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Bald Mountain is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Townshend, Vermont that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,220 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

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forest

river

wild flowers

bugs

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4 hours ago

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1 day ago

We hiked this trail twice: The first time in February, when the ice cover made it challenging. The second time in March with a few kiddos. We were able to hike about 30 min up the trail before it got too steep for children. They loved the trail and were able to collect many rocks in the streams. The path is certainly windy and steep at points - hiking shoes definitely recommended.

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26 days ago

Nice moderate hike! Pretty icy this past weekend, microspikes probably would have been good but we made it to the top with hiking boots. The river was a bit tricky to cross as the rocks were frozen and slippery, but definitely still doable. Nice view of Mt. Monadnock at the top!

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6 months ago

The trail is in great shape and easy to follow.

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7 months ago

“Average Joe” Review Condition: trail is in good shape and clear of debris. Sections along the brook were understandingly moist and a little muddy - nearby rocks also had moderate moss. Overall the park does a great job maintaining it. Difficulty: Moderate is a fair grade for an Average Joe like myself. The trail starts off with a decent trek before leveling to a gradual slope. The last 1/3 of the trail again has a decent grade which makes for a great final burn before reaching the top. (TIP: while there are no look outs on the way up, make a point to stop midway or before the final 1/3 to rest up and allow your legs to get fresh again, you can thank me later). View: once reaching the top there is a level clearing with several rocks for sitting and viewing. One side of the clearing gives a good view of Mt Monadnock in the distance, while the other side has views of Stratton and Bromley Mtn. At this point the trees are still quite green. I would imagine that fall time would give some foliage views. Summary: Great hike given the ease of access, and the grades given above. The park staff were very friendly and gave a genuine interest in caring for the property as well as providing good advice/tips. Would certainly plan to do this trip again.

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7 months ago

wonderful not so steep hour hike up to the top. peaceful spot up there with a couple of lovely views.

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7 months ago

Nice moderate hike with a couple of views at the top. Seems that the views may have become more obscured by new tree growth over the years - it’s more of a semi-bald mountain. Enjoyable. Good for kids - nothing technical. Glad I hiked it.

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8 months ago

Well marked, with a cool pool along the way to bring a smile to your hot puppy’s face.

8 months ago

Nice hike! Lovely woods, nice vista at the top to reward your climb trail is well maintained. $4 per person fee. Bathrooms and water spigot at base.

Thu Aug 30 2018

Lovely enough trail along the brook at the beginning, but doesn’t offer much in terms of views once you get up there. Nice for a quick walk if you want to gain some elevation, but don’t expect too much. Nothing tricky or difficult about this hike

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Sat Jul 07 2018

Agree this trail is not quite easy. Steady uphill with only a few spots that leveled off. Nice trail clearly marked and decent view, shaded the whole way, but the bugs were brutal so don't forget the bug spray (as I did!). The trailhead is located within a state park, requiring a fee ($4 day use). Bathrooms and water spigot available close to trail head.

Mon Jul 02 2018

This was a beautiful hike! But it is NOT EASY. I took my partner who is very new to hiking and she had a very difficult time with the very steep inclines. Even I was surprised and thought we may have gone to the wrong hike. Additionally it is quite buggy in late June. Great work out if that’s what you are looking for.

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Thu Nov 23 2017

Great trail! Is definitely moderate and very well marked. Our dogs loved it too and it took us about two hrs. We started kind of late and ended up coming out in the dark, but the trail was easy to follow once we couldn’t see markers anymore. Very pretty, windy, and we even found some chagga.

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Wed Jun 21 2017

This trail was wonderful! Good part of it alongside stream with endless pools and cascades, easy footing, good workout towards the top and 2 nice views and great place for lunch! Super dog friendly as well!

Wed May 24 2017

Trail was easy to follow and well kept; wish there was more of a summit/veiw.. Beautiful hike regardless!

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Sun Nov 13 2016

I was surprised by the low reviews on here as we loved this trail for so many reasons! First off, I would rate the difficulty as moderate. The incline is pretty steady all the way up and only levels off a few times. The terrain is rocky and rooty which is typical northern New England and this time of year (late fall) the leaves on the ground are slippery and hide potential tripping hazards. There is so much beauty here!!! The brook offers lots of little pools and cool rock formations, some that reminded me of a water-slide. There are lots of tree, plant and fungi species and we saw several different birds including a woodpecker. Mossy rocks and boulders are scattered everywhere with tall pines and other interesting trees with exposed root systems flank the trail. At the summit, there are two nice sitting areas to relax and check out the views. There is a summit sign on a tree to the left and before that on the right, a geological survey benchmark embedded into a flat rock. This place is so reminiscent of somewhere I would have loved to play and explore as a kid, and doing it as an adult is just as fun! There were some downed trees along the trail but it was well marked. We'd hike Bald Mountain again!

Fri Aug 19 2016

Good straightforward trail. Very little flat parts. It's a steady incline just about the whole way. Follow a nice brook in the beginning with great pools to lay in.The last 1/4 mile(probably less)to the summit is the real leg burner. Easy for experienced hiker, hard for beginners. Summit offers two views, Mt. Monadnock in NH to the west and Bromley & Stratton Mtn. to the north. Good campground too. Went in Mid Aug. while camping and only passed two couples. Totally alone on top.

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Mon May 11 2015

I was not able to hike this trail from either end! From the link I posted below the trailhead are a not straightforward and have extremely limited parking. I'd love to come back and check this out but I might need to arrange for someone to drop me off close to the start of the trail.

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Fri Dec 30 2011

Its a simple trail that you can use to get a little heart pumping action. Just did it and had lunch on the top, It was about 18 degrees and no wind.

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6 months ago

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