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. Once we had a quick snack at the top, we took the Stone House Trail down, making two scenic (and well worth it!) The turquoise waters of Rattlesnake Pool. Rocks line the edge of the pool and there are good jumping options for all abilities. Multiple good hikes, none of which is too brutal. Jun 14, 2015 - Rattlesnake Pool. 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. Rattlesnake Pool While this location is in Maine, you have to go through New Hampshire to get there. It’s also really cold. To get there, taking Route 113 and when you’re in town, head towards Stone House Road which becomes Shell Pond Road. Located at Blueberry Mountain in Evans Notch, Rattlesnake Pool is a scenic swimming hole that can be reached by a short, enjoyable hike. The Androscoggin river for example) it’s just not always clear and colorful. The first half of the trail is easy dirt trail which passes a field of wildflowers and views of the mountains (this stretch is in the sun). Home » Blog » Maine Life » Western Mountains » Blueberry Mountain & Rattlesnake Pool in Western Maine Blueberry Mountain is located in Evan’s Notch, part of White Mountains National Forest in Western Maine, close to the New Hampshire border. The pup and I much recommend this one! Blueberry Mountain. It was a really fun hike." Anyhow, back to Rattlesnake pool. a few smoking cigarettes around lots of children. Some may need bug spray as well, we didn’t but there are a few bugs. The hike wasn't bad either. Back on the western side of Stone House property I started my climb up Stone House Trail. Great summit views. Bring bug spray! Getting down to the waterfall is very steep and the horse flies are everywhere. Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain (western side). Park at the end where you see a gate. There’s another short side trail on the left leading to a bridge over Rattlesnake Gorge, the outflow of the pool. and take a right onto Stonehouse road. 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. Who is Going to Love It. Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool Evans Notch, White Mountains The emerald-colored water of Rattlesnake Pool is mesmerizing. Rattlesnake pool at the base of Blueberry Mountain is a highlight and close to parking (less than 1/2 mile or so). Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain (western side). This modest-sized pool … Blueberry Mountain, trail etiquette, and hiking with young children Posted on September 14, 2016 September 14, 2016 by Ashley Case [Insert a few pictures – try to find a picture of Rattlesnake pool and ask permission to use or go back and take another] stops at Rattlesnake Pool, and the Gorge; both were impressive. Go early & bring swim gear. The pool is a bowl cut in granite over millenia of water churning stones and pebbles. From route 2 in Gilead, Maine, turn left onto route 113 (Evan’s Notch). From high peaks above treeline, to backcountry swimming holes, to multiple secluded campgrounds and even an AMC family camp, this area is ripe for exploration and adventure. These sweet shrubs grow beautifully over granite slabs throughout the state, like a wool blanket on a winter’s night. Once on the trail, markers will guide you to a small footbridge where you can view a portion of the gorge. Yellow trails, Shell Pond loop. Trailhead Information. Learn about hiking Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool, in Evans Notch, on the Maine–New Hampshire border. Multiple other hikes like The Basin (a little more challenging) and Lord Hill (shorter, more easily accessible). This was a nice hike to the pool. Great swimming hole just wish it was less busy at the time. This will put the swimming hole near the end of your trip when you are hot and sweaty and need a good break. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Follow it down for a mile, where you will find the spur trail on your left that brings you a couple hundred yards to Rattlesnake Pool, a classic “Shangri La” New England swimming hole. Tons of people headed out while we headed in at about 3:30 on a Sunday afternoon. Great area just north of Fryeburg, Maine. Make a left onto the Stone House Trail. 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. Only regret; wish we would have hiked it on a hot summer day.. Great area just north of Fryeburg, Maine. a few couples were smoking MJ. Might try this again when we are in better shape. 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. The views were amazing. May 30, 2018 - Looking for great outdoor trips with kids? The gorge is also quite spectacular! To get to Hurricane Mountain Road, follow 113 south from the Stow Store, then turn right on South Chatham Rd, then left onto Green Hill Rd, then right onto Hurricane Mountain Rd. From North Chatham, NH, take route 113 N/Main Rd. (Portland Phoenix/Shannon Bryan) advertisement. Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. If you start from Shell Pond/Stone House Road you can do a loop around Blueberry Mountain that’s roughly 3.5 miles. Water was very cold, but refreshing after the hike up on a very hot day. Hiked up to the pool today, very very busy again. Kids Outdoors. Beautiful. Got back to our car at noon & met at least 50 people on way out. Yellow trails, Shell Pond loop. Ideas and advice on getting your family outside is on its way to your inbox. Camping is available at Cold River Campground near The Basin, and the AMC runs a delightful family hiking camp in the area called. This was my most favorite hike as a kid. — Hufflepuff • Aug 20, 2020 Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. We got there around 9 am and by 12 there were quite a few people there with kids. Lots of people from out of state who were not social distancing and not quarantining for the proper length of time according to conversations (someone even mentioned they drove up from Boston that very morning...). 