The trail from Brickett Place starts out pretty easy; a little uphill at the beginning, but then mostly level for the first half-mile. Somewhere during this stretch you'll see a sign telling you that you're entering the Caribou-Speckled Wilderness, and you should expect to encounter rough and not-well-marked trails.
Caribou Speckled Wilderness Notice Some of the trails are rough, and not all are well marked, but overall, if you're paying attention, you shouldn't have too much trouble.
At 0.6 miles, you have to make a choice - go straight on Bickford Brook Trail for the 3.5 miles to the summit of Speckled, or turn right on the Blueberry Ridge trail for the 0.9 miles to the summit of Blueberry.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to do both mountains, so I figured it made sense to do the shorter one first. I'm glad I did the loop in that direction - the 0.9 miles to the first summit was easily the steepest and most strenuous part of the hike. I'd rather hike UP over a (more...)
We had an incredible hike! It was October 1, 2005. The sky was perfectly blue and the temps were in the 60s. The group was myself, my brother-in-law George, my friend John, his step-son TJ, my friend Jeff, and my dad. What I enjoyed most about the hike were the views. I've hiked higher peaks and have had far less views than along this trail. Take the time to walk out and around the lookout loop. Keep a close eye for trail markers in this area. Also, it is hard to tell when you reach the peak of Ames Mt. You think it is a false peak, then return into dense forest and realize your at the trail split heading to Speckled Mt. We split up a bit on the descent. We were told by the ranger that the Bickford Slides were a great place to swim. I didn't actually see them myself (I was trailing behind with my dad), but George said they were pretty much a death trap. If he says that, they probably are, because he'll swim in anything. John saw a moose, my dad and I saw a pair of (more...)
Located about 15.5 miles north of Fryeburg, ME on Rt. 113, Speckled Mountain provides incredible views of the White Mountains in both Maine and New Hampshire. There are many locations along the hike that provide great vistas and photographic opportunities.