Mount Blue (Maine)
Mt. Blue, seen from the north side of Webb Lake
|Elevation||3202 NAVD 88|
|Prominence||1,840 ft (560 m) |
|Listing||49 New England Fifty Finest|
|Topo map||USGS Mount Blue|
|Easiest route||Hiking, class 1|
Access to Summit
Hikers can access the summit by a chain-gated entrance road which is located on the intersection of Center Hill Road and Mt Blue Road in Weld. The Trailhead provides vehicle parking and is located at the end of Mt Blue Road, a 4.1-mile (6.6 km) mostly dirt road. Once on foot, hiking distance from Trailhead to summit 1.6 miles (2.6 km). Mount Blue offers a very steep, rocky, and strenuous trail which is well marked leading to the summit. Hikers should realize that climbing this trail is quite steep, rocky and therefore risky; an injury can leave a hiker in serious trouble on this mountain. Experienced, athletic hikers may be able to make this aggressive climb in roughly 1.5–2 hours, while recreational hikers may take 2–3 hours to reach the summit. At the summit there are stunning views to the North, East and South and an observation platform on a cell phone tower.
West of Mount Blue is Webb Lake, a very shallow 2,124-acre (8.60 km2) lake. Webb Lake is publicly accessible and has several fish species, including brook trout. About 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Mount Blue is Mount Blue Pond, a 134-acre (0.54 km2) lake that is accessible by the public and is reported to have good fishing.
Featured in Literature
Mount Blue is believed by Judith Bluestone to possess spiritual qualities. In Judith Bluestone Polich's book "Children of Light", the author relays a story of how, in her early twenties, she experienced a transformative spiritual enlightenment while meditating at Mount Blue's summit. This author felt [weasel words] the mountain's intrinsic power help facilitate this experience.
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- "Mount Blue, Franklin County, Maine". MaineAdventure.net. Retrieved 2013-01-16.
- "Webb Lake". ME Fish Finder. Retrieved 2012-05-06.
- "Mount Blue Pond" (PDF). Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Retrieved 2012-05-06.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mount Blue
- Mount Blue State Park
- Directions to Hiking Trail
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