Speckled Mountain Loop

MODERATE 44 reviews

Speckled Mountain Loop is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lovell, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.2 miles
2,526 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



Maine Bureau of Parks and Land: (207) 827-5936

26 days ago

Backpacked up with the husband and teen. Explored the Slides first- which were gorgeous!!!Then headed up the very aptly named Blueberry Ridge where we stopped for a lunch break with a beautiful view. Then came the tougher climb over the shoulder of Ames to the top of Speckled Mtn. Found a great tent site and there was a little fresh water in the spring, but after the recent drought it was nearly dry. Hopefully this week’s predicted rain fall will refill it. More beautiful views at the top and had a great night. Came down via Bickford Brook trail. All in all- 7 hours to climb up (including detour to play in the Slides, lunch and berry-picking) - 2.5 hours to hike out!

2 months ago

Very nice hike! Terrific views, even though we had hiked up in cloud cover. Recommend going up clockwise and enjoy the views on the way down. Note... take care coming down Blue berry ridge trail if it is wet out as the rocks are very slippery. Doable. Just much slower when wet. Lots of wild flowers so slow down and take a moment to take a pic or two! Completed June 6, 2018.

3 months ago

It was difficult with the snow cover, but incredibly beautiful!

8 months ago

9 months ago

Went in after a lot of rain and water level in Bicknell brook was high. Missed the trail to Blueberry because we were upstream a bit for an easier crossing. Also were areas where it was difficult to tell if we were on the tea or just if it was where water was running. Until you get on the ridge there are very few trail markers. Ones that were there just said trail. Other than that issue not is a fantastic hike. Views from the top of Speckled are phenominal

9 months ago

Typically spectacular Evans Notch hike. First hiked on September 1, 1991, with parents using Blueberry Ridge Trail from Brickett Place lot to top of Speckled Mountain. Took about 5 hours. Cleared tent space in trees with fire rings. Last hiked on July 8, 2006, and was a lot tougher going up Blueberry Ridge Trail than I remembered (aging is a bitch). Ran out of water earlier and expected springs were dry. Tented at the top. Hike down Bickford Brook Trial was easy with nice river stops.

11 months ago

I went up Bickford Brook trail and barely broke a sweat on it, very gradual. Blueberry Ridge on the way down, killed my knees, but seeing the views from the front was awesome and absolutely beautiful. It rained the night/day before and a lot was still wet and slippery even in the early afternoon. If you want more cardio, go up Blueberry, if you dont want to miss a view, go down it haha.

11 months ago

This mountain kicked my butt!!! It took us 2.5 hours to get to the top, but the views are beautiful. Remember bug spray!!

Monday, May 22, 2017

this absolutely gorgeous - the hike up is fine, speckled mountain is spectacular and blueberry ridge just gorgeous - loads of view points on slab after slab. there's no snow left.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Point to point. Had to spot a car at Brickett Place. Went up Spruce Hill to Speckled Mountain. Went across Blueberry Ridge to meet Bickford Brook trail, then down to Brickett Place.
Beautiful views at Sp Mtn Summit, and all along Blueberry Ridge. Very friendly Canadian Jay.

Ascent on Spr Hill starts steep right out of parking lot. Might wanna do a few jumping jacks after car ride. :)
Descent: Steep, somewhat tough descent down Bl Rdg trail. Initially lots of open ledges. Then gets into long stretch of steep rock steps. No scrambling, but just tough on the knees and slow going. Bi Brk part very easy down from waterfall junction with Bl Rdg.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Climbed via Spruce Hill and Bickford Brook trails, Spruce hill climbs steadily from the start, the the Bickford Brook trail slabs the contours. before slight climbs up a couple of bumps before descending a couple hundred feet and then climbing to the summit of Speckled Mtn. Nice views from the open ledges at the top and had a lot of fun feeding the Grey Jays. Had a nice surprise on the way up when a bear crossed the trail about 20 yards away!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

fun hike..beautiful views on the blueberry maintain trail..only one really challenging section coming down blueberry but otherwise moderate with reasonable uphill climbing

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Parts were a little too rugged for my taste, but still enjoyable. Unfortunately the day I hiked, storms came in so I did not reach the summit, not wanting to risk lightning.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A great hike if you are looking for something that doesn't take all day. With amazing panoramic views!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Took the Speckled Mt trail to the top. Great trail but no views until the summit, once there it is breath taking! As you defend down there will be the BlueBerry Mt trail to the left, take it! The trail is awesome. You hike all along the ridge and keep coming out to phenomenal 360* overlooks. It is just perfect. you will get to a section that is very steep and rocky and drops you right into Bickford slides. There's very little trail markings, you follow the Cairins. Very highly recommend this hike. Took us about 5 hrs and we move at a decent pace but nothing crazy.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Amzing hike. See below for pictures


