Baldface Trail

HARD 35 reviews

Baldface Trail is a 9.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Intervale, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3553 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

Take this wonderful loop hike over two beautiful bald peaks with fantastic views towards the taller White Mountains. This is a loop hike with several fun stream crossings and a lot of views at the top of both peaks and along the ridge. As their name implies, both peaks have bald summits and in some steep places you may find yourself on fun scrambles. There will be fantastic views on clear days towards the taller White Mountains including Mt. Washington which dominates the horizon.

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

We went up South and back North...this was definitely the route to go. South was a challenge but worth the views! North wasn't too much of a challenge on the way down. 100% recommend stopping by the emerald pools! Really cold but so fun.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

Baldface mountain was absolutely breath taking! Especially when you get to Emerald pool (I would suggest to hit the pool after the hike, the water is pretty cold, but what do you expect, its New England.) The parking lot is located at the on the other side of the mountain. To get to Emerald pool, you would have to cross the street from the parking lot and go up the steps to the trail. Pretty neat place!

hiking
17 days ago

Awesome loop, went up the South and down the North like others recommend and it was the right choice. Gets pretty steep at points going up the South so it's easier to go up those spots than down. Definitely take a break to sit in the shade at the Baldface Shelter. Get there early because parking can get crowded because of Emerald Pool.

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely go up the south face, I'd say it's too steep to go down unless you need an adrenaline rush. We went on a sunny warm day after a big rain and the (VERY STEEP) rock scramble had dried enough to be doable. This hike may not be appropriate for intermediate hikers, hikers with mobility issues, or those with fear of heights/exposure, as the scramble could prove too intimidating or technical. It's fine if you're very confident and know some rock-climbing techniques; otherwise, perhaps too hard. That said, the views were GORGEOUS and getting up there is well worth it and, for those who are comfortable, a fun challenge.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great trip w Boston AMC - young members click below to see our route and photos along the way. Great weather lots of bugs! https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/baldface-circle--2?p=-1

2 months ago

This trail in general is patches of muck sporadically throughout. The rock scramble would be dangerous in anything but dry conditions I think. Bugs were pretty bad today- black flies and mosquitoes. Sounds like it was more than usual from locals. Lots of up and then lots of down, with a lovely view from the top in between. We did baldface circle to baldface knob and took slippery brook down. About 7.5 miles and 2600 elevation gain.

3 months ago

4 months ago

fly fishing
5 months ago

The pool looks incredible.i am wondering if any of yo jave found any pools that are similar but a bit larger or deeper to hold trout .I am a fly fisherman and release all trout unharmed.Thanks

hiking
6 months ago

One of my favorites the Whites have to offer. Went up the south and down the north in the rain, and while footing was a little sketchy we managed alright. No visibility and it was still gorgeous with the foliage. You get above the timberline early so you're rewarded for a while and quickly. What I enjoyed was the size and difficulty of the trail. For experienced hikers it's an easy trail with just enough elevation of beauty for it to feel worth it, and for beginners it could be a nice challenge but definitely doable. Happy trails

hiking
9 months ago

Super sketchy going up South when wet!!! Careful! And I wouldn't call this dog friendly as I had to lift up dogs many times when we had to scale chest high walls. Beautiful area but would suggest doing this trail when dry and dog free. With rain and wind we had to circle back on Slippery Brook Trail which was a lovely decent.

9 months ago

This trail was amazing! Definitely take the south trail up the mountain. Beautiful views & definitely surpassed expectations. Did the whole loop, well worth it.

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked this trail two days ago. The fall foliage was beautiful. We went up south and down north. I could not imagine ever going down south. Heading up the mountain has some very steep parts where the slippery rock is flat with nothing to grab onto. It took us 7ish hours relaxing and walking. The views are well worth the effort. I love how doing the loop allows you to actually see the mountain that you hiked!

hiking
11 months ago

Fabulous hike with my son who made the hike look effortless. The day was clear and mild so the views were exceptional. We descended via the Slippery Brook Trail. Though parking lot full we did not encounter many people during the day. We did meet someone trimming the growth near Bald face summit - he has quite a garden.