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.
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.
Visit Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands online for more information or contact:
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); the trailhead and parking is just south of the camp.
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); the trailhead and parking is just south of the camp.
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Berries were ripe and a fun diversion for the last quarter-mile or so. Blowdowns noted by others include several go-unders as well as go-overs - a challenge for us creaky seniors. The pup--the most athletic member of the family--loved them all.
Saw only a few other hikers, a nice change from the busyness of nearby Tumbledown and Mount Blue. FWIW, we got ~2.4 miles TOTAL roundtrip per my GPS watch.
The trail currently has several down trees in the steepest part, which made it a little more difficult.
Also the moose poop was plentiful and unavoidable LOL.