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Baldpate Mountain - West Peak, Baldpate Mountain - East Peak
Grafton, ME

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Appalachian Trail on the way to West Baldpate
Looking up the Appalachian Trail on the way to West Baldpate

Route: Appalachian Trail

Trail alternated between dry, minor mud, and slippery ledge. A few areas of extended erosion on the way up West Baldpate require careful stepping. My first time up since they opened the new stairs (hundreds of rock steps)...much better than the old, severely eroded stretch. Ledges on the way up East Baldpate were mostly dry.

Brisk, cool weather on the summits. Isolated areas of early fall foliage colors.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Baldpate Mountain - West Peak
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Baldpate Mountain - East Peak
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, September 7, 2014
Parking Elevation: 1,496'
Destination: Baldpate Mountain - West Peak
Time Elapsed: 01:41
Trailhead Elevation: 1,500'
Summit Elevation: 3,662'
Vertical Gain: 2,482'
Destination: Baldpate Mountain - East Peak
Time Elapsed: 00:33
Trailhead Elevation: 3,662'
Summit Elevation: 3,780'
Distance: 0.9 mile
Vertical Gain: 380'
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:47
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,448'


The Appalachian Trail trailhead
The Appalachian Trail trailhead

Looking east toward Mt. Blue from near the summit of West Baldpate - Click to enlarge
Looking east toward Mt. Blue from near the summit of West Baldpate

Ascending East Baldpate
Ascending East Baldpate

Looking northwest at Lake Umbagog from East Baldpate - Click to enlarge
Looking northwest at Lake Umbagog from East Baldpate

Directions to trailhead: Take US 2 East to Route 26 North into Grafton Notch. The hiker parking area is just below The Eyebrow. The Appalachian Trail departs northbound across Route 26. There may be a parking fee.

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