Summary: Bickford Brook trail is an old road and is very easy to walk on. It took me 1 hour 55 minutes to reach the summit on this trail. The incline is slow and often the trail is wide. There are no views along this trail. This is a very easy trail.
I came down Blueberry ridge. The views were excellent but the trail was rough. I wish I had climbed up this trail. If you climb up this trail make sure your look back frequently for the view. Also, you can take the short 'Overlook loop' for some additional scenery. It took me 2 hours and 15 minutes to hike down this trail. Look at the elevation summary to get an idea of the trail.
Note: Bickford slides is a beautiful waterfall on the Blueberry ridge trail. It is not on the Bickford Brook trail.
Might be a good winter hike but have not tried it.
Trailhead: From the South:
Follow route 113 north from Fryeburg Maine until you reach the gate. Park 3/10ths of a mile on right at Brickett Place.
From the North
Follow route 113 south from Gilead Maine until you read Brickett Place on the left.
Park at Brickett Place. There is a $3.00 fee and no place to make change. Route 113 is closed in the winter through Evans Notch. (Lat:44.16 Lon:-71)
Trail Guides for Speckled Mountain, Evans Notch:
DeLormes Maine Atlas and Gazetteer
by DeLorme (DeLorme)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: White Mtn National Forest, Evans Notch, George Pozzuto, (207) 824-2134
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Reviewed by ZachF on 7/7/2013
Two friends and I hiked up and down the Bickford Brook trail to the top of Speckled Mountain. The ascent took about 2.5 hours, and the descent took about 1.5 hours. The views from the top was fantastic. The trail was very muddy most of the way up, but that may be due to the high amounts of rain recently. We expected the hike to be easy, but it turned out to be fairly difficult and we did not bring enough food or water. Multiple streams crossing over the trail allowed us to rest and cool off. Overall a very rewarding hike. Keep this one in mind especially if camping at nearby campgrounds.
Reviewed by BillS on 9/12/2009
I started at 113 on the Speckled Mountain trail (3.1 miles to the top). The trailhead was on the east side of 113, across from the parking area shared with the East Royce trail. Aside from the small trail marker I didn't see another sign, so be careful not to drive right past. It's north of the Evans Notch overlook, which is worth pulling over. The weather was cloudy, high 60's, still balmy enough to feel pretty warm going up. The hike was pleasant and at moderate walking pace I got to the Speckled Mountain overlook in an hour and 45 minutes (and drank about 1.5 quarts of water). In spite of clouds the view was beautiful and worth the climb. I took about 1.5 hours coming down.
Reviewed by TNeutron on 9/8/2009
I hiked this on 9/7/2009 with my 12-year old son. We hiked up Blueberry ridge trail, proceeded to the summit of Speckled Mountain, and back down Bickford Brook trail. I would recommend doing it in this order, as the hardest part of the trail was the ascent to Blueberry Mountain - better to get that done early and have an easier descent. Blueberry overlook look was great. It took us 6 hours round trip.
Reviewed by KPMMBm on 11/8/2008
Did this hike on Oct 31, 2008. From Brickett Place on Rte 113, up to summit of Blueberry Mtn and then across ridge to summit of Speckled. Long loop but some good views during all parts of hike. Some side trails to waterfalls as well.
Reviewed by Marlana on 11/17/2005
I've hiked this trail a few times in late Spring and late Summer. The only thing to watch out for in Spring are the black flies (should be the state bird). The mud usually isn't horrible on the trail, some sections get boggy. This and the Basin trail to Overlook are my favorite afternoon hikes in any weather. Basin trail particularly has a long stretch of flat ground getting from parking area, allowing for some nice jogging or sprints if you're looking for a work-out. Plenty of water and a small waterfall, too.
Reviewed by shelly on 9/30/2003
I hiked bald & speckled mountain 9/03 with a friend and found this to be a great hike. Rough & steep at times, but clearly marked. Views are spectacular and worth the trip.
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