Bald Mt Trail

Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire

Distance0.1mi
Elevation Gain73ft
Trailhead Elevation2,186ft
Top2,259ft
Elevation Min/Max2186/2259ft
Elevation Start/End2186/2186ft

Bald Mt Trail

Bald Mt Trail is a hiking trail in Franconia, New Hampshire. It is within Franconia Notch State Park. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 2,186 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 73 feet. The trail ends near Bald Mountain (elevation 2,238 feet). This trail connects with the following: Artist Bluff Trail.

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AMC's Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Robert N. Buchsbaum
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"Bald Mountain and Artist’s Bluff command great views of Franconia Notch for relatively little effort. This ideal family outing is short, has a well-defined goal, and begins and ends near Echo Lake, a picturesque swimming beach. Bald Mountain, the highest elevation on this trail, is only 2,340 feet; however, it is still a good idea to throw windbreakers in your pack, particularly if you plan to have a picnic at the summit. The trail, marked with red blazes, is fairly steep initially."
Snowshoe Routes: New England (The Mountaineers Books)
Diane Bair & Pamela Wright
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"We’ve classified this hike up Bald Mountain and around Artists Bluff in Franconia Notch State Park as easy. The distance is short, and the elevation gain of 340 feet is gradual and easy to manage. Best of all, the views are great for small effort and limited time. There is a bit of scrambling over the rocky ledges near the top (these can be slippery) and open cliffs. However, with a bit of caution, even families with small children in tow can do this short winter outing. Even if you don’t take in Cannon Mountain skiing, you’ll enjoy this quick snowshoe excursion."

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8/14/2010
Can a trail be both easier and harder than I thought? This one was. It was a pure walking hike. There were no rocks to climb over or scramble around (one of my favorite parts of mountain climbing.) That being said, it was an almost continuous ascent. There were very few, if any, flat parts to recover your breath.

The view from the top was beautiful. We had a nice rest eating our lunch sitting on what I assume was the forehead of the "Indian Head". Once at what you think is the top, make sure to go around the corner to the left for a tiny hike up to the true summit and views od the other side of the mountain.

There were many families with children of all ages as well as several large dogs. All seemd to be having a great time.

This was a great choice for our first climb in the "Whites."
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1/12/2008
We hiked the trail after a week of warming melted a lot of snow, so we did not bring poles or anything. The south-facing way up was entirely clear and gave us a quick ascent, but the decent of the loop was snow and ice all the way down, which slowed us considerably. Even so, it took 1.5 hour total and was a very nice hike.
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Trail Information

Franconia Notch State Park
Nearby City
Franconia Notch State Park
Parks
Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation
Local Contacts
AMC White Mountain Guide, Map 4:G4
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