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Bald Pate Mountain|
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!
Getting To Trailhead:
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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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