Ascent of Blueberry Mountain on 2013-05-18
|Others in Party:||Michael Kirby|
|Date:||Saturday, May 18, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||2920 ft / 890 m|
Ascent Trip ReportMy husband and I opted for this hike instead of Big Slide; we were still recovering from Porter Mt two days before. It turned out to be a good choice. We left earlier and left behind a substantial amount of extraneous stuff we had been carrying "just in case". We took along only the bare essentials and our feet thanked us for it! The trail began at Marcy Field and was steep pretty much the whole way up. The trail varied from wet forest with mosquitoes to drier middle section with peat moss-like dirt that gave way sometimes to granite "walkways" cleared as if to make a nice sidewalk for us (albeit a steep one). There are several nice vistas along the way and spectacular views. We met a few small parties on the trail: one couple and another with a dog. Macey came along with us again and she did just fine too.
Just before the summit, the trail gets into a really pretty alpine forest. The smell of evergreen and spruce is sometimes really strong and reminiscent of daydreams you might have of the Alps. The scenery is beautiful too. The trees looked so green and healthy and the moss undercover was just like a neat green carpet of dense pile. Many beautiful paper birch trees set off the green too.
The summit is unmistakable with a large boulder right at the middle of the bald summit. It is striking to see it and wonder just how it got right there. We had lunch up there (the first time we've been able to eat at a summit without it being too cold or windy) and we thoroughly enjoyed the sun and warmth reflecting off the rock top. There is a 360 degree view from up there and the clouds seem easy to reach overhead. The west facing side has birch tree spikes out of the forest which has a neat look among the evergreens and granite rock. The new green leaves opening throughout the valley cast a feeling of spring finally arriving. It was a great day!
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