Spectacular views of Mt. Blue and surrounding mountains ring this lakeside park that boasts a wide variety of activities for park visitors year-round. Located in the mountainous region of western Maine, Mt. Blue State Park offers a visitors an extensive network of trails, a sandy beach, popular camping area, boat launch and picnic area. Picturesque Webb Beach is an ideal location for beach-going enthusiasts. Nearby Center Hill Area is a scenic picnic spot that provides access to nature trails and extensive multiple use trails that are open to hikers, mountain bikers, and ATV and horseback riders. Children enjoy a visit to the park's Nature Center where hands-on exhibits and displays provide entertainment on rainy afternoons. Evening programs for campers take place in the park's amphitheater. Moose and other wildlife live in and around the park. From the common grey and red squirrels to the more elusive black bear and coyote, a host of other animals also frequent Mt. Blue State Park.
The incline to the top was consistent, there are no flat parts to this hike and multiple spots that rock scrambling is necessary. Brought my 5 year old out of shape lab and 5 year old son with boundless energy, both made it. Was Definately challenging for my son, dog didn't have much trouble, although she got worked. The view makes it completely worth it. My recommendation is DefinatEly bring layers, it's very misleading at base and can be very very windy and chilly at top. Will definitely return.
Please be aware the out and back distance is 4 miles. However, please don't let the distance fool you as this is a steep climb with several rocks, but well worth the effort. We did this as a family hike and all were able to complete it. Our 9 year old made it with minimal complaining until the last 1/2 mile. Our one year old dog made it with no issues. I made it with my two year old on my back in his carrier. The views from the top are just simply amazing and well worth the hike!
steady up and steady down can be a workout depending on your pace and if you travel light or carry gear for lunch, camera, etc I had a few gnats and mosquitos past the abandoned fire warden's cabin and a semi-cloudy day but views from the top and observation deck are great. Bring a sweater or fleece if you decide to spend time on the observation deck - wind chill is 10 -15 degree lower and constant.
my thanks to whomever did trail maintenance, esp toward top. quite a few blowdowns and broken tree reminders from this past tough winter but trail was completely clear.
A good trail for a short day hike. I went later afternoon and completed it in 2.5 hrs. It's not 9 miles it's actually 4 total out and back. Not sure if the info for this trail can be updated but it's helpful to know there's a big difference between 9 and 4 and a loop vs. out and back. Otherwise it was a nice hike, definitely steep most the way but a few flat spots. Very rocky the entire trail so be prepared. Really great views at the top as well and worth the climb.
Lets start with why I have this 4 stars - the views at the top were wonderful. There is a tower you can climb to an observation deck that afford s you a 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains.
The hike itself is one long, sometimes steep, climb. It may only be 1.6 miles from the trailhead to the summit but the climb is continuous. The word that comes to mind is relentless. If you are in good shape, no problem, if not hike elsewhere, or plan on a lot of stops on your way up.
Glad I did this one, just wish I had waited a couple of weeks to see the fall foliage.
Description states this trail is used primarily for biking... Must be a different trail. This was a moderate trail, pretty steep at times. Great views from the top. Stopped to pick blueberries on the drive up to trailhead. Thousands of dragonflies put on a good show while we were sitting at the top.
John Y. on Mount Blue
did this on a rainy day back in october. cloudy and foggy at top so i didn't get to enjoy the view. but after that scramble, I'm sure it would have been a spectacular view! radio tower at top doubles as nice lookout (at your own risk)...