Bald Pate Mountain Trail is a 3.4 mile loop trail located near Bridgton, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
The 6.7 mile hiking trail network offers a variety of easy to moderately difficult trails. Approximately 300' elevation gain form the parking lot to the 1100' summit. The trails at Bald Pate Mountain offer scenic views, a forest returning from past timber harvests and ice-storm damage, a unique pitch pine habitat with fragile soils at the summit, and a haven for wildlife. The trails are described below. Bob Chase Trail / Scenic Loop (0.8 miles, easy-moderate): This trail is marked with blue trail markers and is a shared cross-country ski trail in the winter. There is a 300 foot elevation gain leading up to several nice lookouts of the surrounding area. Foster Pond Lookout Trail (0.7 miles, easy): This trail is marked with red trail markers and is a shared XC ski trail in winter. As the name suggest the trail leads to the Forest Pond Lookout. South Face Loop Trail (1.5 miles, moderate): Marked with orange, this loop has 370 foot elevation gain and leads to several viewpoints including the summit of Bald Pate Mountain. Moose Trail (1.0 mile, easy): Marked with yellow, this trail circumvents the northern base of Bald Pate Mountain and connects the northern trailhead with the southern slopes of the mountain. A small portion near the trailhead is also a shared XC ski and ATV trail. Pate Trail (0.1 miles, moderate): Marked with green, this trail offers a more direct and steeper path from the Micah Trail up to the peak of Bald than South Face Loop Trail. There is a 360 foot elevation gain. Micah Trail (0.6 miles, easy): Marked with white, this trail offers access to the southern face of Bald Pate from the trailhead and parking on Moose Cove Lodge Road. Town Farm Book Trail (2.0 miles, moderate): The trail is marked by purple trail markers and connects Bald Pate Mountain with the Holt Pond Preserve managed by the Lakes Environmental Association. This trail can additionally be accessed via Town Farm Road from the east. The groomed cross-country ski trails that overlap portions of the property are maintained by Five Fields Farm and require a fee to use the trails.
Decent trail for sure! We did Bob Chase to Foster Pond Lookout, back up to Bob Chase Scenic Loop to the South Face Loop trail, and then up Pate trail to the summit. (We didn't realize the summit was 20 yards away from where we turned right to South Face loop).
South Face was a steep trail down because there was snow on the ground, and we decided just to do half of it by taking Pate up, but it was worth it because there is a beautiful rock ledge half way up the Pate trail! Will probably come back here and try to do the whole South Face trail :)
Not to be confused with bald pate and table rock in grafton notch! This is a very short, easy hike. Slightly disappointing after an hour drive in terms of challenge. But still a beautiful, quiet trail. Well marked. Can go from parking lot to summit in 15 minutes or do a few little loops to make it last longer. Nice for the dog!
I really enjoyed this mountain. The intertwining Trails and slight incline was perfect. The view of the foliage of the summit was awesome.
Excellent family hike with good views.
Good parking. Moderate trail, but can be easy. Well marked, great views at summit.
Nice family hike! Pate trail and the orange loop are much harder though... A nice added distance and challenge for those without young kids. Will definitely do this one again.
What a great little hike. Quite a few steep inclines but very well-rounded and the view from the top was breath-taking!!
Very nice trail with many different paths of different skill level!
Nice trail complex, very well kept. The parking lot is good sized, with a kiosk. The parking lot/trail head is right off rt 107..if heading north its just over the Sebago/Bridgton town line & is actually right at a large wooden "Welcome to Bridgton" sign.
I took the blue trail (Bob Chase) then went straight at a 4 way trail intersection onto the Red trail (Foster Pond) for an easy hike to the Foster Pond Lookout...the red trail dead-ends here. Nice view over Foster Pond below. I retraced 1/2 way on the red trail until I came to where Red turns left to meet up again with Blue. Easy hike on blue with just a couple moderate elevation increases. When blue ends, bang a left onto Orange to the summit. Nice large summit area, with almost 360 views...better views than i thought. Great view over Peabody Pond with Sebago in distance. To this point it is an easy hike, good for beginers & kids. It would also be fairly easy descent to just retrace steps...but....I decided to take the Green "Pate Trail" which is very steep downward trail & rather rocky...just take your time & watch your step, & should be fine. (Using Green as an ascending trail would probably be considered difficult as it would be a very steep incline all the way over the rocks/boulders.., so beginners, kids, seniors should avoid but if youre looking for a real bitch of a workout, give it a try I guess!) You get another good view just after the 2nd "Sheer Cliff" warning sign. When you hit the bottom of Green, I decided to bang a right onto Orange (south face loop trail). The 1st half of Orange is a pretty level hike, shortly after you pass Yellow trail on left (I did not take), Orange begins a good steady ascent to the west of the summit....probably a 300'-400' elevation gain, until you hit the Blue trail again. In this spot there are 2 Blue choices, doesnt matter as they both rejoin the main section of blue trail, but I banged a left since I hadnt gone that way on my way to the summit. From here, pretty easy hike all the way following blue back to the parking lot. All in all a great trail complex that offers you the options of easy up & back to the summit or some more moderate to difficult trails if youd like. Be sure to drop a couple bucks in the donation slot at the kiosk. I would prefer to give it 3.5 stars, but since thats not an option went with 4 because it is very well maintained, well marked & because of the numerous options & good views. Thank You, Loon Echo Land Trust!
Nice hike to the summit, you can go directly to the summit or take the loop for a longer hike. Got to see a few Hawks flying about, also jumped a couple of deer, one came within 40 yards of us before it noticed our presence.
Nice easy hike. Well marked tails. Very pretty summit views.
Beautiful views, and lots of different trails to chose from. Would have stayed a lot longer, but today was really buggy.