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Bald Top
West Fairlee, VT, Fairlee, VT

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Cross Rivendell Trail on the way to Bald Top
Looking up the Cross Rivendell Trail on the way to Bald Top

Route: Cross Rivendell Trail

After hiking in the Breadloaf area, I decided to check out another new-to-me peak in Vermont.

This section of the Cross Rivendell Trail started off as an old farm road with excellent footing. Awhile later, it turned off into the woods and became more of a trail proper, still with great footing. There weren't any particularly steep areas, thanks to switchbacks, however there was still enough to get the heart beating in the hot and humid weather.

Nearing the grassy summit, the trail rejoined a grassy road. The summit area featured hazy views in multiple directions - I suspect it would be a really nice place to visit on a crisp, late autumn day. While I probably found the highpoint on the north knob of the summit, I didn't bother to bushwhack to the actual highpoint on the southern knob (perhaps about 14 feet taller).

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, June 27, 2010
Hike Commenced: 4:11 PM
Parking Elevation: 840'
Destination: Bald Top
Ascent Commenced: 4:11 PM
Summit Reached: 4:52 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:41
Trailhead Elevation: 840'
Summit Elevation: 1,776'
Distance: 1.9 miles
Vertical Gain: 986'
Hike Ended: 5:36 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:25
Hike Distance: 3.8 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,036'

The Cross Rivendell Trail trailhead on Blood Brook Road
The Cross Rivendell Trail trailhead on Blood Brook Road

Hazy views from Bald Top - Click to enlarge
Hazy views from Bald Top

Topographic map of Bald Top

Directions to trailhead: Take US 5 South from Fairlee. Take a right onto Route 244. Upon reaching the shore of Lake Fairlee, take a right onto Blood Brook Road. The Cross Rivendell Trail crossings this road just past a horse farm. The gated trail on the right leads to Bald Top. There is limited roadside room for parking.

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