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! Multiple good hikes, none of which is too brutal. 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. 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]. Pinks trails, Speckled Mountain (western side). While this location is in Maine, you have to go through New Hampshire to get there. we saw many different age children up there. Pretty easy trail with a lot of other options for harder trails along the way. I would do this hike again. 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 Rattlesnake pool was “gorge”ous. (Portland Phoenix/Shannon Bryan) advertisement. Blueberry Mountain is one of my family’s favorite places to hike. Featured Trip: Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool. 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. Short detour if you’re a bit scatterbrained like me. trails were not marked. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. there were lots of people. Local Natural Wonders - Day 37 - Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool in Stow, Maine. 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. The pool is crystal clear and surrounded by lush green vegetation. 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. This was a great hike. This starts out feeling like you were on Little House on the Prairie and then ends up at a beautiful waterhole. A steep rocky approach leads to a 10 foot deep, turquoise blue, crystal clear pool. May 31, 2018 - Looking for great outdoor trips with kids? Kids Outdoors. I recommend wearing trainers or hiking books with good ankle support. Learn about hiking Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool, in Evans Notch, on the Maine–New Hampshire border. The loop part of the trail was definitely worth the steep hike up! Note: The bridge was closed on our drive, so we had to take a detour. Went after a rain shower, so it was a little muddy. Maine is truly blessed to have such a treasure. otherwise it was wonderful! To get to Rattlesnake Pool, visit Blueberry Mountain in Evans Notch. The views were beautiful and there were all the wild blueberries you could want! Rattlesnake Pool and Blueberry Mountain near Stow are a quintessential hike-and-swim Maine adventure. The going will be slow with small kids, but they can have fun climbing the big rock staircases, which with a little positive spin can be presented as a giant jungle gym! We seemed to be following the trail, but the map said we ventured off a bit. Map legend: Blue trails, Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool loop. 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. The road divides in two; go right. The high rating given to this waterfall is not solely attributable to the cascading waters of Rattlesnake Brook, but rather skewed by the dazzlingly attractive swimming hole created inside a giant pothole, commonly known as Rattlesnake Pool. Well-marked trail with beautiful, small water fall into an emerald green pool. 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 … The ride to the trailhead is all the more fun when we stop to pick up trail snacks at Jockey Cap Country Store in Fryeburg. 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. Well marked with rock piles at the top, but not well marked coming down from the gorge into the field. You'll want to access Stone House Trail via Shell Pond Road near the town of Gilead. 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. 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. Follow the sign a short distance to the pool, retracing your steps to exit. moderate (on a hot day) to easy, short hike with a well worth it watering hole at the end! The shorter distance and great views make this a great family hike as well. Rattlesnake pool has the clearest crystal blue water in Maine, but it is very cold. Rattlesnake Pool on White Cairn Trail. 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. Rattlesnake Pool also acts as a good spot to refill water if necessary. M ost Maine summer days are pleasant perfection, all bright blue skies with cool coastal breezes. The waterfall and gorge are beautiful. Learn about hiking Blueberry Mountain and Rattlesnake Pool, in Evans Notch, on the Maine–New Hampshire border. Rattlesnake Pool is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fryeburg, Maine that features a river and is good for all skill levels. We went up White Cairn trail to take the steepest way up and gradual way down and were not disappointed. This becomes Shell Pond Road. It can also be looped with neighboring Speckled Mountain via the Bickford Brook… Blueberries are at the end of their season. very disrespectful. Yellow trails, Shell Pond loop. Once we had a quick snack at the top, we took the Stone House Trail down, making two scenic (and well worth it!) Seriously clear water! 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. This easy hike leads you to a small swimming pool. 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. Yes, I want to receive expert advice on getting my family outside! 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. This was my most favorite hike as a kid. 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). 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. We had a great time hiking out to this little pool! As the name implies, there are wild blueberry bushes on the top of the mountain. 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! There’s another short side trail on the left leading to a bridge over Rattlesnake Gorge, the outflow of the pool. The water flowing into the pool is clear and cold. The harvest of wild blueberries is a favorite pastime for kids of all ages in Maine. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Blueberry Mountain, ... 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