Bald Mountain Trail

MODERATE 23 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.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1482 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

hiking
3 days ago

Went on a Thursday morning with my dog and I was the only one on the trail, saw 2 groups on my way down. Final 1/3 was challenging but the views from the fire tower were excellent on a clear day.

hiking
10 days ago

Definitely gets steeper once closer to the top. But even that an as an amateur hiker, I was still up, spent sometime at the top, and back at the car in under three hours. The only thing I wish was that there were views other then at the top of the tower, but it is solid and adds an interesting twist. Would definitely do it again, and recommend it to someone.

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months 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.

2 months ago

Small challenges here and there. Enjoyable!

3 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!

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
Thursday, August 04, 2016

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.