Bald Mountain Loop

HARD 116 reviews
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Bald Mountain Loop is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bear Mountain, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is 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

running

forest

views

wildlife

historic site

hiking
14 days ago

As other reviews mention, I also recommend taking the trail counter-clockwise. The first 2/3 of the hike traverse West, Torne, and Bald Mountains with nice views in all directions. From West Mountain Shelter you can see NYC in the distance. At the summit of Bald Mountain you'll be able to trace your entire route over the ridges (and commend yourself on a journey well traveled!) Although the trial is well marked, make sure you are well aware of trail intersections. I found a few that would be easy to miss. The intersection with the Timp Pass Rd coming from West Mountain is easy to miss. It hardly looks like a trail at the intersection. Another one in particular is the intersection of the Blue trail and 1777 trail near Doodletown Reservoir. When you come to the river/waterfall you may need to cut through the woods to the bridge spanning the top of the waterfall. I couldn't find any markings. After this intersection, you'll be on the 1777 trail the rest of the way, passing through historic Doodletown. You'll enjoy exploring the ruins of this abandoned town, depending on how much energy you have left after the previous 7 miles. My phone recorded the entire loop at 9 miles (longer than the posted 7.1). Closing comments: Although this was a nice hike, not sure if it will be on my list to do again. You can find other hikes in the area with better views. Three out of five stars.

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail a bit confusing to follow. But be aware there are rattlesnakes! My dog and I stumble across a very large one slithering down the trail....beyond lucky we weren’t bit. It was traumatizing

hiking
2 months ago

Last section on 1777 wasn’t as enjoyable as the first 2/3s of the hike. Overall very enjoyable hike.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Magnificent hike !!! It has everything. Lots of up and down different mountains. Do it counter clockwise. The 2nd half is pretty flat on the historic trail which is good since the first half wears you out. Clocked just over 3.5hrs. Highly recommend !!!

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

We did this trail counterclockwise. Steep sections, but not difficult. Some nice views at the top. We missed the sharp right left turn to 1776 E. No markers - thank goodness for all trails which put us back on track. Came back via the 1776 E than 1776 W. It’s basically a road and not that interesting except for the signs where the houses used to be.

hiking
2 months ago

It was definitely really pretty and there were nice views along the way, but it’s really easy to get knocked off this trail. Pay close attention to the markers (sometimes there were none) and to your GPS. We went clockwise, but you should definitely do it counter clockwise. On the way back we got lost when the blue merged with the white trail. Had to bushwack and it wasn’t great, so make sure your phone is charged and pay close attention to your GPS, it’s definitely worth it. Very pretty!

hiking
3 months ago

9.4.19. This is an A-One hike. It’s also one of those loops where one always seems to be climbing! It’s tough but rewards the effort many times over. So many great views across the hills and the Hudson River. Going counter-clockwise, at the 1.8 mile mark I added on a section by heading down (southwards) to the mountain bike trail and then joined the Red Dot trail at about the 2.7 mile mark. This adds both distance and elevation gain. The Red Dot is simply wonderful however. The top (pate?) of Bald Mountain is special too. Here are my stats as a rough guide if you’re thinking of tackling this: Distance: 9.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,293 feet Moving Time: 4:18:31

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! I do see why counter clockwise is recommended. Hard part first then the easy part through Doodletown historical sites. Very cool!

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Challenging elevation to make it to Bald Mountain Peak. We saw multiple deer, a rattle snake, a heard word of a momma bear and 3 cubs that crossed our path. Amazing hike!

hiking
4 months ago

A very nice challenging loop! A personal and local favorite. Great views west and east...and a nice lean-to for overnight campers (first come first serve, and free). Take a dip in the creek at the end of your journey!!

hiking
4 months ago

a lot of trash on the trail and at the parking points to access the trail. this hike is probably better early in the season when snowboarding season is over but still a lil too cold for most people for a loop of this distance. would prefer to do this loop counter clockwise in hindsight.

hiking
4 months ago

Need to check phone to stay on the trail but overall good review. Would recommend counter clockwise. Closer to 10 miles.

hiking
bridge out
rocky
6 months ago

Confusing markings and far longer than 7.1 miles..overall very nice though

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

Fun trail- not super hard with inclines, or scrambles, but a nice 9m trail. Can be tough to follow the trail at times. Def make notes going in, if your phone dies, your in trouble.Used GPS the whole way. Here’s how we did it. We did not enter Heading to Doodletown, we went the oppo way, heading to the right. White trail, Merges with blue. Blue merges with red dot. Red dot trail for a couple miles. Red dot to the waterfall cross, which becomes blue. Blue trail becomes white and meets AT trail by parking lot. Saw a few salamanders, couple snakes at Doodletown.

hiking
muddy
off trail
6 months ago

hiking
bugs
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

This is a terrific loop hike with a great variety of terrain, elevation, rock scrambles, the ghost town of Doodletown, a section of the Appalachian Trail, and a section of a Revolutionary War era trail. A great choice for our first hike in the area. Our hike came in at 8.0 miles and about 1,800' feet of total elevation gain. I agree with previous sentiments that the general aspects of the loop tend toward medium difficulty, but there are also very steep sections of rough loose rock, and outcroppings to cross that can be a bit more slippery than expected. Combined with the various opportunities to head down the wrong trail due to a lack of clear intersection markings, the hike does lean toward difficult. In any event care must be taken on the rocks and part of the fun for us us was locating the proper markings in the less defined sections. Maps, apps are essential - bug spray is optional, but in mid-April the mosquitos were very busy. Personally, I would do this loop counter-clockwise next time since the long downhill from Baldy to Doodletown is on a much easier path than the rocky, trickier side coming down West Mountain - although there are short tricky sections in both directions (the rock sections are fun though). Only saw 1 runner, 3 hikers and 1 dog on the loop.

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