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Baldface Trail is a 9.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Intervale, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 9.5 mi Elevation gain 3,454 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Hiking Snowshoeing Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Snow
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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.

From Conway NH, head east on 302/113 to Fryeburg ME, where 113 North takes a sharp left (not well-marked, but if you see the sign for 5/113 South pointing right, backtrack a couple of blocks). Take route 113 (paved but bumpy) north about twenty miles. The small parking lot - plowed in winter- is on the right shortly after a huge brown sign

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Michael Lustwerk
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Andrew Prior
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L G
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Arrived at the parking lot around 8:30am on Sunday and there was plenty of parking available. There is an outhouse at the trailhead. Trail starts just across the street and down the road from the parking lot. We did this loop clockwise, going over South Baldface first, then North Baldface, with a slight detour over to Eagle Crag and also Emerald Pool. The rocks/slabs up South Baldface are steep and definitely worth doing on the ascent vs. the descent. Otherwise, fairly moderate grades in a lot of places along the route. Once above treeline going up to South Baldface, we had to be very careful to watch for cairns and/or blazes. (Note: there are places along this route that we noticed both blue and yellow blazes, and some very faint blazes above treeline.) Excellent loop hike with gorgeous 360 views. We spent a lot of time just admiring the views today! All water crossings were dry/fairly dry, so everything was easy to rock hop.

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Sloth McGoo
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Linnea Harding-Scudder
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Got on the trail at 7:30am and was back in the parking lot by 1pm. Completed the trail clockwise. Markings can be a bit hard to follow at times but it was a great hike with great views!

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Jon Nixon
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kristen sciacca
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Pretty straightforward. Lots of ledges up. Would have been hard for my dog. Go clockwise.

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Hannah Lovejoy
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Beautiful views, loved the scramble

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Joanna Blanck
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Tim Babcock
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Did this hike last year. A great hike. Climbing up the ledges was amazing. Do it clock wise.

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Emma Morgan
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This is now one of my favorite hikes in NH. The trail is challenging at times and the rock slab scramble up the first baldface was challenging and hard to follow the trail at times, but it gave the real variety. The 360 views at the top were solid, but the views back over the slabs on the hike down the ridge were even better. The water crossings at the end were easy and added water features to an already amazing hike. I’ll definitely be doing this one again.

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Steve Freeman
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Do this one 3-5 times per week as a warm up. All asphalt with hill and flat areas

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Yan Zhang
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This hike is amazing. It's very hard but the trail and mainly the view, was great. Above the treeline part of the trail, there were blue berry bushes everywhere. I got to parking lot by 10 am and the immediate lot is full so we parked on the side (which is ok). The parking lot has a bathroom (one for female and one for male). The day we went, it was very humid. This hike took me 8 hours to complete.

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Jennifer Robitaille
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Tons of fun!!

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Jonathan Landman
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One of the finest day hikes in the east

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Miji Petroff
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Jared Grace
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This trail is LEGIT. There is a reason it is on the Terrifying 25 list. **Note, you can go around the terrifying 25 section but taking Slippery Brook trail around it. The views are incredible. I did run into a few issues on this hike, none of which is the hikes fault but it's something to note. 1) I was prepared for the Terrifying 25 section and it still kicked my butt about 3.5 miles in. Trouble is, you still have about 7 miles to go at that point. So if you're not prepared don't be ashamed to bail down Slippery Brook. 2) About 60-70% of this hike (my estimate) is exposed. (It can get very hot up there). I got caught in a bit of a rainstorm with thunder and some lightning off in the distance. That is not a good place to be. Rain during summer hikes is a nice cool down. Rain/Thunderstorms on the top of an exposed, entirely granite mountain, is dangerous. So check your weather. Overall this is a great hike though. Just be prepared.

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Eric Fletcher
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This hike has it all! Rugged ledge scramble up to the South peak, beware when wet. Awesome exposed summits that are never far from tree line shelter. Lots of blueberries, saw 3 partridge, and descended Bicknell Ridge to Eagle Cascade. Emerald Pool was just what the doctor ordered at the end on a 90 degree day.

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Michelle Barber
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