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Bald Pate Mountain
Bridgton, ME

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.

Looking up the Pate Trail

Route: Micah Trail, South Face Loop Trail, Pate Trail, (Bald Pate Mountain), Pate Trail, South Face Loop Trail, Micah Trail

My original plan had been to hike Bald Pate Mountain - in Grafton Notch. A poor weather forecast changed that plan, so I decided to check out another Bald Pate Mountain, a small one located near Bridgton.

Considering the area had its own web site, I figured the trailhead would be easy to find. Fortunately I had taken a photo of the map provided on the web site, so I was able to pull out my camera and see that the trailhead was located a bit uphill from the end of the road.

The hike didn't start out that well - as soon as I parked, I had a deer fly flying around my truck. As I walked through the field and into the woods, I had more and more of those annoying things orbiting my head at warp speed. I considered turning around, but only after one last trick - putting a fern in my hat. I grabbed a rather large one and stuck it on the back of my hat - this seemed to confuse the deer flies enough to keep them from flying into me as much (and a few seemed to give up).

Soon, the cliff of Bald Pate Mountain was visible down the trail - this reminded me of the trail that leads to Square Ledge (near Passaconaway).

At the first trail junction (marked with a cairn and wooden blazes), I took a left, then took a right shortly thereafter onto the signed Pate Trail. While the hike up to this point had been gentle, things changed big time - steep, rocky foot, and soon, views! The views from the top of the cliff were tremendous - I intend to return on a nicer day to check them out again.

The trail continued to ascend steeply after the cliff, soon arriving at the summit. After signing in on the log, I checked out a few viewpoints, ate a few blueberries, and headed back down.

Certainly a neat little peak!


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Bald Pate Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, July 13, 2008
Hike Commenced: 9:47 AM
Parking Elevation: 640'
Destination: Bald Pate Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 9:47 AM
Summit Reached: 10:05 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:18
Trailhead Elevation: 640'
Summit Elevation: 1,150'
Vertical Gain: 540'
Hike Ended: 10:32 AM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:45
Hike Vertical Gain: 580'



The Micah Trail trailhead


Black-eyed susans at the Micah Trail trailhead


Looking southeast at Peabody Pond from the top of the cliff on Bald Pate Mountain




Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 East from Bridgton, then take a right onto Route 117 South. Take a left onto Route 107 South. Shortly after passing through the village of South Bridgton, take a left onto Moose Cove Lodge Road. The trailhead and parking lot are located on the left at the edge of a small field, just before the road descends toward the entrance of Camp Micah.

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