We are awash in blueberry bushes.
Blueberry Mountain lives up to its name; thousands of bushes in every direction, as far as the eye can see. We walk though slight paths along the ledges, carved between and around blueberry patches. To our east, Moosilauke rises up, a monstrous shadow against our pretty little mountain.
Being here is a comforting respite after a disappointing start when Aaron, Janelle’s brother, became sick at the trailhead and Meena had to take him home. Today was to have been the first time we would have hiked with my wife and Janelle’s brother. But here we were on our own; sad at the change of plans, but happy to once again be together, walking above the trees. And this time we had blueberries!
Or so it seemed.
Blueberry Mountain (8/19/12)
Height: 2,662 feet
Location: Glencliff, N.H., I-93 to exit 26 to Route 25 north to High Street north to North-South Road which becomes Long Pond Road. (Warning: Long Pond Road is rough in spots and may be impassable during winter.)
Our trailhead: Blueberry Mountain Trail, up and back. (Trailhead warning: At the time of this writing, there is massive logging going on at the dirt road where the parking area to the trail is located. There are no signs of any sort to indicate this is the road that leads to Blueberry Mountain Trail. You can only find the trailhead by triangulating your location based on other nearby, signed, trailheads.)
Distance: 3.4 miles round trip