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

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muddy
4 days ago

A very fun trail! Not too difficult though very steep for some stretches (made much easier with trekking poles). Lots of signage makes it easy to follow even through overlap with other trails. Muddy areas and several brook crossings but most had rocks/wood to walk over. Nice and shady for the majority of the trail. Not many bugs for a mid morning hike. Very rocky at the top - our pup slipped around a few times so be cautious if you’re bringing a canine companion but definitely a cool reward for your climb! We couldn’t seem to find any clearings for a nice landscape shot near the top like many photos I’ve seen from this trail. Looks like we’ll have to try again and keep looking for that spot!

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5 days ago

Great Trail! Beginning was a little weird going under the tunnel but it was short, after that it was a beautiful hike! Lots of water and mixed terrain. Overall a great hike. Good lookout about a mile before the actual summit but summit is still beautiful with the tree line!

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bugs
8 days ago

Great hike- very well marked. The first 4 miles up the mountain were hard. 3-4 very steep stretches closer to the top but impossible. Took about 2 hours. Also a few very rocky parts. Definitely a workout. On a sunny day bring a lot of water!!! The trip down- much easier. Was essentially downhill or flat the entire time. Much easier than the strenuous uphill. Took about an hour and a half. Overall so pumped that we did this!! A great hike.

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rocky
20 days ago

Overall a great hike, we did not go to the summit as we were kinda on a time crunch(we were unfortunately misled by a friend about the distance of this trail) we just went up to the white rocks and the view was amazing! It was very muddy in some parts of the trail and we had to make our way around somehow, but was manageable. Lots of little streams you have to cross which makes it interesting. The trail overall is a gradual incline, and then 2 steeps right when you are coming close to the white rocks, however they’re not very long steeps. We would like to do this again this season and go all the way to the summit. With a few breaks, it took us about an hour and 1/2 on the way up and an hour down. WARNING: once you are starting out on the trail, their is a power plant nearby and there are a bunch of other trails that veer off in different directions. Chris and I started down a trail that wasn’t the correct one, however it still brought us back to the main trail. But with that being said, it added more time to our hike. Just pay close attention to the trail markers at the beginning

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muddy
21 days ago

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muddy
scramble
21 days ago

Many stream crossings, wicked steep areas, muddy bits, and white rock scrambles, which makes it more challenging and provides variety. At the higher elevations, there were also large sections of the trail that had turned into deep lakes (not mud, as the ground is pine needles on rock) and getting wet was unavoidable, but it had also rained the night before. Because this starts in Bennington, it got quite busy as the day went on, including big groups of teenagers hanging out in the bottom half mile or so, so I'd recommend going early.

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rocky
snow
25 days ago

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muddy
rocky
snow
25 days ago

Challenging hike, with more of a view at White Rocks than summit. Be prepared to cross some streams! Waterproof shoes highly suggested. About 2+ inches of snow toward upper mountain.

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29 days ago

Nick’s review is spot on up to white rocks overlook. It’s another 1.2 miles to summit where views of Greylock to the S and Blackhead range to the SW can be seen. Most elevation gain is to white rocks with only about 450vf to summit. This part of the trail was my favorite as the trail is narrower and passes through some low lying vegetation. 1 or 2 steeps but not long. On 5/7/20 there was a bit of mud with herdpaths around them so guess they’re long-standing. Could use some bog bridges. Great hike!

For the first half of the hike we were being constantly passed by dirt bikes. very loud disruptive. After we passed the boundry into the national forest it got a lot better. Nice trail to the summit with a little snow at the top.

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snow
1 month ago

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1 month ago

I am out of shape

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5 months ago

NOTE: this review is just for the White Rocks overlook. Did not go to the summit. There's two halves to this hike, the lower portion and the upper (Glastenbury Wilderness) portion. First half of the hike is nothing to write home about. Powerlines, chain-link fences, a little muddy, graffiti-laden walking tunnel, road noise, and barren sparse dedicious trees. Second half completely makes up for the first half. This is the point that you pass the signs for the Glastenbury Wilderness area. Tall dense conifers, peaceful stream alongside the trail almost the whole way, birds chirping. Absolutely gorgeous area once you pass the sign. In total it took an hour and a half each way, this is with several stops for water/pictures/chatting with hikers I passed. Depending on how you count it, 6-7 steeper inclines, but they are quick and not too bad. Until the last stretch before the Rocks. This spot gets pretty steep, a little tricky with the snow/ice cover, but doable. Definitely what makes this trail "moderate". Otherwise the trail is mostly flat/slight inclines. 5 creek crossings, but if you watch your footing you can get over without submerging your feet. I had cleats/spikes and poles with me, and I'd say you most definitely need them to winter hike this trail (mainly for the steeper stretch before the Rocks.) Countless downed trees to go over, but nothing crazy. Views are decent at the Rocks, overlooks Bennington and forest to the north. Definitely think it'd look great in autumn or at sunset (overlook looks westward.) As of today (1/2/20) there isn't more than a half of inch snow cover at any given point on the hike. Trailhead parking looks brand new, room for about 12 or so cars. Directions on this app are spot on. Good map & info at the trailhead as well. Trail is clearly marked, just follow the blue markings the whole way and you're golden. Had post-hike meal and a stout at the Tap House across the street from Bennington Potters, nice waitress and food/beer hit the spot.

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6 months ago

the view is so worth it!

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7 months ago

We hiked this 2 weeks ago...fantastic...awesome leaf peeping opportunity. Trail was very well maintained...portions are a bit challenging but not too difficult. The view from the top is magnificent!

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rocky
7 months ago

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9 months ago

Really fun hike with lots of trail scenery, difficulty level was moderate/easy. Not much for scenic lookout views but worth a hike, the dog enjoyed the terrain and streams.

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9 months ago

White rocks view 3 miles up is nice.

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9 months ago

Very well marked trail but super wet. As others have said there's not much to see at the top.

recorded Recording - Jun 28, 12:30 PM

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11 months ago

l walked to the White Rocks Lookout and back. It's a moderate hike with some steep climbs right before reaching the lookout over Bennington. The trail has been recently improved to avoid most of the muddy areas. Very well done! The view is a pleasant place for lunch.

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