That's not me in the above picture. That is my new hiking partner Rosa, 'Total Outdoorswoman'! She was the one who discovered "High Lonesome" and this hiking trail in Lanark County called "Blueberry Mountain." This hike was the most challenging to date. It was a constant 2.1 km incline, with a pretty intense finale to the lookout. Upon arriving, you are greeted with the call of free range (monstrous) chickens, and the trail entrance Welcome Board, where I was momentarily distracted when signing the waiver by the passing of some garter snakes (ew)... *shudder*... ugh... This trail, you could tell from the start; would be amazing.
Meeting a few fellow hikers along the way, we kept searching for the over 200 year old tree, and none of the other people we passed said they had seen such a thing marked along the way ahead. What I loved about this trail is that it was wide and clear, only one area was detoured with a little bridge over a creek along the path. Along the way we saw a wolf den, and the work of beavers in the lake. No sign of any wild blueberries, but black/raspberries were growing abound by one of the lakes. A few cool fungi's kicking around, one magnificent white one growing on a tree. What I noticed among the birch trees, was the care and pride that went into this hiking trail.
Finally at the top of the little road path, there was a bench, and a sign to the left pointing UP to the Summit. It looked steep. Phew... I was already a bit exhausted, with a sore throat and with the hike so far, but we had come this far, to not do the summit seemed a shame. So I tried it. Remembering to breath, grabbing trees to help me along the way, there were two times when I just wanted to stop and head back down to that wonderful bench. After what seemed like forever, but in reality maybe 5-10 minutes, I heard Rosa ahead of me give a cry of wonder. That spurred me on. And then... THAT VIEW! I made it! I'll admit, I was so proud of myself and the sight of the view, I actually shed a couple tears.
We stayed up there for a while. Hydrating, and just taking in the scenery. The way back down seemed easy after that. Revelling in what we accomplished, we still were curious about this ancient tree. Heading back we ran into a couple, who were photographing a toad just off the trail, and they told us (after we asked) that the tree is only accessible with a guided tour. The owner of the property is the one to contact. Planning to write or call when we got back home, we came across a wonderfully delightful man sitting on a lawn chair - this was the owner!!! He gave us his email and phone number - we are so excited to head back! Maybe the fall colours will be showing more.
If you get the chance - head out there! It's a little out of the way, but worth it. Thanks for reading my blog, and please feel free to leave me a comment. Especially if you have hiked this trail as well! I would love to hear about your "Blueberry Mountain" stories!
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Colleen lives in Arnprior and is working to control her Type 2 Diabetes by training and Fundraising for the 2018 SSE Airtricity Wicklow Mountain Hike in Ireland with Team Diabetes.