Bald Mountain (Rondaxe Fire Tower)

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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
390 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
2 days ago

Great hike! Snowy day! The trail is getting icy so bring crampons or micro spikes. You can do the hike without them but they obviously will help a ton. Enjoy.

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

This place was busy but...The kids had a blast on this trail. Awesome views. Check out my full write up with pictures and other things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/rondaxtower/

1 month ago

One of the best hikes I’ve taken in a long time, regardless of the trail’s traffic. Bald Mountain is full of surprises that reveal themselves at a perfect pace. One caution - it’s steeper than you think and includes some challenging scrambles. We tried it as a family hike. It is not that. But those of us who carried on were very pleased.

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This isn’t a long, hard hike but definitely has some challenges for beginners! There are parts where you’re hiking up rock and balancing on them too. It was very busy when we went but everyone was courteous and friendly! Beautiful view form the fire tower!!

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Wonderful view. Good hike up.

1 month ago

This was the first one I did with my 14 yr old dtr, we loved it!

1 month ago

adk firetower challenge
Fulton chain trifecta

1 month ago

Fantastic. Just challenging enough w striking views at the top. One if the nicest trails around the Fulton chain. View is 100% worth the climb.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Okay, I love this trail... I do. But, it gets crowded. It’s brief, it’s scenic and for those who like balancing beams — that last bit toward the peak is nothing but, boulders— it’s a lot of fun. I enjoyed this brief hike, having lunch at the peak, and looking at the gorgeous views. Is it moderate?? Yes, is some parts, but, if you’re looking to challenge yourself, you may want a longer trail.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, even with 5 and 9 year old boys with us. Not too difficult, good distance for kids and beautiful view at the top.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

love this hike quick and easy, brought our Frenchie this year she handled the trail easily.