Bald Mountain Loop

HARD 35 reviews
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Bald Mountain Loop is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Highlands, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and camping. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,797 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

trail running

forest

views

wildlife

historic site

1 month ago

Multiple peaks with short but steep climbs. The trail marking is HORRIBLE - we had to have our AllTrails map out the entire time. We took multiple wrong turns. I wouldn’t say to avoid this trail, just be cognizant of trail markers.

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1 month ago

A few sections with some decent ascents but overall nothing too challenging with little to no scrambling needed. Go on a clear day, views are awesome!

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4 months ago

Nice views of the Hudson. Had done this same hike a few years ago. Would not rate this as hard.

As others have said, difficult to follow. Other than the AT section, blazes are not very well maintained and a couple of junctions are very confusing. Had a map and AllTrails open at all times, and still made a number of wrong turns. Wasn’t a big deal in terms of time, but way less fun with your head buried in a map. If you live in NY area and itching to get out and do a workout, fine. Otherwise, meh.

Once it reopens would recommend breakneck ridge instead. Much more challenging and no navigation drama. Plus post hike in town of cold spring is great.

4 months ago

Did a hike for 8 miles. Went through Bald,Dunderberg and West mountain.

hiking
4 months ago

This hike covers 3 mountains and it was pretty challenging one. We took 5 hours with lots of breaks due to cramps. Please do carry enough water and not end up like us.
The hike is 9 miles with 2000+ feet overall elevation gain.
I would love to give the hike 5 stars mainly due to the varied terrain and the workout quality, but I’m reducing to 4 stars because I feel the hike is a bit under maintained and could be made even better. Also, there are just too many flies and insects which made us all the more irritated. Although not bringing a good insect repellent is completely our fault. We even saw a huge snake.
Also, be sure to download the map as it’s very easy to get lost( the markers are not great) and you won’t get any signal for half the hike.
The parking space is also less so we ended up parking by the road.
But if u have the bases covered to handle or not mind the above shortcomings, I would surely recommend this hike- it truly was an amazing workout.

hiking
5 months ago

9 miles, 2300ft of vert

hiking
7 months ago

Great views of the bear mountain bridge and surrounding area!

11 months ago

Ended up hiking for 12 miles , make sure map is downloaded very easy to get lost

hiking
Sunday, September 24, 2017

I hiked with Hannah, who beat me to a review. I agree with everything she says below. Such beautiful views, as you hike you are able to see a gorgeous view from almost all directions, just not all at once. It breaks up the hike quite a bit.
There are definitely times where many trails seem to intersect the actual hiking trail, and it got confusing, so you definitely need to have a map ready, as Hannah says in her review. If our friend hadn't had that with him we would probably still be out there, and we are all pretty experienced hikers.
It was fun to get to walk through the abandoned remains of Doodletown at the end of the hike, even though it is really overgrown and hard to see. I'd like to check that out once the leaves are gone.
The hike is LONG, so don't leave too late in the day!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

This hike is awesome! Great views, three peaks, vastly different forest ecosystems, but also closer to 10 miles and at times its very easy to lose the trail. Make sure you have your trail map downloaded because cell service is spotty and come prepared to hike at least 10 miles. We got surprised by the way extra three miles, but it was totally worth it.

hiking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Very beautiful views, but not easy. This loop covers many different trails and its possible to take a wrong turn. Make sure you have a hard copy map in case your battery dies.

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recorded #humpday

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