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Bald Mountain
Franconia, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the spur trail to Bald Mountain
Looking up the spur trail to Bald Mountain

Route: Bald Mountain-Artist's Bluff Path, spur trail, (Bald Mountain), spur trail, Bald Mountain-Artist's Bluff Path

After hiking Mt. Flume and Mt. Liberty, I was heading north on I-93 so that I could reverse direction and head back south. As I approached the first turn around exit, I decided to go to the next exit and do a quick hike up to Bald Mountain.

After walking across the ski area parking lot, I quickly set foot up the Bald Mountain-Artist's Bluff Path, which was really more of an old road. Soon reaching the col, I took a left onto the spur path to Bald Mountain. While the grades had been easy to moderate at this point, there were a few short, very minor scrambles necessary to get up to teh top of Bald Mountain.

The views from the top were great, ranging from the northeast to the west. Particularly on display were the Cannon and Mittersill ski areas.

I didn't really feel like doing the full loop, so I returned the same way and called it a day.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, September 11, 2008
Hike Commenced: 1:43 PM
Parking Elevation: 2,000'
Destination: Bald Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 1:44 PM
Summit Reached: 1:53 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:09
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000'
Summit Elevation: 2,340'
Distance: .4 mile
Vertical Gain: 345'
Hike Ended: 2:07 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:24
Hike Distance: .8 mile
Hike Vertical Gain: 350'

The Bald Mountain-Artist's Bluff Path trailhead
The Bald Mountain-Artist's Bluff Path trailhead

Looking at Mt. Lafayette from the Bald Mountain summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Lafayette from the Bald Mountain summit

Topographic map of Bald Mountain

Directions to trailhead: Take I-93 North to the Cannon Mountain (Peabody Slopes, not the Tramway) exit. Directly across from the main Cannon entrance, there is an off-season hiker parking area along the road. The trailhead is at the back of the (fenced off in the off-season) large parking lot.

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