There’s another short side trail on the left leading to a bridge over Rattlesnake Gorge, the outflow of the pool. This was my most favorite hike as a kid. Posted in Trail Run / Tagged Adventure, Blueberry Mountain, Evans Notch, Hike, Maine, Outdoors, Rattlesnake Pool, Shell Pond, Trail Run, White Mountains National Forest / 2 Comments Search Maine Wanderlust Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain (western side). Great day for an easy hike. Purple trails, East Royce. Kids Outdoors. At 1.4 miles you will hit the Blueberry Ridge Trail--leave plenty of time to pick blueberries when they are in season from June through August. Good lake swimming is available at The Basin, a day-use recreation area on the National Forest, about a mile north of Shell Pond Rd. "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. Getting down to the waterfall is very steep and the horse flies are everywhere. May 30, 2018 - Looking for great outdoor trips with kids? moderate (on a hot day) to easy, short hike with a well worth it watering hole at the end! Two small section of the trail was muddy, but passable if you cut through the bushes. From North Chatham, NH, take route 113 N/Main Rd. Camping is available at Cold River Campground near The Basin, and the AMC runs a delightful family hiking camp in the area called Cold River Camp. A steep rocky approach leads to a 10 foot deep, turquoise blue, crystal clear pool. 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. July 1, 2015. The water flowing into the pool is clear and cold. Pretty easy trail with a lot of other options for harder trails along the way. Jul 30, 2016 - Looking for great outdoor trips with kids? Jun 14, 2015 - Rattlesnake Pool. We sometimes bring bikes along on this trip so we can bike that 0.3 miles--you’ll have to do it at the end as well, so it’ll shave some distance off if you have room for the bikes. The best way to enjoy it is by taking a hike to the summit of Blueberry Mountain before ending with a refreshing, celebratory dip in the emerald green waters. If you start from Shell Pond/Stone House Road you can do a loop around Blueberry Mountain that’s roughly 3.5 miles. Got back to our car at noon & met at least 50 people on way out. Great short hike to do with kids with an interesting flume and swimming hole. Camping is available at Cold River Campground near The Basin, and the AMC runs a delightful family hiking camp in the area called. Featured Trip: Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool. trails were not marked. Pool is cold but beautiful!! Make sure to take the right where the trails fork unmarked otw to rattlesnake, if you see yellow markers you’ve gone the wrong way (down Stone house trai.) The loop part of the trail was definitely worth the steep hike up! Great summit views. White Cairn Trail to Blueberry Ridge Trail: This 3.9 mile loop trail has a little bit of everything—from a start in the woods, to a short but steep climb, to ridgetop views, picnic spots, and blueberry … (formerly Shell Pond Road); this will be 0.7 miles north of AMC Cold River Camp. So nice, but it must have been packed before we got there. Park at the end where you see a gate. North Conway, NH and Fryeburg, ME have full dining options for any taste. Seriously clear water! Trail was muddy and buggy, went around 2pm and there were a good amount of people there (10 or so). Well-marked trail with beautiful, small water fall into an emerald green pool. Purple trails, East Royce. 5 Cool Places to Visit in Maine Rattlesnake Pool, Blueberry Mountain Located in Evans Notch Maine, approximately 2 hours from Saco. We got there around 9 am and by 12 there were quite a few people there with kids. The waterfall and gorge are beautiful. Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain (western side). Good lake swimming is available at The Basin, a day-use recreation area on the National Forest, about a mile north of Shell Pond Rd. Water was very cold, but refreshing after the hike up on a very hot day. 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. The pup and I much recommend this one! The second was a deep emerald pool … Back on the western side of Stone House property I started my climb up Stone House Trail. Blueberries are at the end of their season. Learn about hiking Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool, in Evans Notch, on the Maine–New Hampshire border. Local Natural Wonders - Day 37 - Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool in Stow, Maine. Turn left and proceed up the White Cairn Trail, which will go through a small clearing, then climbs steeply up the ridge, over massive rock staircases and ledges with views to the south. Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain (western side). Definitely recommend getting there early to mid morning to avoid crowds. 