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
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.

2 days ago

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3 days 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.

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8 days 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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11 days ago

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12 days ago

Loved it!

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15 days ago

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

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16 days ago

Absolutely fantastic hike! It was very busy but it was great! Our favorite hike thus far! The views were outstanding and it was fun scrambling up the rocks! Very kid friendly! Looking for a quick hike with a HUGE reward! This is the one!

16 days ago

Easy hike and beautiful views but can be crowded at times.

Been hiking this trail since birth. It's a easy hike now that I'm older and this is a good hike for someone who might not hike as much.

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22 days ago

Great hike where the trail is almost all rock. Nice views and tower to climb. Really enjoyed, but can be very crowded.

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23 days ago

Great moderate trail with amazing views throughout. There’s also a very friendly fox that likes to hang out by the fire tower.

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1 month ago

Busy but cool hike great views

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1 month ago

Amazing trail! Started out simple as can be, then soon became a rock scramble up and around on bare bedrock. The tree roots growing around the bare rock looked prehistoric. I enjoyed this short hike! Gave me a good taste of longer harder fire tower hiked.

Amazing view.

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1 month ago

Great refresher before going on big climbs---great for kids just starting out. Our 4yo did well!