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Bald Mountain Out-and-Back

Intermediate
 5.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A short run to get quick views of Cannon Mountain and the Franconia Range (particularly Mount Lafayette).


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Map Key

0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

67%

Runnable

2,309' 704 m

High

2,066' 630 m

Low

243' 74 m

Up

243' 74 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Views

Overview

This is part of a larger loop to include Artists Bluff, but if time doesn't allow for the longer loop, this will give you a better view in a very short time. Three are rock scrambles on this route that make this route more challenging than a run on a path, but they are short and the views rewarding.

Description

Start from the ample parking at the trailhead. The trail quickly starts ascending at a moderate rate to the col, where the spur to Bald Mountain joins from the left.

Once you turn left, the trail levels off for a short while before it starts climbing rapidly through a short scramble, a switchback, and then a longer scramble in the final approach to the summit. Scrambles are not technically challenging and younger children can often be found on this trail.

The summit provides excellent breezy views of Franconia Notch.

Shared By:

Joshua Wharton

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#22

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#2,016

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Cannon Mountain, Echo Lake, and Franconia Notch from the top of Bald Mountain.
Jul 14, 2020 near Franconia, NH
Scrambling up to the summit of Bald Mountain
Jul 14, 2020 near Franconia, NH
Bald Mountain.
Dec 14, 2017 near Franconia, NH
View from Bald Mountain, Franconia (494073)
Dec 14, 2017 near Franconia, NH
View from Bald Mountain, Franconia (494054)
Dec 14, 2017 near Franconia, NH
Sign at the beginning of the Bald Mountain Spur
Jul 14, 2020 near Franconia, NH

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