Bald Mountain

MODERATE 51 reviews

Bald Mountain is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bennington, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,162 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
3 days ago

This is a good hike if you’re in decent shape and don’t mind hiking uphill for 2.5 hours. There were only two spots were it really leveled off, other than that it really was uphill in varying degrees. The views are great and totally worth it. I hiked to the White Rock overlook that others have mentioned, a good stopping point. Fyi on the map, it’s about a 20 minute hike after the sharp bend on the map trail. It took me an hour and half to get back down.
I would highly recommend hiking poles for stability. The trail is narrow at some points, packed earth, and there’s plenty of stepping over and around rocks. I wore hiking pants because there’s a fair amount of brush to get through. Also, there’s a fair amount of bugs, a hat and bug spray were a good idea.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely strenuous hike; from the "White Rocks "to the top honestly really isn't worth the extra effort, the cliffs with the westerly views there are absolutely awesome. Careful footing on the blasted rock areas.

hiking
2 months ago

Had a great time hiking all the way up to the summit. Loving Vermont so far! Took us about 2.5 hrs at a brisk pace. The other reviews aren’t kidding, it gets steep at the end.

hiking
2 months ago

Not an easy hike up but once you get to the overlook, all of it is worth it! Amazing views makes you forget everything bad

2 months ago

Amazing views.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked this trail with my fiance and my 8 year old daughter. Thought it was a great hike and tough in spots. Getting closer to the top it gets difficult and steep but well worth the view. A lot of water source and camping spots. We will hike this again but in the late afternoon to catch the sunset!

hiking
10 months ago

A gorgeous wooded hike in Bennington. I would rate this as moderate to moderate-hard. The trail is wide and mostly well marked. However, there are multiple locations where the nearby creek crosses the trail resulting in very slick conditions. The final third of the trail is very steep. From reviews on here, we decide to turn around at the Bennington overlook instead of completing the trail at the Summit.

hiking
10 months ago

If you're used to the nearby Adirondacks, don't waste your time on this one unless it's a nice, sunny day, or you love Bennington. The trail is poorly marked, and the only view you get is of Bennington. The summit offers no views worth remembering. The trail itself is okay once you get about a third of the way in. Nothing to write home about.

hiking
11 months ago

Wish we had more time! Will
Do it again for sure!

hiking
11 months ago

great hike for my family it took us 4hr total to the top and back the trail is a more moderate to hard because of the incline and boulder fields u must navigate towards the top. all in all great trail and well marked great views and lots of friendly faces!! well worth the trip!!! ✌️

Friday, August 18, 2017

Tough towards the top, but well worth it!

hiking
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Great hike and challenging at times. All the information in previous posts is useful and great, so please check it out before going out on this one. The view of Bennington is beautiful.

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

Visited this summit yesterday. As indicated in the previous post, the start of the trail is under construction, due to spring washout, so the first quarter mile is a bit rough. It was a fantastic hike after that though! It IS quite wet in some areas still, so good boots are suggested. As others have noted, there is not much to see at the summit, but there is a great view overlooking Bennington about a mile and quarter before the summit. The rock slides were fun to climb, and the short jaunt I followed along the Western Ridge trail was neat to see. Overall, a very enjoyable, and challenging day out! I would certainly do it again.

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

A little hard to find the trailhead at first, as they are currently constructing new stairs at the beginning. We missed the scenic vista on the way up (and there is not much of an overlook at the top) but found the views on the way down. A little more than 3.5 hours and that includes stopping for lunch at the top

Thursday, May 04, 2017

great hike and great views along the way.

hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Great trail. Best views are at 2600 ft elevation lookout to the west. Not much to see at apex of Bald Mountain. Only 4-5 parking spots at trail head so get there early.

trail running
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Great trail, sad the highway now runs through the ascent from branch street. great views of the Bennington valley and Mount Anthony.

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Absolutely loved this trail. Great views at the top. Already looking forward to hiking this trail again.

hiking
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

One of my first hikes a few years ago in 2013. Beautiful views of Bennington, Vt. We did this in early spring so the trails were a bit wet. All in all a good trip. Planning to go at it again soon with some first timers.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

easy beginning, moderate middle with rock scrambling, harder end with parts of intense incline. lovely payoff though, took me 3.25h round-trip.

hiking
Friday, May 29, 2015

Great trail! A little muddy this time of year but there was plenty of water for my dogs to drink, which was good. The view from the top is pretty awesome! Well worth the hike. The beginning was a little confusing but just make sure you follow the blue markers and you'll be on the right trail!

hiking
Saturday, July 05, 2014

Me and a buddy did trail running from the parking area on north branch street in Bennington Vermont to the white rocks. About seven miles altogether there and back. Nice mix of terrain, some open areas, shady woods, streams and small rivers, and some pretty rugged hills. On the whole an awesome hike about four to five hours depending on how many breaks you take or a good hard run in about two hours. The views are plenty and very pretty, the view from the white rocks is awesome, you can see the whole valley and the surrounding mountains. Plenty of places to camp as well.

hiking
Sunday, June 23, 2013

One of the most beautiful hikes - section of Long Trail / AT... For a 2-3 day hike, you can start at the foothill of Bromley Mountain, go over Peru Peak, and hike up to White Rocks, passing a gorgeous small lake (can't remember the name), right before the big / steep push to white rocks peak. I think that Eagles nest on the west side of the rocks, and you can see them take off from the top. In the summer, the woods smell like christmas, and it was where I first heard coyotes howl. Great workout.

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