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Baldpate from the East (Andover) Side via Cataracts Trail and Frye Brook Trail

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Grafton Notch State Park

Baldpate from the East (Andover) Side via Cataracts Trail and Frye Brook Trail is a 7.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Newry, Maine that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, snowshoeing, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.6 mi Elevation gain 2,949 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Backpacking Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Forest River Views Waterfall Wildlife Blowdown Bugs Muddy Over grown Washed out
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The trail starts out with an easy .4 mile trek next to a series of waterfalls. There is a picnic table, outhouse, and excellent swimming holes along the way. After following the brook with more waterfalls and nice trail conditions, a bog with stepping stones is reached at 1.9 miles and the blue blazed trail gets rougher and steeper at 2.2 miles. This part of the trail is not heavily hiked and is maintained like the AT in Maine (which it was until the early 1970s). The junction with the white blazed AT is reached at 2.9 miles. Obviously, the AT is more heavily used and here the trail is easier to follow. You may also meet AT thru hikers. Only a very steep .4 more miles over ledge to the summit of Little Bald Pate with impressive west views over Andover, Ellis Pond, and Mt Blue on a clear day. A small drop then a moderate climb brings you to the top of East Bald Pate at 3.75 miles with amazing 360 views. Old Speck is immediately west and the Presidentials are visible to the southwest on a good day.

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There are two ways to reach the trailhead 1. From Newry Maine, follow route 26 west thru Grafton Notch. Take a right onto B Hill road as you come up out of the notch. Follow B Hill road down past Dunn Brook. You will cross a small bridge and you will see a small trail on the right. It is poorly marked. There is a small parking area on the left. 2. From Andover Maine, take the East B Hill road about 5 miles. The trailhead may be marked 'The Cataracts' which is beautiful series of waterfalls the trail goes past.

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Dan L
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HikingRockyScramble

Nice trail. Easy next to the brook with waterfalls for the first part then steeper and rocky for the last 1/2 mile to the AT. There were several large trees down but they had been trimmed so they were easy step overs or duck unders. Once you get to the AT, the last 3/4 mile is very tough climbing 1000 feet to Little Bald Pate over ledge but the views are amazing.

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Eliot Jordan
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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.

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Amber Marie
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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!

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Danny Kochanowski
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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.

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Tanya Pelland
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Hiking

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.

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Sarah Nguyen
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Hiking

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.

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Andrea Hayes
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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!

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Danielle Normand
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Hiking

Did table rock! Awesome trail and baldpates where amazing!

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Jesse Bartke
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Jurgen Gerhard
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Adam Stinson
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Lee Lachtara
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Mindy Rugg
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Jon Cowan
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ReNae Gagnon
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