Nice loop hike with many vistas, lots of blueberries in August
The Bald Mountain Trail is noted for its
vistas, blueberries, and wildflowers. Four vistas located at
rock promontories along the trail offer panoramic
views of the Green Mountain range, Otter Creek and
Cold River valleys, as well as Rutland City. The East Loop is 3.3 miles long and the West Loop or Lower Loop is 0.9 miles. The hike has mostly moderate grades with a few steep decents on the West Loop and the end of the East Loop.
From the intersection of US 4 and Rte 7 in Rutland, VT follow Main St. south a short distance until the intersection with Killington Ave., turn left onto Killington Ave. and follow 1.8 miles east to the end at the junction of Townline Rd. and Notch Rd., turn right on Notch Rd and follow (turns to dirt at 1.5 mi), continue to a fork in the road at 1.9 mi, Wheelerville Rd. departs left, bear right and the trailhead is just a short distance. The Aitken State Forest sign is on the right and parking is on the left.
Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation, Lisa Thornton 802-786-3858