Mount Blue: Implementing Phase I of the Plan

Mark’s plan was to drop our packs along the trail to Lizard pond, bushwhack up Mount Blue, then return to our packs and hike along the shore of the Lizard pond to the lean-to sited on the western shore of the pond. The mile-long trail to Lizard pond begins on the southwest shore of Garnet Lake, where there is a campsite and a trail sign at the foot of the valley between Mount Blue and Gillingham Knoll.

According to Bill Ingersolllong ago, some unknown surveyor recorded the name of this small pond as “Lixard Pond,” probably in error. This simple misspelling shaped the topographic maps of the next century, for the name “Lixard” appeared on the U.S. Geological Society maps for decades to come. The metric USGS maps currently available label it as Lizard Pond, but this restoration of proper spelling has gone largely unnoticed. People still refer to it as Lixard Pond as though it is the actual name – or else they just haven’t updated their maps”.

We left the Lizard Pond trail where the swamps in the pond’s valley first become visible from the trail.

Jay had packed in his trekking poles and graciously loaned them out prior to the climb up Mount Blue. Here Scott and Jim pause with Crane Mountain visible in the distance.

As we climbed up Mount Blue there were several ledges and false summits offering views of Garnet Lake and Lizard Pond.

In 1908 a fire burned the southeastern side of the mountain leaving treeless patches offerring spendid views. Below Jay, Scott and Jim pause on one of the many open area with Garnet Lake in the background.

Taking advantage of these open areas, ledges and false summits one can enjoy 270 degree perspectives of Crane Mountain, Lizard Pond, Bearpen Peak, Baldhead Mountain and Moose mountain. To the west are Georgia Mountain, Harrington Mountain, New Lake Mountain and Wilcox Mountain.

At the peak we enjoyed a quick snack while the wind blew in increasingly dark cloud cover.

It was steep and slippery climbing up, but nothing like the journey downslope when each of us experienced a ‘Jay-nami’. (To be continued)


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