Bald Mountain Trail

MODERATE 20 reviews

Bald Mountain Trail is a 4.2 mile out and back trail located near Orleans, Vermont and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.2 miles
1482 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


1 month ago

The Bald Mountain Trail is a moderate 7.5km trail that crosses lots of streams and creeks and features an observation tower with 360 views of surrounding lakes and mountain ranges.

The hike to the summit takes approximately 1:15. It starts off as a ~1km walk along an unkept gravel road to the official trail head / sign in post from the parking area. The trail then narrows and gets a little bit steeper with (very little) rock scrambling closer to the summit.

It is a muddy trail and hiking boots are recommended for crossing small streams and to avoid slipping on rocks. Consider bug repellent as well.

There is a small cabin at the summit with bunks and a wood burning stove for campers, as well as a outhouse not far away.

The way down took just under an hour. So the entire hike should take anywhere between 2:15 - 2:45 + breaks & time spent at the summit.

Also worth noting is the access to the pond / small lake just before the trail's parking lot where you can swim, kayak or canoe - or use the port-a-potty.

Lovely morning or afternoon hike.

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1 month ago

Definitely more challenging towards the summit, but the way back goes much quicker. As noted in other reviews, only views are from the fire tower, with a small exception to a little patch hidden in the trees that opens up a bit.

1 month ago

Small challenges here and there. Enjoyable!

2 months ago

Great hike...only view is from scary fire tower.

3 months ago

unable to hike all the way up because it was so hot! def go when it's cooler!

3 months ago

Fine hike but views only from observation tower, not from rock area that is surrounded by trees.

3 months ago

Great hike; love the rocks, moss and evergreens on the way up.

4 months ago

Hiked it on 4/28/17. Great hike. The upper portion is still covered in knee deep snow and ice.

4 months ago

10 months ago

Awesome firetower views, great shelter for overnight stays. the shelter has a small woodstove and bunks.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

good trail. Great view. It has the safest fire tower of all in my experience.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Great hike, more like a 6 mile in and out hike to the tower. Maybe it's 4 in and out as the crow flys. Steep at the top and slippery in some areas due to recent rain. Hiked with 5 kids (ages 6-13) and our 12 year old Westie, bring water and don't quit!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Hiked the trial a few weeks ago and it was sheer ice. I should have had my ice climbing gear. We stayed the night in the cabin at about 15 degrees. Hopefully it's thawed out by now.

Friday, April 22, 2016

It will be a beautiful hike, but is super icy right now. We hit glare ice when we were almost at the top and couldn't make it. Needs more time to melt.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

A Wonderful hike .It is difficult to find the trail head it starts in an old log yard. Part of it is on the access road. The views are spectacular. On a full moon we saw many rabbits playing all around the tower not really afraid of us.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Great view from fire tower. Nice wooded hike.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Took me 20 years to climb the look out tower, but finally done and so worth the wobbly legs! I will never let the fear of heights stop me from climbing a tower again. The view is absolutely amazing! I have been numerous times of the year and never had a bad view! Can't wait to make a full moon hike and sleep in the new cabin!