Ascent of Speckled Mountain on 2018-09-15

Climber: Map Man

Date:Saturday, September 15, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Speckled Mountain
    Elevation:2906 ft / 885 m

Ascent Trip Report

Having never hiked in the Caribou-Speckled Wilderness area, we decided to start out with the centerpiece, Speckled Mountain. We got a late start, choosing to stay the night in Conway and hike Mts. Isolation and Davis the next day. We started around noon and ended around 6. It was fairly hot and humid, but the hike was mostly gradual and the views were still crystal clear. We picked the Blueberry Ridge Trail to ascend, and it was a perfect choice. The initial section on the Bickford Brook Trail starts out climbing, but then intersects an old road, and the walk to the junction with Blueberry Ridge Trail is easy. After the descent to the brook crossing, I took the short spur to the "Lower Slides", which would be a really nice waterfall in higher water. The most difficult section comes right after this; it's a very steep rocky climb through the forest up to the first ledges. From there, there are intermittent viewpoints for the entire hike. Make sure to take the "Outlook Loop" at the summit of Blueberry Mountain - this is essential; it is a pleasant walk through subalpine areas past great views across small hills and lakes. The rest of the trail up has extensive ledge areas as well; it's a very exciting ascent route, and it's very easy the whole way. The summit of Speckled definitely has the best views of the trip, stretching from Evans Notch and distant Nash Stream Forest across the Caribou Mountain area to northeastern horizons. While we were up here, we were entertained by a gray jay, who shared some of our trail mix. The Bickford Brook Trail is very gentle but unexciting. It is perfect for a descent route. Near the bottom, we tried out the Bickford Slides Loop, but found it to be very little used and dangerous. It crosses steep sidehills with very little footway and doesn't really provide a good view of any of the waterfalls. The exception is the huge "Middle Slides", which you can easily walk down to. It must be quite impressive in high water. If you want to see this waterfall, it is best to walk up from the bottom of Bickford Slides Loop, not the top.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2816 ft / 857 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2816 ft / 857 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.8 mi / 14.2 km
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2676 ft / 815 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2306 ft / 703 m; Extra: 370 ft / 112m
    Loss on way in:370 ft / 112 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:Bickford Brook Tr/Blueberry Ridge Tr
    Start Trailhead:Brickett Place  600 ft / 182 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2446 ft / 745 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2306 ft / 703 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m
    Gain on way out:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Bickford Brook Tr/Bickford Slides Tr
    End Trailhead:Brickett Place  600 ft / 182 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Speckled Mountain

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Blueberry Mountain2018-09-15 a 
2Speckled Mountain2018-09-15 b2816 ft / 858 m
Total Trip Gain: 2816 ft / 858 m    Total Trip Loss: 2816 ft / 858 m
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