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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

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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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Yan Zhang
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

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.

Jennifer Robitaille
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Hiking

Tons of fun!!

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Jonathan Landman
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Hiking

One of the finest day hikes in the east

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Miji Petroff
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HikingScramble
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Jared Grace
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HikingGreat!No shadeRockyScramble

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.

Eric Fletcher
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Hiking

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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Jessie T.
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Did this trail last Sat in 90s degree weather. Very challenging scrambling after southface hut up to north face. But very beautiful views. Muddy in the woods, not buggy. Two river crossing close to the end.

joelle whitman
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HikingGreat!

Gotta love this trail, as many people do. Get there early to avoid the 'Emerald Pool only' crowd. We went up Slippery Brook, over the Knob to South then to North and down Bicknell, Eagle cascades (don't miss this!!!!) and finished on Baldface Circle. GPS had us at 10.4 miles. Only saw 9 hikers until we got close to the pool- about 40 cars parked on the road as we came out of the woods at about 1:30. Lots of exposure so bring sunscreen (wished I had).

Laurilyn Dowling
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Incredible views for miles and miles! Hiked South to North and loved scrambling over the boulders after the hut on South Boldface. Went the day after a heavy rain and found some wet spots on the boulders due to the rain the previous day despite lots of sunshine. Got caught in rain on the North Baldface descent, which made for some tricky maneuvering down wet, slippery rocks. Loved the hike and would do it again, but would likely avoid during rain or the day after a heavy rain. The views would be spectacular when the leaves are changing!

Robert Smith
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HikingScramble

To be honest this is 2nd real hike I’ve ever done and I did solo to challenge myself. This was the so much fun, the trail were really well kept and marked. Even beginner like me didn’t get off trail. The views are awesome too.

matt donoghue
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Hiking

Hiked 6/22. Humid and buggy coming up to the slides on south baldface. Once we passed the major scrambles and came out from the clouds it was awesome! Very few people on the trail and the views out to the west were fantastic. Saw a moose on the way down about a mile before the emerald pool junction. Emerald pool was definitely worth the stop after a long, hot hike.

diane walsh
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Hiking

LOVED this hike, but I love to rock scramble and there was scrambling a plenty! Do not do if your afraid of hike, rock ledges or cliffs CONSTANT views up on ridge and 360 degree views from both peaks Took a mini cliff jump into cold mountain water at Emerald pool. Definitely worth the stop today since it was 90degrees at trailhead

Erin Santomenna
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Hiking

I wish I had brought my dog! After reading reviews we left her at home but after doing the hike from South Baldface to North, I think she would have done fine and loved it - saw many dogs today, none of which seemed to have any trouble. So much fun climbing up the rocks to the first of the bald peaks with almost constant incredible views for most of the trek from there. Definitely took us over six hours but there was lots of stopping for photos and then stopping for a dip at the Emerald Pool which was small but unexpectedly deep. Looking forward to coming back to do this one again! Edit: Came back a few days later to do the trail again with my dog and she did absolutely fine. Bugs were a lot worse though!! And way fewer folks on a weekday

Trevor Branch
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Hiked this on a Wednesday and I saw five other people all day. The trail is steep and scrambly for a bit once you get above the shelter on the way to South Baldface but the views are outstanding and keep getting better as you climb! The ridgeline offers pretty consistent views of the Whites to the West and the lower Maine mountains to the east. Stopped at Emerald Pool on the way down, definitely worth the short side trip!

Sophie Kerman
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HikingBugsScramble

Hiked yesterday june 7. Went clockwise to go up the scramble, starts almost immediately after the shelter and continues until after the second peak. No snow at all but quite windy/chilly along the exposed ridge. Some bugs down by emerald pool, but not enough to dissuade us from an afternoon dip when we were finishing up!

Meaghan Martin
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HikingRockyScramble

Hiked yesterday 6/7/20 and it was very windy on the open part of South Baldface. Summits were in the clouds but still beautiful. Clouds started to disperse as we descended and we were able to look back and admire how far we’d come. Definitely hike South to North (clockwise), especially if you’re afraid of heights. I’m not afraid of heights and I still can’t imagine going back down some of the steep rocks we came up! Definitely a difficult hike but absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to go back!

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