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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.
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."
--Ty Wivell, Discover Maine (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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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."
--Tom Seymour, Hiking Maine (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Greg Westrich, Best Easy Day Hikes Camden (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr, Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Jeffrey Romano, 100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books).
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