From route 2 in Gilead, Maine, turn left onto route 113 (Evan’s Notch). Learn about hiking Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool, in Evans Notch, on the Maine–New Hampshire border. (There were trails that wandered away from the gorge. But I think it’s also referred to as Stone House Road. The pool is a bowl cut in granite over millenia of water churning stones and pebbles. 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. I stripped down and dove in to cool off from my run. Blueberry Mountain. At about 8.5 miles take a left onto Stone House road. Western trailhead on Blueberry Mountain Road: From Rt. When you’re close you’ll likely hear the roar of the water (or some folks splashing about in it). From Fryeburg, Maine, take Route 113 North for 19.4 miles to Stone House Rd. 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. Well marked with rock piles at the top, but not well marked coming down from the gorge into the field. Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain (western side). 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. 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. A couple of weekends ago we visited Blueberry Mountain in Stow, Maine. GPS coords for the pool: 44.2559, -70.9755 | Get directions 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. SPECKLED MOUNTAIN & BLUEBERRY MOUNTAIN ... with the attractive Rattlesnake Pool and Rattlesnake Flume near its S end. This was my most favorite hike as a kid. This rocky trail lead up the side of Blueberry Mountain with a couple of side trails that visited Rattlesnake Gorge and Rattlesnake Pool. Each Mountain Home offers the ultimate in comfort, ambiance, and space. Chatham - New Hampshire. Continue up the trail, keeping your eye out for a very small white sign with an arrow directing you to the right, as this is the way to the pool. The trail steepens as you make your way up Blueberry Mountain, but the elevation gain is gradual and there is no boulder scrambling. If you start from Shell Pond/Stone House Road you can do a loop around Blueberry Mountain that’s roughly 3.5 miles. As the name implies, there are wild blueberry bushes on the top of the mountain. 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. Blueberry Mountain is located in Evan’s Notch, part of White Mountains National Forest in Western Maine, close to the New Hampshire border. Follow this into and directly across the field into a hardwood forest, where the path continues following an old woods road. I saved this for the end of my hike. It was brutally hot the day that I did this hike, so that made the hike more difficult. pin. Absolu, Yesterday was a blah day driving on Route 201. The best place to start your hike is from Route 113 near Gilead, head towards Stone House Road. If you start from Shell Pond/Stone House Road you can do a loop around Blueberry Mountain that’s roughly 3.5 miles. Rattlesnake Pool, a frigid but invigorating dip at the end of the Blueberry Mountain hike. This was my most favorite hike as a kid. Roundtrip will be about 4.5 miles. Blueberry Mountain Trail Conditions . Going down was much easier, as usual, and after 45 minutes we reached the short trail to Rattlesnake Pool. The first is at Rattlesnake Flume. Speckled Mountain and the Blueberry Ridge Trail. 25 in East Haverhill, turn onto Lime Kiln Road. Even in the first week of August, the water was so cold that I couldn’t stay in for very long. 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. 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. The summit has open ledges and views. There were plenty of children doing this hike, so I consider it family friendly despite the fact that it wiped me out. Drive in and park at the gate. Both trail heads are well marked. Yet another excellent alternative to the crowded hikes in Crawford, Pinkham and Franconia Notches. The trail at times leads you along a steep embankment above the brook (it’s not too high, though), so take care. 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 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. Added by The Outbound Collective Located at Blueberry Mountain in Evans Notch, Rattlesnake Pool is a scenic swimming hole that can be reached by a short, enjoyable hike. The Blueberry Mountain Trail leaves from the Blueberry Mountain Bible Camp parking lot. North America. Interested. To your right, across the border in NH is Baldface Mountain. I didn, Drone shots of Monday's hike on Black Mountain. (formerly Shell Pond Road); this will be 0.7 miles north of AMC Cold River Camp. Sean Munson / Flickr The short hike is best accessed from the town of Gilead. 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. 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. Directions: Google maps calls the access road Shell Pond Road. 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. Further down from the pool is a short trail to an impressive gorge. Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain (western side). 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. 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. In the first week of August the blueberries were ready for picking. Jul 6, 2017 - Looking for great outdoor trips with kids? Next bear left onto Blueberry Mountain Road and go 0.1 mile. logicalrealist / Flickr. "My friend Nora and I took Kali and Brooklyn up the Blueberry Mountain loop in Maine to the ledges, summit and then down to Rattlesnake Pool today. 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. Yellow trails, Shell Pond loop. 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. The green foliage surrounding Rattlesnake Pool makes the crystal clear water appear emerald green. Drive in and park at the gate. If you start from Shell Pond/Stone House Road you can do a loop around Blueberry Mountain that’s roughly 3.5 miles. The pool is crystal clear and surrounded by lush green vegetation. It can be hiked by itself – via either the Spruce Hill Trail or the Cold Brook Trail. I was too exhausted.). Learn about hiking Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool, in Evans Notch, on the Maine–New Hampshire border. Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. Try to go early or later in the day to beat the crowds on a summer weekend. This crystal clear pool is fed by a waterfall and we all took a very chilly dip. From Route 113 near town, head towards Stone House Road. Aqua-marine, the pool glows in the forest. Purple trails, East Royce. Tucked away in a little-visited high mountain valley on the Maine-New Hampshire border, Evans Notch is an outdoor paradise, with many great options for families with kids. 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 … 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. Looking down on the beautiful and refreshing Rattlesnake Pool. There’s a waterfall and several rocks to jump off into the cold but very refreshing water. 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. Home » Blog » Maine Life » Western Mountains » Blueberry Mountain & Rattlesnake Pool in Western Maine. Blueberries are at the end of their season. 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. Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. clock. 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. 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. From the viewpoint, below you is Shell Pond, which is surrounded by Rattlesnake Mountain, Harndon Hill and Deer Hill. It’s off of Route 113. Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool, beautiful hike but be warned the blackflies are vicious. It was a really fun hike." Please take note that both Rattlesnake Flume and Rattlesnake Pool are located on private property. Yellow trails, Shell Pond loop. Show Map. Blueberry Mountain Trail Conditions and Trip Reports are crowdsourced from many hiking websites across the Internet. It’s off of Route 113. [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. A long range of lower ledgy summits extends NE, then E from Speckled’s summit. Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain (western side). Hosted by Maine Globetrotters and Explorers. I, Today's conditions on Route 11 looking north at So, Dorr Mountain via Emery & Schiff Path in Acadia National Park. The second was a deep emerald pool carved out of the middle of the river. Follow that narrow trail for about a quarter mile before you reach the steep banks of the pool. Rattlesnake Pool, Stone House Trail, Evans Notch, 20 miles north of Fryeburg. Directions: Google maps calls the access road Shell Pond Road. 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. My map includes the loop around Shell Pond (in yellow), and the trails over to Speckled Mountain, which has a gorgeous summit. Gilead, Maine. There were great views, plenty of streams and the reward at the end of Rattlesnake Pool. Purple trails, East Royce. 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. Rattlesnake Pool is fed by small horsetails, each only 3 or 4 feet in height. The E slopes of Speckled descend steeply for … Blackberry Mountain seamlessly infuses wellness, outdoor adventure and hospitality into every experience, creating moments as epic and invigorating as the views that surround our guests. What a great hike! The hike starts on a dirt road after walking around the gate. C, Black Mountain in Downeast Maine, 10/5/20. Take the path to the left to go to Rattlesnake pool, or view the waterfall from the bridge just a few yards down the gorge trail. 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. Featuring dual master bedroom suites with deep soaker tubs, two guest bedrooms, twin bunk alcoves, and a laundry room. Blueberry Mountain is a small mountain in Evans Notch that has an easily accessible alpine zone and great views without a lot of climbing. If the 6 car lot is full, there is space to park along the side of the road. Reaching the summit of Blueberry Mountain is best for experienced hikers. Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT. While not terribly difficult, there are some areas that will require scrambling over rocks. 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. Yellow trails, Shell Pond loop. 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. There is a little loop you can do around Bickford Slides. May 31, 2018 - Looking for great outdoor trips with kids? 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. Viewpoint on Blueberry Mountain summit loop, Blueberry Mountain & Rattlesnake Pool in Western Maine, Winter isn't so bad when there's fresh snow. #mai, Here are my top nine liked photos of 2020. about 3 months ago. With an altitude of 1,750 feet it's definitely a hearty hike. 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. This becomes Shell Pond Road. Jun 14, 2015 - Rattlesnake Pool. Trail Head Directions. After 2.3 miles and about 1,500′ of elevation gain, you’ll reach the summit. Sitting on the edge of the White Mountain Wilderness in Maine, Blueberry Mountain (1,781’) is a wonderful destination for a day trip from the Portland region. 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. The flume consists of a 10-foot plunge dumping down into narrow gorge walls. And it is very cold! Access is very easy. This was my most favorite hike as a kid. We weren’t alone …  Rattlesnake Pool was packed with people, but rightfully so, because it’s a magical place. — Hufflepuff • Aug 20, 2020 I did not follow them, so I am not sure where they lead. You should not miss the heavenly (and quite popular) Rattlesnake Pool, one of the most beautiful swimming holes in the White Mountain forest. Rattlesnake Pool – an ice cold swimming hole popular in summer months. But I think it’s also referred to as Stone House Road. Purple trails, East Royce. Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. 3.5 miles we weren ’ t stay in for very long trailhead on Blueberry is! 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