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BLUE JOB - Rochester/Farmington­ (Beginner Hike)

***RESCHEDULED FROM 12/7/13***

Based on the conditions of the November 30th trek up North Uncanoonuk, YOU MUST BRING SPIKES for this one.  YAKTRAX ARE NOT SUFFICIENT.

I'm on a mission to get my darn Achilles into shape for a serious hike in the spring.  I'm posting a series of hikes of increasing difficulty.  Starting with peaks in the 1000 foot range, we'll progress from there...  I've never been to most of these places so please bring a sense of adventure as well as a sense of humor!  Pouring rain will cancel the meetup as will a snow storm, so please check your email for updates before you head out.

It goes without saying that you need to arrive on time, properly attired for the weather conditions, including hiking shoes/boots, no cotton clothing, walking stick (if desired), spikes or snowshoes if necessary, and bring plenty of water and a snack.  These are not long or difficult hikes, but you should be prepared nonetheless!

 

BLUE JOB - Elevation 1357   Roundtrip Distance - 1.2 miles   Roundtrip Hiking Time - 1 Hour

We will take the mountain trail which is a short steep rocky climb.  The hike will go on if there is either no snow or enough snow to cover rocks sufficiently for snowshoes.  I will reschedule if there is a minimal amount of snow/ice.

http://www.summitpost.org/blue-job-mountain/152104

From the above link:

"Blue Job Mountain has arguably the best view in Southern New Hampshire. It is because of the view, which spans from Mt. Washington to the north, Mt. Monadnock to the west and Atlantic Ocean to the east that make Blue Job Mountain a must to summit. Though not an open summit like Cardigan or Monadnock, the short trip up to the top of the fire tower gives amazing views.

There are two routes to the summit and they both start from the same parking area. The fire road goes up the west side of Blue Job Mountain. The road runs through a number of open fields which provide good views of the south and the west. The Blue Job Mountain Trail takes off from the parking area and travels the eastern face of the summit. This side is more forested with the best view on the way up is just below the summit with a semi-open view off to the east.

Is there common for this summit to be crowded due to the ease of the hike. If you want to avoid the crowds hike this mountain in either early spring or late fall."

On Blue Job Mountain Trail / SeacoastNH.com

http://www.seacoastnh.com/Travel/Scenic-Walks/Blue-Job-State-Forest/

From the above website:

" Blue Job marks the foothills of the White Mountains which are visible from the fire tower on the peak. We clocked it the trail at about 35 miles from Portsmouth, but close indeed to Rochester where more and more Seacoasters live these days.

Unlike our typical sea level hikes, the main trail at Blue Job is a steady climb. The ascent is much like walking up stairs, except that, instead of stairs, you are walking on stones covered in potentially slippery needles. Much of trail looks like a riverbed and we can only assume it becomes one during a heavy rain.

The trail making is excellent, with painted guides on the ground and on the trees at eye level. There is one superb natural viewing point at the summit. The short walk from there to the fire tower takes you across town lines from Farmington into Strafford. We’re told that the view takes in the White Mountains, the NH Lakes, the Monadnock area, Mount Washington to the Seacoast."

Directions: From 202A head north on First Crown Point Road (Left if coming from Strafford, Right if coming from Rochester). Take First Crown Point Road 5.3 miles north. The trailhead parking area will be on your right just beyond the height of land. It is marked by a spray painted sign. (Beware! This is NH and there is also Crown Point Road and Second Crown Point Road placed there especially to confuse out-of-towners by the ancient pioneers.)

Blue Job Fire tower / SeacoastNH.com

 

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The policy for this hiking series is to require all attendees to be meetup members.  If you would like friends or family to attend with you, kindly have them join meetup.  Thank you!

 

 

 

Parking lot at Blue Job trail Head/ SeacoastNH.com

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  • Deb S

    Great to see everyone, nice hike.

    1 · December 22, 2013

  • Lynne

    I had an awesome time! it was great to see you all and I look forward to seeing you next wk if the weather holds up! :)

    1 · December 21, 2013

  • Marie S.

    Nice hike with an awesome view from the fire tower!

    December 21, 2013

  • John d P

    Would have made the original date, but not tomorrow.

    December 20, 2013

  • Lynne

    Hi there, Sorry to be changing my RSVP. I am going to a Christmas party in the evening and need time to bake and make sure I'm wide eyed and bushy tailed for it. Have a fun time! :)

    1 · December 3, 2013

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