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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Bald Mountain
Tamworth, NH, Albany, NH

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

Route: Hammond Trail, bushwhack, (Bald Mountain), bushwhack, Hammond Trail

Not wanting to do much driving or be out too late, I opted to stay local and do a quick hike up to Bald Mountain.

While the Hammond Trail was fairly dry, the mosquitoes were out for blood down low. The middle portion of the hike was relatively bug free, however. Reaching the first height of land on the Hammond Trail, marked with two boulders, I bushwhacked to the summit of Bald Mountain.

While I was tempted to linger for awhile, the vicious black flies put an end to that idea. As such, I headed back to the Hammond Trail, then jogged the lower portion to avoid donating more blood to the mosquitoes.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: May 24, 2010
Hike Commenced: 4:32 PM
Parking Elevation: 600'
Destination: Bald Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:32 PM
Summit Reached: 5:19 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:47
Trailhead Elevation: 600'
Summit Elevation: 2,140'
Vertical Gain: 1,620'
Hike Ended: 6:11 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:39
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,700'

The Hammond Trail trailhead
The Hammond Trail trailhead

Looking at Mt. Chocorua, the Three Sisters, and Carter Ledge from Bald Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Chocorua, the Three Sisters, and Carter Ledge from Bald Mountain

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 north from West Ossipee. Shortly after passing Chocorua Lake, take a left onto Scott Road (very small sign, large boulder on the right side of Route 16 at the junction). Head down the dirt road. The Hammond Trail mini parking lot and trailhead will be on the right.

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