Adirondack Secret #302... Many of the lower peaks with shorter hikers have AMAZING views.
Bald Mountain demonstrates this assertion at just under 2 miles roundtrip. Have new gear or kids? This is a great place to test your gear (or kids). Get your head nod and smile ready as this is a popular trail, and for good reason!
From the summit, climb the Rondaxe Fire Tower for epic panoramic views of the Fulton Chain of Lakes, Blue Mountain and some of the High Peaks (including Mt. Marcy).
Once back to the trailhead, consider adding close by Rocky Mountain for additional mileage or head directly to Fulton Chain Craft Brewery for a Flooded Tent, a cucumber lime saison, or if you’re lucky, a Go Fluff Yourself, Peanut and Fluff Ale.
Distance: 1.9 Mile Roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 416 Feet
Route Type: Out and Back
Trailhead: North of Old Forge off NY RT 28, turn left on Rondaxe Road.
The total distance to hike to the summit of Bald Mountain is just under a mile and the ascent is about 500 feet to reach the 2350 foot summit.
The start of the hike is a deceptively easy walk in the woods, but fairly soon you come to the steepest section where you climb a widely eroded trail up onto the top of the descending ridge.
Soon after you begin to top out you come to the first of several intermediate view points. After that the trail follows the spine of the ridge with a few minor ups and downs. This ridge top trail is over bed rock much of the way, and portions of that bed rock are relatively pointed little ridgettes with less that a foot wide path on the top. For those who find this psychologically uncomfortable, there are herd paths down in the woods by which you can skirt the most challenging sections.
The Rondaxe Fire Tower, located on the summit, has been restored so that you can climb up for the best views. The summit area is open, quite long and can easily accommodate a large number of hikers. Don't expect to be alone during this nearly two mile round trip hike, as it is a very popular hike.
There are fantastic views from the fire tower, but also from the many view points along the trail. You don't need to climb the fire tower to enjoy the views.
Hours: Open 7 days a week 11am-11pm
Address: 127 North Street, Old Forge, NY 13420
The Fulton Chain Craft Brewery is a New York State farm brewery founded in 2014 by Justin Staskiewicz and Richard Mathy.
Their goal is to use locally sourced ingredients to give their customers a truly Adirondack beer experience.
With up to 10 different beers on tap, there is a great chance you are going to fall in love with at least one of them.
Stop by for a pint and enjoy the brewery's Adirondack tap room, Cheers!
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