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Baldpate from the East (Andover) Side

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Grafton Notch State Park

Baldpate from the East (Andover) Side is a 7.8 mile out and back trail located near Newry, Maine that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,798 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

waterfall

Little used trail follows scenic waterfall, spillway The trail starts out with a beautiful 1/2 to 1 mile easy trek next to a series of Waterfalls. There are several picnic tables and excellent swimming holes along the way. After following the brook at a nice even pace for about 2 miles the trail suddenly deteriorates. There is considerable erosion and at times it is hard to tell the trail from crisscrossing dry brooks. Here the vertical gain starts, not too steep but steady. This part of the trail is not heavily hiked nor well maintained. After 3 miles you reach the junction with the Dunn Brook trail. The Dunn brook trail is more heavily used and here the trail is easier to follow. You may also meet other hikers. Only 1 mile to the summit. As you ascend you start to have some boulders to crawl over. There are 3 small ladders (2 metal, 1 wood) tactically placed to assist you. You also start getting peeks of lovely vistas.

bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

First part of the trail is lovely and well worn along the falls. At around mile 2 things get very overgrown, trees down, hard to follow. Yes I read the previous reviews but wow. Then you get up to the white trail because the downloaded map is not accurate and it will tell you you are off your route. It’s steep and a bit rocky, but manageable when dry. Gorgeous 360 views from both peaks. Worst bugs were when I went to take the white trail to connect to the other “trail” on the map that does not actually exist and I had to walk about a mile down the stream back to the path.

1 month ago

Few trees down but a great hike. Windy and a lot of ledge. Beautiful view. Hiked it with my dog, had to lift him up over some ledges. Do not recommend this hike after rain, rocks are slick!

blowdown
flooded
muddy
snow
washed out
2 months ago

Streams were significantly challenging to cross today; post-holeing was exhausting to the point where we discontinued our efforts to summit (every other step we were in to our hips). Beautiful trail, incredible waterfall/river views throughout. Just need to wait maybe 3 weeks and this lovely trail will be a lot more manageable.

hiking
11 months ago

I feel this trail was moderate/hard towards the top. It can be slick and is rocky and steep at points. Watch footing. Spectacular views once you get to the top.

hiking
Sun Jun 25 2017

This trail feels like longer than 7.8 miles, but it's definitely nice! The trail started out flat and after crossing the river a few times, you end up hiking up a mini stream. This blue trail meets up with the Appalachian Trail (labeled white), where it got pretty steep. I got to the parking lot when the rain just had stopped so everything there was very wet and hiking up the steep section was challenging. The top has a 360 view of the area! Also, there are tons of waterfalls on his trail along the river, which make the trail very enjoyable.

Tue Oct 11 2016

Excellent trail! Well maintained and gorgeous scenery. We hiked in October and had no issues with bugs. We did see many moose prints but no moose sightings. Next time!

hiking
Tue Aug 11 2015

Did table rock! Awesome trail and baldpates where amazing!

hiking
9 days ago

road biking
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hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Sat Jun 15 2019