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. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Hiked up to the pool today, very very busy again. Continue on the Stone House Trail until you reach the estate road. This starts out feeling like you were on Little House on the Prairie and then ends up at a beautiful waterhole. The summit was not a major view point, but we did skip the overlook loop off Blueberry Ridge Trail due to the storm looking a little intimidating. Ideas and advice on getting your family outside is on its way to your inbox. Purple trails, East Royce. Was a perfect way to spend a summer day! a few couples were smoking MJ. It’s also really cold. Just watch out for that if you don't like crowds! Yes, I want to receive expert advice on getting my family outside! Blueberry Mountain in the Evans Notch area is a moderate hike that features fine views to the South. The views were beautiful and there were all the wild blueberries you could want! A half-mile or so beyond the bridge, you will find your destination! From the small parking area at the gate on Shell Pond Rd, proceed on the dirt road for 0.3 miles to the marked trailhead on the left for the White Cairn Trail. The Blueberry Mountain--Rattlesnake Pool Loop is perhaps the most idyllic short day hike in the area, and ranks as one of our favorite day trips in all of New England. GPS coords for the pool: 44.2559, -70.9755 | Get directions White Cairn and Stone House trails on Blueberry Mountain Trailhead Information. It can be hiked by itself - via either the Blueberry Ridge Trail (from Brickett Place), or the Stone House - White Cairn Loop. Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool Evans Notch, White Mountains The emerald-colored water of Rattlesnake Pool is mesmerizing. 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. White Cairn Trail to Blueberry Ridge Trail: This 3.9 mile loop trail has a little bit of everything—from a start in the woods, to a short but steep climb, to ridgetop views, picnic spots, and blueberry … I recommend wearing trainers or hiking books with good ankle support. July 1, 2015. and take a right onto Stonehouse road. This modest-sized pool … This was a great hike. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 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. Chatham - New Hampshire. From mountain tops to ocean skerries, these low bush berries are always a treat to snack on! QUICK TRAIL FACTSPreserve Size: 800,000 acres in White Mountain National Forest (ME and NH)Trail Mileage: 3.6-mile loop (with spurs)Pets: yesDifficulty: moderateSights: views, Rattlesnake Pool, open summit (1,781 ft.) Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. Short detour if you’re a bit scatterbrained like me. This becomes Shell Pond Road. Easy hike, types rattlesnake pool into gps & bright me straight to trail head. and take a right onto Stonehouse road. The hike wasn't bad either. Anyhow, back to Rattlesnake pool. You’ll want to start your journey in the town of Gilead. Rattlesnake Pool While this location is in Maine, you have to go through New Hampshire to get there. water was freezing, but so refreshing. On a hot day, this place is heaven. The trail wasn't marked, however due to another comment left below we were able to find it! Visualize a lagoon-like pool with a romantic spirit and you will picture something similar to Rattlesnake Pool. Lots of cars but not too many people for us. Follow the sign a short distance to the pool, retracing your steps to exit. The mountain offers a moderate challenge and a wonderful, slightly off-the-beaten-path swimming spot that is a fun way to cool off on a hot day. Blueberry Mountain is one of my family’s favorite places to hike. 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. Once on the trail, markers will guide you to a small footbridge where you can view a portion of the gorge. The Stow Corner Store, about 5 miles south of Shell Pond Rd on NH 113 (actually just over the border in ME), is a quintessential country store with hand-scooped ice cream, homemade soups and sandwiches, fresh-baked pizza and famous baked goods. Blueberry Mountain, ... Blueberry Mountain - panorama - Duration: 0:30. Rattlesnake Pool. Rattlesnake Pool is a 3.4 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fryeburg, Maine that features a river and is good for all skill levels. If you start from Shell Pond/Stone House Road you can do a loop around Blueberry Mountain that’s roughly 3.5 miles. The 3.9 mile loop has a little bit of everything--giving it the variety and excitement needed to keep young children engaged in the trip! Who is Going to Love It. Rattlesnake Pool Follow the sign a short distance to the pool, retracing your steps to exit. As the name implies, there are wild blueberry bushes on the top of the mountain. Near the top of the ridge there are some ledges that make for great picnic spots. The pool is a bowl cut in granite over millenia of water churning stones and pebbles. Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. there were lots of people. Great swimming hole just wish it was less busy at the time. Blueberry Mountain. Fans of wild Maine blueberries or people who are searching for great swimming holes will love the hike up Blueberry Mountain and the quick side trail over to Rattlesnake Pool. There’s another short side trail on the left leading to a bridge over Rattlesnake Gorge, the outflow of the pool. You will want to do this loop hike in a counter-clockwise direction (Shell Pond Rd to White Cairn Trail to Blueberry Ridge Trail to Stone House Trail to Shell Pond Rd). Continue on down the Stone House Trail to Shell Pond Rd, and turn right for 0.5 miles to complete the loop back to the parking area at the gate. The road divides in two; go right. Featured Trip: Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool. QUICK TRAIL FACTSPreserve Size: 800,000 acres in White Mountain National Forest (ME and NH)Trail Mileage: 3.6-mile loop (with spurs)Pets: yesDifficulty: moderateSights: views, Rattlesnake Pool, open summit (1,781 ft.) Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. 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. You'll want to access Stone House Trail via Shell Pond Road near the town of Gilead. Went after a rain shower, so it was a little muddy. This rocky trail lead up the side of Blueberry Mountain with a couple of side trails that visited Rattlesnake Gorge and Rattlesnake Pool. The shorter distance and great views make this a great family hike as well. otherwise it was wonderful! ... Winter farming in Maine - Duration: 3:13. From route 2 in Gilead, Maine, turn left onto route 113 (Evan’s Notch). Rattlesnake pool at the base of Blueberry Mountain is a highlight and close to parking (less than 1/2 mile or so). I would do this hike again. This easy hike leads you to a small swimming pool. From Fryeburg, Maine, take Route 113 North for 19.4 miles to Stone House Rd. Learn about hiking Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool, in Evans Notch, on the Maine–New Hampshire border. Learn about hiking Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool, in Evans Notch, on the Maine–New Hampshire border. Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain (western side). We had a great time hiking out to this little pool! 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. Continue on down the Stone House Trail and another short spur trail on the left leads you to Rattlesnake Flume, a small but interesting gorge just downstream from the swimming hole. Rattlesnake Pool also acts as a good spot to refill water if necessary. The swimming hole got really crowded with people walking between us with no masks, so that weirded out my kids. The second part is in the woods and has many roots and rocks. Well marked with rock piles at the top, but not well marked coming down from the gorge into the field. We seemed to be following the trail, but the map said we ventured off a bit. The road divides in two; go right. From a start in the woods, to a short but steep climb, to ridgetop views, picnic spots, and blueberry picking--this hike has it all. If you like your outdoor endeavors with a bit of a payoff, make your way to Blueberry Mountain in Evans Notch for an easy hike that ends with a dip in Rattlesnake Pool. M ost Maine summer days are pleasant perfection, all bright blue skies with cool coastal breezes. … The water is clear/emerald and cold. Rocks line the edge of the pool and there are good jumping options for all abilities. And, if you want to experience the pool, but would prefer to work up a sweat first, we’ve included an option that takes you up the summit before descending for that dip! Once we had a quick snack at the top, we took the Stone House Trail down, making two scenic (and well worth it!) The pool is crystal clear and surrounded by lush green vegetation. (Portland Phoenix/Shannon Bryan) advertisement. While this location is in Maine, you have to go through New Hampshire to get there. muddy trails. May 31, 2018 - Looking for great outdoor trips with kids? stops at Rattlesnake Pool, and the Gorge; both were impressive. Rattlesnake Pool, Stone House Trail, Evans Notch, 20 miles north of Fryeburg. East and West Royce Mountain via Royce Trail, Evans Notch - Blueberry Mountain Loop Trail, Bickford Brook Trail to Speckled Mountain, Shell Pond Loop from Evergreen Valley Road [PRIVATE PROPERTY]. 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