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This is not a “moderate” hike as listed. Easy for sure. No elevation gain, or at least you don’t feel it. There was some construction being done to freshen and add planked walkways. I’m for it in some areas, but the more that is added, the more it takes away from the scenic environment. Hope they don’t go overboard with it...

hiking
19 days ago

It had lightly rained and drizzled for most of the day, but it stopped by mid-afternoon. I knew I was in for soggy conditions but I went for it. Started at 4:58pm and I was to the fire tower by 5:50pm. Lots of stone and root hopping in the first 2/3...I found driving the arch of my hiking boots into the roots with each step was easier than picking solid ground to tip toe around at times. The last bit as very rocky and can be steep in areas. It was especially challenging with wet/slippery conditions, but I didn't mind. It actually made me pay more attention to each step. You must climb the tower for the full view, but little summit trails lead to some great outlooks. The rainy day clouds were starting to break just as I hit the top. After my usual summit-beer, I headed back down to find other great outlooks along the way. I was paying so much attention to each step on my way up that I never looked back to see the views behind me. Glad I caught them on my way down. Not a difficult hike, but even as short as it is, there are steep climbs on tough terrain that some folks might find challenging. I was back to my car by 7:20pm...and it's before Memorial Day, so everything in town is closed by 7...

I was in Rangeley for a week, and this hike was my first priority. I was on my own schedule all week, so I purposefully chose the best forecasted weather day and went for it. It would be my first two 4,000 ft peaks, and it surely did not disappoint! 72 degrees at the base lodge of the ski area, 60 degrees at the summit and clear skies the entire day...in Northern Maine...in May. Couldn't have gotten luckier.
The trek up is steep. Very steep. Double black diamond ski trails most of the way up, which as a non-skier, I can't imagine going down with glides attached to my feet. Take the time to stop and look back at the views as you climb...just keeps getting better. There was still some significant snow patches in shady spots throughout. The scenery doesn't end with the summit of Saddleback. There are amazing vistas and outlooks across the entire ridge from Saddleback to the Horn, and back. Atop the Horn, hurricane force winds nearly blew me over a couple times as I was paying too much attention to my camera and not at keeping my balance...it came out of nowhere and was persistent my entire time on the mountain top. I planned to have lunch and a beer, but the wind was too much, so I came back down the ridge before being able to dig in and not have anything blow away. I went by myself, saw a women trail running with her dog about 15 minutes into my climb, then didn't see another human until a man walking his dog on the bunny-hills 10 minutes before I got back to my car. There were moments I definitely feel I was the only person in a 2 mile radius. I started at 10:49am, finished at 5:23pm...LOTS of pausing for pictures, a full sit-down lunch, and plenty of stops at crystal clear ponds and running snowmelt to wet my bandana. I will absolutely be back again to conquer these beasts! Maybe my favorite hike I have ever taken.

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike, 360 view of the Rangeley Lakes Region at the top from the old fire tower. Trail maintained fairly well so you can avoid muddy areas. Top 1/3 of the hike is the steepest, a lot of granite surface, would be a bit slick if wet.

Great views from the tower on the peak.

Harder climb because of patches of ice and snow near the already challenging top. Fire tower climb at the end was amazing!

I hiked this trail with my family and it was fantastic! I would highly recommend it for anyone who is in the area.

on Bald Mountain Trail

hiking
3 months ago

The view is always great once at the top, summer or winter! You have two different access to this trail. You can rather start in the parking lot of the Hayes Landing in Oquossoc (will be in a left inside on Rd 4, before you reach Bald Mountain Rd), or you can start right at the bottom of the mountain, on Bald Mountain Rd (will be on a left inside on Bald Mountain Rd, a little bit after you pass Bald Mountain Camps). I regularly hike this trail and kinda prefer the first access. The beginning of the trail is therefore mostly flat and it gives you a chance to warm up before you start going up!

Beautiful panoramic views at the top! The trail is a modest incline most of the way. The snow was well-packed and easy to walk on. Once the incline steepens, there is a lot of ice that makes the trail more challenging (I assume this would normally be boulder-ridden, but this time of year you can’t see them). Micro spikes or poles would be worth it over these sections as snow melts daily from the sun and refreezes. In the winter, the trail parking lot is not cleared. You can park on the road safely (it is not heavily trafficked). The trail is short, but plan time to climb the fire tower and enjoy the views. There is a picnic table at the top to sit and refuel. There are also several stream crossings early on for water.

