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Trailhead

From South: At the intersection of ME Route 142 and 156 in Weld, head north on ME Route 142 toward Philips about 3.8 miles until you see a sign on the left indicating the entrance to the Blueberry Mountain Bible Camp (a dirt road). Turn on to this road and drive uphill for almost 1.5 miles.  The road ends at the Bible camp buildings (look for Diradoudian Lodge) where there is plenty of room to park your car.

From North: From Philips, the Blueberry Mountain Bible Camp is 8.7 miles from the intersection of ME Route 4 and 142.  There should be a sign indicating the entrance to the Blueberry Mountain Bible Camp (a dirt road). Turn on to this road and drive uphill for almost 1.5 miles.  The road ends at the Bible camp buildings (look for Diradoudian Lodge) where there is plenty of room to park your car.

Description

At 2890 feet in elevation, Blueberry Mountain is one of the lesser known and hiked trails in the Weld region. However, the summit offers some of the best views of the Maine High Peaks Region.  On a clear day hikers can see the nearby peaks of Jackson, Tumbledown, Bald, and Mt. Blue, as well as more distant peaks including, Saddleback, Spaulding, Mt. Abram, North and South Crocker, Sugarloaf, and on very clear days the Bigelow Mountains Range and Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. 

The Blueberry Mountain Trail leaves from the Blueberry Mountain Bible Camp parking lot.  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.  Follow this into and directly across the field into a hardwood forest, where the path continues following an old woods road.  After about 100 yards the trail bears right leaving the woods road, and begins to climb steadily.  Dark blue paint blazes on rocks and trees mark the way, and even though these are spaced at long intervals, the trail is clearly trodden from years of use, and it is not hard to locate. 

The trails passes through Maple, Yellow-birch, and Gray birch forest stands, and hikers have a good chance of seeing signs of wildlife on the way.  At higher elevations, spruce, fir, and white birch dominate the forest stands before the trees give way to low scrub and blueberry bushes. 

Once above tree line, follow the cairns (rock piles) to the summit which is recognized by its large cairn, geological survey marker, and spectacular views.

Other Information

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This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage.

Trail Manager

Visit Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands online for more information or contact:

 Doug Reed, Western Region Lands Manager

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Western Public Lands Office
Doug Reed, Western Region Lands Manager
PO Box 327
Farmington, Maine 04938
Phone: (207) 778-8231
doug.c.reed@maine.gov

Comments

dalyj August 10, 2018, 1:59 pm EDT

Always a great hike! As mentioned in an earlier comment, the new parking area is on the left before you reach the lodge, and is clearly marked. The trailhead from this lot is also clearly marked and parallels the road through long grass and sedges before joining the existing trail. This new route entirely avoids the camp buildings.

swrandall70 September 27, 2017, 11:44 am EDT

Not 2.4 miles. My gps equipped Fitbit calculated from parking lot to the exact summit at 1.49 miles and took me 50 minutes. It is not a technical hike at all. Its just straight up. Felt like climbing a huge flight of stairs. Works cardio and thighs!

like to hike November 17, 2016, 2:27 pm EST

Fantastic hike and views in all directions. My friend and our two dogs agree. Longer hike than my books indicated, but more than worth the effort. The Bible Camp has relocated the start of the trail.

carleyd March 27, 2016, 3:10 pm EDT

Great Hike! Hiked 03/27/16- 4 Wheel Drive needed to get up to the parking area! Trail well marked. Shoe spikes recommended, steep ice areas! Glad they increased the difficulty to moderate/advanced, steep steady incline. Took two dogs along with us who did great! The view from the top was AMAZING!

sapphire50 September 27, 2015, 7:29 am EDT

Using GPS we found the hike to be 2.4 miles or so up as the total for the trip was over 4 miles round trip. Possibly a typo? Great hike though, i would upgrade to a little more than moderate. Awesome views!

Moose the Cat August 17, 2014, 10:05 pm EDT

Elizabeth Jacobson: Though I loved Blueberry Mountain and didn't find the hike too difficult, Rumford White Cap is an easier hike and has more blueberries. LOTS more blueberries. Enjoy!http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/rumford-whitecap-mountain-preserve

ejacobson July 07, 2014, 6:35 am EDT

My friend and I want to hike this with our kiddos. They are 3 and 4 and we will most likely carry them in backpacks. Is this doable? My daughter is obsessed with Blueberries for Sal and wants to hike "Blueberry Mountain".

mainetrailfinder June 23, 2014, 9:21 am EDT

We just bumped up the difficulty on this hike to Moderate and Advanced.

Aligthis1 June 22, 2014, 6:32 pm EDT

Nice hike. Beautiful views. Very steep right of the get go. View at the top is definitely worth it. I would say its more strenuous than moderate however.

Threetimewinner June 08, 2014, 8:43 pm EDT

Great hike. Beautiful trail, and well marked and maintained. As far as being a moderate trail, I would highly disagree, I'd hate to see an advanced trail ;)

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