While both North and South Baldface top out at less than 4,000 feet, this hike near Evans Notch contains a long stretch of hiking over open ledges. It is somewhat removed from the traditional hiking centers in the White Mountains and thus receives far less foot traffic than trails in the Presidential Range, Pemigewasset Wilderness Area, and Franconia Notch.
It does attract some hikers, though, because the views over the Wild River valley to the Carter Range and Mount Washington are spectacular. This is a difficult hike with substantial exposure that creates dangerous conditions in bad weather. One crossing of Charles Brook can be treacherous in high water. In good weather, however, this is one of the best loop hikes in New England.
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