Friday, August 21, 2015

Awesome hike! We hiked up the Blueberry Ridge trail, took a side trip on the Loop Trail just beyond the cutoff for the Cairn Trail, & hiked down the Bickford Brook trail. The hike took about 5 hours 15 minutes including rests along the way. We hike 8.6 miles total. Will most definitely hike it again! The views are breathtaking!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Great trail. Good amount of uphill at the beginning, but then you walk along the ridgeline for a good deal of the rest of the hike. Waterfall trail had some beautiful spots for a quick dip and a bite to eat, but the trail was really poorly marked, so we got lost and had to go back the way we came. That said, the rest of the trails are well marked with cairns, so it's only the small waterfall trail that had any issues. Snow still present in spots at the top of the mountain (mid-May), and lots of fresh moose dung.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

I helped construct the stairs and bigs here in 95, glad y'all enjoyed it , took us 2 months

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I will elaborate to help others. My boyfriend and I did this trail in full. Started by going up Blueberry Ridge Trail (steep), did the lookout add on at the top, went over to Speckled summit and went down Bickford Brook Trail, did the Waterfall trail too. Will say that the waterfall trail is NOT well marked, but worth the views. We got lost for 10mins since the trail connect back was nowhere to be found. In total it took us 4.5-5hrs total. Has parking and bathrooms. Small parking fee so bring cash.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Great hike! Full trail not for beginners.

Monday, August 27, 2012

I hiked this in 1995 if I remember correctly. Was a nice hike. The pillars at the top are a cool feature.

Friday, March 23, 2012

I hiked Speckled Mt. in early October, beautiful day with temps in the 90's. I started off from the Evergreen Valley Inn and took the link trail to cold brook trail. The first mile was easy going on a tote road, not steep at all. Once on the Cold Brook trail the path climbed for about a mile and then broke out onto big open ledges with great views of Kezar lake and points south. From this point on to the summit the hiking is mostly on open ledge with occasional trips thru the trees. All the open hiking the last mile makes this my preferred route for speckled. Met lots (14) of folks at the summit but only one on the ascent. The Canada jays were happy to eat right out of my hand when I had lunch at the top.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Hiked this with my 4 year old. He hiked it in it's entirety. This is a fantastic hike even if it's not a big mountain. The views are incredible, well maintained trail, diverse forests & wildlife. Highly recommended hike.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Cutler Coast Loop trail is absolutely amazing. The views are spectacular and the trail provides the type of escape and solitude hikers are looking for. This was my first "semi-solo" backpacking trip. I say semi-solo because I did have a 9 month old Puppy with me. I didn't intend for the trip to be solo, but after a month of beging friends and family to take a drive to northern Maine with me, it became clear if I wanted to do this hike I was going to have to do it alone.

Day 1 - The trail begins with a moderate 1.5 mile hike through the woods. Early in the season there is still melting snow that caused a few muddy areas. The first glimpse of the coast looks like a photo from a Maine travel brochure. 100 foot cliffs crashing down into the rough ocean. The next 3+ miles is one breath taking view after another.
The great views come at a price as the ttrail hugs the coast and weaves in and out of many different terrains. You will find yourself walking from rocky beaches, to wide open fields, to stumbling up a rock face (not easy to do with a puppy and 35lbs of gear on your back).

Camping -
The trail has 3 primitive Campsites roughly halfway through the loop. I stayed at the 1st one and didn't get a good look at the other two. There is a small soft area for your tent that overlooks the rocky cliff face down to the open ocean. Luckily for my little tent, there is enough tree cover to limit the pounding ocean wind but still provide a view you look forward to waking up to.

I was to tired to assemble my backpacking stove so Lucy (my puppy) and I sat on the rocks till darkness forced us in the tent. We ate an assortment of dog food (for her!) trail mix and a sandwhich.
I did take the percaution of hanging my food from a tree about 100 feet from the campsite. I haven't read about bear problems or seen any signs of bears, but I thought it was better to be safe then sorry.
The night was cold (below 20). I woke up to tinckle and got a glimpse of one of the more spectacular skies I have ever seen. I was lucky to have such a clear night.

Day 2 - The trail countinues along the coast and passes along the 2 other campsites before breaking into the woods. All three campsites are private, well spaced and seem to have equally spectacular views.
The hike from there is virtually all forest although there are several look out points to remind you about what your leaving behind. It cuts accorss several brooks and wood bridges guide you over marshes. It was fairly easy to lose the trail, as down trees and snow covered trail markers. The trail also wasn't well traveled this early in the season. I did see several Moose / deer prints, but I didn't encounter any big wildlife. Whenever i stopped there was an eery silience that reminded me how alone I was. It only took me 2 hours to hike the 4.5 miles on day two.

Although taking on a challenge like this alone was everything I could have asked for, after a night in the woods, I was ready to go home to my wife!

There is also a trail for day hikers that cuts through the middle of the loop. I would guess the smaller loop is only about 5 or 6 miles and can be easily accomplished in one day. You can likely do the larger loop in one day (it's just under 10 miles) if your not interested in taking advantage of the campsites.

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