Bald Mountain

Hiking Bald Mountain

Another Sunday in June, another hike. For this hike I decided to head up to Bald Mountain outside of Old Forge, NY. I’ve climbed it once when I did the Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge and really wanted to go back but the two hour drive always held me back. With a Sunday of nothing planned, I decided to head out.

I arrived at the trailhead around 1 p.m. The parking lot had quite of few cars in it which I was expecting being the start of Summer. I signed in at the log book and began the approximately one mile hike. Most of the hike up Bald Mountain is along a spine of rock. That’s the best way I can describe it.  The trail is well marked and easy to follow. There are a couple little herd paths where you can see people went around one way verse another but they usually meet back up at the same spot. The hike to the summit only took me about a half an hour.

Summit of Bald Mountain

Arriving at the summit of Bald Mountain, there were about a dozen people enjoying the view. One group was in the tower, another couple groups were packing their bags, and a couple who probably just started dating as they looked nervous around one another. I found a nice spot on the summit and had my lunch. Typical Stewart’s sandwich and a Gatorade which I got on the drive.

I waited my turn to go up in the tower. It’s not to high, just enough to get over the trees. The main view faced south which has lots of smaller hills and Fourth Lake. The tower itself is still in pretty good shape. I spent a little bit of time up there taking pictures and taking in the view. It was amazing. Another group eventually showed up so I headed down so they could climb up the tower. I still wanted to get some more pictures of the tower itself so I spent some more time getting external shots.

The hike down was uneventful. I passed quite a few groups heading to the summit. Overall it was a fantastic day, weather was perfect and lots of blue skies. Couldn’t ask for a better day.

Photos of Bald Mountain

Jonathan Volks

About The Author

Jonathan Volks is currently a Web Programmer at Skidmore College in Upstate New York. Where he maintains Skidmore's main website and builds custom web applications to support Marketing and Communications needs. In his free time, Jonathan likes to travel to the Adirondacks and hike along the thousands of miles of trails the park has to offer. He has completed the Fire Tower Challenge (30/30) and is currently working on the Saranac Lake 6er (2/6) and the 46 High Peaks (12/46).