Karen B. on Bald Mountain Loop Hike
Beautiful hike with the dog. Not crowded either.
I don't know how this is classified as hard, compared to what? Mt Moosilauke is hard; this trail is moderate at its most challenging sections. Great for a few hours in the afternoon with the family. I took my seven year old up this morning (11/29) and it was frosty toward the top. The wind was a bit much, so we didn't finish the whole loop. Definitely a trail I will frequent as I live in Rutland, but best done in late spring or early fall.
Very nice little hike in the fall. (About 2 hours for two relatively in shape 30-something's hiking at a gentle pace with stops for lunch and photos). We went Oct 3rd, and had some nice foliage. It's a well-maintained trail and while there is no real peak (bald mountain is a total misnomer) there are 5 or 6 really nice little lookouts with lovely views. Definitely recommended. Also, the trail head is easy to find with good parking. Note that the trail starts at the kiosk/map.
Pretty easy hiking. When the trail forks, the right path leads directly to he peak, is a fairly easy (and often not pretty) .8 mile. The left fork is MUCH more interesting and scenic, but the arrows at the summit can be confusing when you come up this way. There are two arrows pointing away from the trail I first mentioned. If you hadn't come up that way, it's easy to miss it.
Despite the name "Bald Mountain", this is anything but. There are a few vistas, but they're fairly obscured by foliage. There's nothing special about the summit either.
The best part of this hike was the solitude - I didn't see anyone else there today (9/2/12 - Sunday before Labor Day).
One more thing - when you're on Notch rd, be aware that the pavement ends, and you'll see "Dead End" and "Bridge Out" signs. At the fork, when you have to choose between them, stay right toward the Dead End. You'll see the trailhead on the right.