A Gorgeous Saturday on Blueberry Mountain

On Saturday, I took advantage of the spectacular weather to bag another mountain.

Blueberry Mountain is one of six mountain summits in the Benton Range of New Hampshire, only two of which have hiking trails to their summits.

The Blueberry Mountain Hiking Trail is a point-to-point hike, which means that, if you want to hike its entire length, you need two cars, one on each end of the trail. I decided to hike up to eastern flank and back down the same way.

That eastern trailhead is accessed by turning onto Sanatorium Road in Glencliff—there was no street sign when I was there, but it’s the only possible road you can take—from NH 25. After about a mile (1.6 kilometers), turn left onto North and South Road—no sign again, but it’s an unpaved road and there’s a hiking trail sign.

Mountain View, Blueberry Mountain Hiking Trail

The Blueberry Mountain Hiking Trail, New Hampshire

The trailhead lies on the left of the road. First, it follows a rough logging road, before entering a dense coniferous forest. This was when the trail got interesting.

Mount Moosilauke seen from Blueberry Mountain Blueberry Mountain Hiking Trail

As the trail entered the evergreen wood, it started to ascend. I hiked up and up, on the relatively moderate trail and eventually reached the first ledge, which offered some excellent views to the south and east. Although the views weren’t panoramic, I didn’t have any complaints whatsoever.

Blueberry Mountain Summit

After 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers), the Blueberry Mountain Hiking Trail then reached the summit. There was no clear summit sign, nor were there are trail signs anymore. Though the Blueberry Mountain Trail did continue down the other side, it wasn’t officially maintained and was rather hard to find and follow. I simply turned back the same way.

Blueberry Mountain Hiking Trail

The way down offered pretty scenic views as well, views that I had failed to notice on the way up.

The eastern Blueberry Mountain Hiking Trail roundtrip is 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) long. Hiking it is a wonderful Saturday afternoon activity. It took me about three hour to complete the trip, including a few (long) breaks.

About Bram

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Bram is a Belgian guy who's currently living in the USA. For over four years now, he has been wandering the globe, with jobs here and there in between. So far, his travels have taken him to four continents and twenty-two countries. Bram likes to try different styles of travelling: from backpacker and adventurer to tourist and local, he has been all those stereotypes and probably will be many more in the future. You can follow his adventures on his travel blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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