfall and we all took a very chilly dip. pin. Rattlesnake Pool – an ice cold swimming hole popular in summer months. Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. Follow this into and directly across the field into a hardwood forest, where the path continues following an old woods road. Rattlesnake Pool is fed by small horsetails, each only 3 or 4 feet in height. While not terribly difficult, there are some areas that will require scrambling over rocks. As the name implies, there are wild blueberry bushes on the top of the mountain. Purple trails, East Royce. Chatham - New Hampshire. After 2.3 miles and about 1,500′ of elevation gain, you’ll reach the summit. Going down was much easier, as usual, and after 45 minutes we reached the short trail to Rattlesnake Pool. Absolu, Yesterday was a blah day driving on Route 201. On the E side of the Cold Brook Trail/Adams ridge is the broad basin of Cold Brook, enclosed on the other side by the southeastern Sugarloaf Mtn. Even in the first week of August, the water was so cold that I couldn’t stay in for very long. Yet another excellent alternative to the crowded hikes in Crawford, Pinkham and Franconia Notches. But I think it’s also referred to as Stone House Road. Blueberry Mountain is a small mountain in Evans Notch that has an easily accessible alpine zone and great views without a lot of climbing. The E slopes of Speckled descend steeply for … North America. The best part of the hike is a dip in the emerald green “Rattlesnake Pool” just off the Stone House Trail, a gorgeous swimming hole and waterfall. Blueberry Mountain Trail Conditions and Trip Reports are crowdsourced from many hiking websites across the Internet. Walk .3 miles, and you’ll see the trailhead for White Cairn Trail on your left, and a trail for Shell Pond trail on your right. Next bear left onto Blueberry Mountain Road and go 0.1 mile. Follow it down for a mile, where you will find the spur trail on your left that brings you a couple hundred yards to Rattlesnake Pool, a … After 1.4 miles you will come upon a road junction where Lime Kiln Road goes left and Page Road goes straight or to the right; you want to bear right here and follow Page Road for 1.0 mile. The Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool Loop is perhaps the most idyllic short day hike in the area, and ranks as one of our favorite family trips in all of New England. Further down from the pool is a short trail to an impressive gorge. Reaching the summit of Blueberry Mountain is best for experienced hikers. A long range of lower ledgy summits extends NE, then E from Speckled’s summit. Follow the Blueberry Ridge Trail for just 0.2 miles, then turn right on the Stone House Trail, which will lead you back down into the valley. #mai, Here are my top nine liked photos of 2020. We went up White Cairn Trail, did the summit loop and went down Stone House Trail to Rattle snake Pool and then the Gorge on the way down. Rattlesnake Pool, a frigid but invigorating dip at the end of the Blueberry Mountain hike. The pool is a bowl cut in granite over millenia of water churning stones and pebbles. The Stone House Trail, which is entirely in the woods until reaching the summit, starts out very wide and flat and stays that way until reaching the side trail to Rattlesnake Pool after walking for about a mile. Trail Head Directions. The moderately difficult hike to the summit of Blueberry Mountain is about 5 miles round-trip with 1,500 feet of elevation gain from the parking area on Shell Pond Road. 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