Bald Mountain (Rondaxe Fire Tower)

MODERATE 171 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.

24 seconds ago

My kids (7 and 8) had a blast. Mostly an easy hike, but a few tricky spots to keep things interesting. Very crowded!

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1 day ago

Busy trail, even on a week day. I wouldn't say this trail was moderate, it's pretty short and easy. Mostly rock. Views of the fulton chain lakes from the top and a fire tower with a great panoramic view! Ok for dogs and kids. I wouldn't suggest doing this one on a wet day. There are some open rock areas that could get real slippery after a day of raining. Otherwise a fairly easy hike with great views.

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5 days ago

Easy trail beautiful views but can be very crowded. Not a good choice if you're looking for solitude & quiet lol.

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7 days ago

Very fun, easy climb. Lovely view from the top of the Fulton chain lakes. Definitely worth a trip

11 days ago

Excellent views!

Easy to get to and a gorgeous view

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14 days ago

Easy to get to and a gorgeous view

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14 days ago

Easy to get to and a gorgeous view

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19 days ago

Great hike, fun, rocky terrain the whole way and a very rewarding summit.

20 days ago

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20 days ago

A beautiful summit rewards you after a mostly bald rock climb. Easy and short. I recommend going early. We arrived around 6:30 AM and were the only ones there. We spent around an hour on the summit and on the way down we probably passed around 20-30 people. If you dislike being near people, go early.