Bald Mountain Loop Hike

HARD
#1 of 1 trails in Aitken State Forest
Bald Mountain Loop Hike is a 3 mile loop trail located near Rutland, VT and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from September until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.0 miles 826 feet Loop
dog friendly hiking
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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.

Brooke Mars
1 month ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

I got a little off track, only made it to 2 of the 4 vistas. going to try again in August and hopefully find some blueberries!

Faith Eaton
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Tom Jackson
5 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

I don't know how this is classified as hard, compared to what? Mt Moosilauke is hard; this trail is moderate at its most challenging sections. Great for a few hours in the afternoon with the family. I took my seven year old up this morning (11/29) and it was frosty toward the top. The wind was a bit much, so we didn't finish the whole loop. Definitely a trail I will frequent as I live in Rutland, but best done in late spring or early fall.

Jenna Elliott
10 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Mike Fogel
1 year ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Very nice little hike in the fall. (About 2 hours for two relatively in shape 30-something's hiking at a gentle pace with stops for lunch and photos). We went Oct 3rd, and had some nice foliage. It's a well-maintained trail and while there is no real peak (bald mountain is a total misnomer) there are 5 or 6 really nice little lookouts with lovely views. Definitely recommended. Also, the trail head is easy to find with good parking. Note that the trail starts at the kiosk/map.

Shelby Wischan
1 year ago

70 Completed30 Reviews

I really love hiking this loop.

Mark Chappell
3 years ago

8 Completed3 Reviews

Pretty easy hiking. When the trail forks, the right path leads directly to he peak, is a fairly easy (and often not pretty) .8 mile. The left fork is MUCH more interesting and scenic, but the arrows at the summit can be confusing when you come up this way. There are two arrows pointing away from the trail I first mentioned. If you hadn't come up that way, it's easy to miss it.
Despite the name "Bald Mountain", this is anything but. There are a few vistas, but they're fairly obscured by foliage. There's nothing special about the summit either.
The best part of this hike was the solitude - I didn't see anyone else there today (9/2/12 - Sunday before Labor Day).
One more thing - when you're on Notch rd, be aware that the pavement ends, and you'll see "Dead End" and "Bridge Out" signs. At the fork, when you have to choose between them, stay right toward the Dead End. You'll see the trailhead on the right.