Bald Rock Mountain Trail

Camden, Maine 4843

Bald Rock Mountain Trail

Bald Rock Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide

"An excellent summit hike to open ledges with magnificent views overlooking Penobscot Bay. Bald Rock Mountain’s open, ledgy summit provides some of the best views within Camden Hills State Park. On a clear day, there are sweeping vistas of West Penobscot Bay from east of Camden to Deer Isle.

At 1,100 feet, it is among the highest mountains in the park, yet the modest grade to the top makes it a perfect hike for families."

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"A day hike to the summit of a mountain overlooking the upper reaches of Penobscot Bay. The view from the summit is spectacular, and the trail is never crowded. In winter, the Ski Shelter Trail is used for cross-country skiing.

A shelter near the summit is suitable for an overnight stay. Check with park officials before planning an overnight trip. General location: Camden Hills State Park west of Lincolnville Beach and north of Camden in Knox and Waldo Counties, midcoast Maine."

"The open rock summit of Bald Rock Mountain has views as fine as any in the Camden Hills, yet you are unlikely to see another hiker on the trail. From the summit you have a sweeping view of Penobscot Bay and its islands. Beyond the bay you can see Blue Hill and the mountains of Mount Desert Island.

The Bald Rock Trail climbs away from the Multi-Use Trail and into a rocky evergreen forest. As you near the summit, the mature evergreens give way to stunted birch and spruce, exposed bedrock, and blueberry bushes. A short side trail climbs the rock to the open summit. From the summit you have an unobstructed view of Penobscot Bay with Islesboro in the foreground."

"On the hike to Bald Rock Mountain, the end more than justifies the means. Although the initial mile or so along the gravel road may become monotonous for the little guys, the foot trail engages hikers on its final 0.5-mile climb to the summit with splendid views and— TA-DAH!—a rustic shelter for overnight camping.

Because the climb to the mountaintop is not too arduous, this makes a perfect first campout for younger kids. Follow the rugged Multi-Use Trail through mixed woods. It may take some effort to maintain the kids’ enthusiasm along this lengthy and rather uneventful stretch of road."

"One of the finest ocean views in New England, Bald Rock Mountain is an excellent hiking option any time of the year. The summit’s open ledges, while shielded to the north, provide an awesome scene of Penobscot Bay’s icy blue waters, countless dark green islands, and the rocky peaks of Acadia National Park in the distance. Accessible by two gradual trails, Bald Rock is an ideal choice for family outings in any season."

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7/16/2018
This is an easy to moderate trail, well-marked, with amazing views. There are some steep sections but it is generally not a difficult hike. Pack a lunch and enjoy the sweet summit panoramic views of Penobscot Bay and all of the islands. There's a lot of loveliness to be seen here. Camden Hills State Park is one of my absolute favorite places.
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8/1/2012
Really fun hike, can easily be combined with Frohock Mountain to make a nice loop. Awesome views from the summit, plus there is a lean-to shelter and an outhouse up there.
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6/13/2009
We hiked Bald Rock mtn. for the second time. The first part of the trail was a little uneventful. When you get off the dirt rd. and onto the trail it starts to get better. It’s a slow steady climb with no real views along the way but once you get to the top the view is fantastic! Well worth the effort! A great getting in shape hike, one I would love to do early in the morning on a clear day to see the sunrise. (If that’s possible on the Maine coast)
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7/18/2006
Since this is the first report on this trail I'll try and be detailed. First of all the Trail Guide was pretty accurate in all respects, no corrections. The trail is a fire road for about 2/3 of the distance, something that I don't really like. I enjoy singletrack much more. But if you have several people or a bunch of kids this aspect could be very appealing. A few hundred yards into the hike there is a trail marker to somewhere I forget, but it is not the one to take. Stay on the road for at least 1.25 miles. The trail to Bald Rock is well marked, and off to the left. No technical difficulties on the trail. A little steep in places, and in wet weather could easily have some slick spots. Lots of roots so good boots are a must. The main attraction of the trail is the view from up top. I wish I could tell you how it was, but the fog was in that day. I imagine this hike would be best if done early in the morning. I'd like to return and start around 4 am and be on top around sunrise.
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Trail Information

Camden
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3.6
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Camden Hills State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Lincolnville
Local Maps

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Sep 2018