Bald Mountain (Rondaxe Fire Tower)

MODERATE 124 reviews
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Bald Mountain (Rondaxe Fire Tower) is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Old Forge, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
413 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

blowdown

muddy

rocky

The total distance to hike to the summit of Bald Mountain is just under a mile and the ascent is about 500 feet to reach the 2350 foot summit. The start of the hike is a deceptively easy walk in the woods, but fairly soon you come to the steepest section where you climb a widely eroded trail up onto the top of the descending ridge. Soon after you begin to top out you come to the first of several intermediate view points. After that the trail follows the spine of the ridge with a few minor ups and downs. This ridge top trail is over bed rock much of the way, and portions of that bed rock are relatively pointed little ridgettes with less that a foot wide path on the top. For those who find this psychologically uncomfortable, there are herd paths down in the woods by which you can skirt the most challenging sections. The Rondaxe Fire Tower, located on the summit, has been restored so that you can climb up for the best views. The summit area is open, quite long and can easily accommodate a large number of hikers. Don't expect to be alone during this nearly two mile round trip hike, as it is a very popular hike. There are fantastic views from the fire tower, but also from the many view points along the trail. You don't need to climb the fire tower to enjoy the views.

hiking
5 days ago

14 days ago

some parts are steep but over all the view are worth the trek.

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

We just did this hike Saturday morning, starting soon after 9 am, and hardly anyone was on the trail. It was a great experience, but a bit challenging for our 6 and 7 yo kids, one of whom has balance issues. We totally enjoyed ourselves and would do this again!

backpacking
21 days ago

Lots of beautiful clearings for some great pictures.

24 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

This is always our beginning of the season hike to get us prepared as it is rather easy with a couple of challenges. Very short hike with nice views!

27 days ago

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28 days ago

Nice easy hike but very crowded.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

will always be my favorite hike! easy to do (with a little challenge) and can't beat the views! very enjoyable

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail and well marked. Beautiful views and a great day hike!

hiking
1 month ago

This was our families first venture into mountain hiking and it was such a wonderful day! The trail was clear and easy to maneuver with the here and there steep rock to climb, to the delight of my 6 and 8 year olds. We all climbed the rondaxe fire tower and enjoyed the view greatly! What a fun experience. We are already planning our next hike!

hiking
1 month ago

This was my second time doing this Firetower.

1 month ago

Great hike! It didn't take long to get to the top. The whole trail is rock, making it a fun and unique trail. It is marked pretty well so you can't take too many wrong turns. The view from the fire tower was amazing, and there are plenty of great views on your way up the mountain.

2 months ago

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