Awesome short hike. Went in March, so the trail was completely covered in ice and snow. The waterfalls and river frozen over made for an incredible sight. We were lucky that snowshoe tracks made navigating the trail less slippery, but there are plenty of trees along the route to grab on to when balance feels precarious. If you’ve never seen the trail in winter, it is definitely worthwhile!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful and crisp day to view the falls and gorge after a snowfall.

The climb is always worth it.. beautiful views once we reached the top. Definitely didn't wear the right shoes for snow/ice. Not a hard hike per say but very slippery in areas. Fun to see all the tracks in the snow on the way up. Wish we would've started the trail earlier to enjoy the view up top longer. Incredible. A few in our group didn't make it all the way due to the slick conditions (child in a backpack child carrier... better safe than sorry). Definitely want to come back in the summer/fall!

great hike. love the different array of peaks you can see when out at the horn.

on Bald Mountain Trail

8 months ago

It was pretty slick after a lot of rain but the view at the top was definitely worth it!

Challenging

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike. Awesome views at top!!

10 months ago

Great hike. Awesome views from a great sturdy tower.

hiking
10 months ago

This hike is amazing if you can do it. Most of the trail is roots and dirt, though towards the top there are some boulders to climb over. I say they are easier to climb up than to navigate down. When you reach the top, don't expect it to be "bald" it's very wooded, but when you climb the fire tower, man that was amazing. You could even see mount Washington.

This trail starts out pretty easy and is well marked and well worn but it gets rather gnarly towards the end, tricky roots, slick granite boulders, mid when it's wet but you are rewarded with a fire tower view at the end! I don't know how it is most of the time but I was surprised to see so many people on this trail.

was good

great hike with beautiful views

My favorite place to swim, not usually crowded and so much to explore! The water is super cold unfortunately, but so worth it!

hiking
11 months ago

The Bald Mountain Trail is one you will not want to miss. It's a short hike, 1.3 miles out and 1.3 miles back, that is only steep (though very steep) as you summit the mountain. The views at the top of the fire tower are some of the best I have ever seen. I did this on July 4th, so the trail was crowded, but there are 2 parking areas, one off Bald Mountain Road (just past Oquossoc) and one off Route 4. The elevation and temperatures in the 60s kept the bugs to a minimum. My very agile dog accompanied me and found a spot to drink, but it had rained a significant amount the days prior, and so the trail was extremely muddy. Normally I'd say bring some water if you bring the pooch. You may also want to plan for the fire tower, as most of the other dogs there were too afraid to climb it. i will do this hike again.

hiking
11 months ago

Grew up with this trail in my back yard. Use to hike it before it was open to the public. This trail is definitely one of the best places to visit two waterfalls in the Rangeley area.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

This was a really neat trail, mostly walking with minimal vertical challenge. It was rather muddy when we went but we stayed within sight of the blue markers and had no troubles at all. The fire tower was really cool and a very stable structure. Picnic tables at the clearing of the top of the trail, perfect to take in the view and refuel before heading back down. Great little morning hike!

fishing
Friday, January 27, 2017

One of my favorite trails in the Rangeley Region! Feature several waterfall drops, awesome fly-fishing and some great swimming holes!

This is quite a hike from Main Lodge to the Summit. Decent terrain but quite a steady up hill incline up the ski trails as you can imagine, approx. a mile and a half near as I can find info on. Once at the top the views are incredible. It's then 1.7 over to the horn and 1.7 back. This section is much more difficult terrain with ledge and rock climbing. More like true hiking especially for that elevation. Took aN hour over to the horn and an hour back and we are decent hikers. The whole day took us 5 hours, stopping for lots of photos, laughing and catching our breath.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Very nice quick hike with decent views, like how close it is to rangeley.

hiking
Friday, September 09, 2016

Great hike!! The views are amazing. The climb at the top is rocky and a bit step in places. Well worth the climb.

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