Offering scenic views of the Weld region, the Mount Blue Trail leaves from the northern end of the parking area. About a mile from the trailhead a former fire warden’s cabin provides a place for rest and shelter. The remains of an old fire tower are also at the summit. At the top of Mount Blue, the summit provides many great views of the picturesque Weld area. At 3,187 feet, Mount Blue is not the tallest mountain in the Weld area, but it is probably the best known peak in the region. Visible for many miles to the south, it is surrounded and protected by Mount Blue State Park and is nearly as tall as Little and Big Jackson Mountains to the north and a shade taller than Mount Tumbledown to the west. This is a popular hike in any season.
Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Mount Blue State Park
From South: At the intersection of ME Route 156 with Maine Route 142 in Weld, proceed easterly onto Center Hill Road. Center Hill Road takes a slight left about 0.5 miles from the main roads; follow the signs for the Center Hill Trails and for parking. Continue past the park headquarters and Center Hill Picnic Area for another 3.0 miles on Center Hill Road until you reach another fork in the road. A sign indicates Mount Blue Trail and parking by bearing right onto Mt Blue Road. Follow this road for about 2.5 miles—bearing right at the logging road roughly 1.8 miles from the main fork—to the end where the trailhead and parking are located.
From North: From the intersection of ME Routes 4 and 142 in Philips, follow ME Route 142 south. After about 7.0 miles, ME Route 142 makes a sharp turn to the right; at this point, make a left onto Center Hill Road. After 0.5 miles, Center Hill Road splits; follow the road that forks right. Continue to follow Center Hill Road for another 2.5 miles, and turn a sharp left onto Mt Blue Road. Follow this road for about 2.5 miles—bearing right at the logging road roughly 1.8 miles from the main fork—to the end where the trailhead and parking are located.
In the winter Mt Blue Road is closed at the fork with Center Hill Road, therefore it is necessary to park there at the gate and to hike the extra 2.5 miles along the road to the parking area and trailhead before hiking this trail.
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