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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Blueberry Mountain, Oct. 18, 2009

Blueberry Mountain Trail, 3.4 miles roundtrip.

The girls and I won't be able to hike again until November, and by then it may be too cold for Sage's liking. Therefore, I was happy to get out with her today, for what may be her last mountain ascent before next spring.

Blueberry Mountain Trail is, by far, the easiest path we've ever hiked. The first portion is almost rock-free, making the footing incredibly comfortable. In addition, the grade remains easy to moderate all 1.7 miles to the summit.

Sage and I made good time, though we did stop now and then to admire the innumerable fallen leaves and the occasional exposed root system.

Ledges appeared halfway up the trail. Sage especially enjoyed this portion of our hike, since my daughter has a fine appreciation of all things rock.

Soon we encountered a bit of snow. We paused and poked at it for a while.

Up the remaining ledges we went.

The trees now thinned, providing us with excellent views toward Mt. Moosilauke.

Sixty minutes after leaving the car, we were standing on the summit. That's 1.7 miles an hour, an excellent pace for us.

I gave Sage the camera, and she took the following pictures:

After eating the ceremonial summit chocolate, we descended through the masses of beautiful blueberry bushes.

This was a fine hike. Easy trail, gorgeous autumn day, and great company.

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