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Bald Peak Trail

  Hadlock Ponds from Bald Peak
Says Kevin Corcoran

Looking southwest from Bald summit
Says Kevin Corcoran

Summit of Bald (foreground) with Parkman just beyond
Says Kevin Corcoran

Bald Peak, located in Acadia National Park, is one of a cluster of four open-summit peaks; Sargent, Gilmore, Parkman and Bald. There are a few different approaches to Bald, with the most popular likely being from the south, via the parking area off
    of Route 3, just north of Upper Hadlock Pond. From Route 3 you can get to the top of this neat little peak after only a one mile hike.

I climbed Bald Peak via a somewhat unorthodox route. I first accessed the Sargent Mountain
North Ridge Trail, which climbs the northwest flank of Sargent, by biking 5. 2 miles from Eagle Lake. I started the bike ride at the parking lot on the north side of Route 233, just north of Eagle Lake. The bike ride on this particular carriage road was rather challenging, with several fairly steep, long grades that forced me to walk the bike in a couple of places. Still, the combination of biking and hiking was very enjoyable.

After locking my bike to a
tree at the point where the carriage road intersects the Sargent Mountain North Ridge Trail, I ascended the 0. 7 miles to the top of Sargent; the 2nd highest mountain in Acadia. From the top of Sargent, I then tood the Grandgent Trail southwest for 0. 6 miles to reach the top of Gilmore Peak. After taking in the very pretty views from Gilmore, I continued west for 1/2 mile to the summit of Parkman. After getting up Parkman, I scrambled over to Bald Peak, on a scenic little trail that is only 1/3 of a mile long. After taking in the terrific views from Bald, I then returned to Parkman and descended back to the bike trail/carriage road via the trail that climbs the north side of Parkman. This left me with a pleasant 0. 7 mile walk on the bike trail back to my starting point where I retrieved my bicycle. This probably sounds a bit confusing, but looking at a map it all makes sense, and it makes for a superb three hours of hiking over a distance of about three miles. That's correct; four rewarding little mountains in three miles of hiking, plus about 11 miles of biking.

The summit of Bald presents the hiker with striking views of Upper and Lower Hadlock Ponds, the scenic little fishing village of Northeast Harbor, the Harbor itself, and about 3 1/2 miles distant, the Atlantic Ocean. The hiker also gets a great look at Norumbega Mountain to the southwest, in addition to Bald's three companion peaks; Parkman, Gilmore and Sargent. Cedar Swamp Mountain and Penobscot Mountain are also prominent in the view to the southeast and east, respectively.

If you've arrived at Bald Mountain from the south, you might as well take the 1/3 of a mile jaunt northwest over to Parkman for a slightly different pespective on all the sights noted above. And when you return from Parkman, you'll have the option of taking the Parkman Mountain Trail back to your starting point on Route 3, instead of retracing your route on the Bald Mountain Trail.

Whether or not you venture over to Parkman or any of the other nearby peaks, Bald Mountain will be reward enough, especially for such a short hike.
Says Kevin Corcoran






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 Trails Near Bald Peak Trail:
Parkman Mountain Trail, Hancock County , 0 miles away
Sargent Mountain Trail, Hancock County , 1 miles away
Acadia Mountain Trail, Hancock County , 2 miles away
Valley Peak Trail, Hancock County , 3 miles away
Conners Nubble Trail, Hancock County , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bald Peak Trail:
Camp Store, Mount Desert , 1 miles away
Mt Desert Campground, Mount Desert , 1 miles away
Mount Desert Campground, Hancock County , 3 miles away
Smuggler's Den Campground, Southwest Harbor , 3 miles away
Seawall Campground, Hancock County , 4 miles away
 Whitewater Near Bald Peak Trail:
Union River, Hancock County , 16 miles away, Class I-II - 0.5 miles long (Ellsworth Falls to Ellsworth)
Blue Hill Falls, Hancock County , 19 miles away, Class III - 1 miles long (Route 175 - Tidal Reversing Falls)
Branch Lake Stream, Hancock County , 19 miles away, Class III-V - 4 miles long (Branch Lake to Infant Street in Ellsworth)
Tannery Brook River, Hancock County , 22 miles away, Class I-III - 4.5 miles long (Route 180 to Graham Lake)
Narraguagus River - West Branch, Hancock Washington County , 27 miles away, Class II-III - 14 miles long (Denbow Peat Mine to Sprague Falls 1)
 Public Lands Near Bald Peak Trail:
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor - ME , 6 miles away
Maine Acadian Culture, Bar Harbor - ME , 6 miles away
Lamoine State Park, Maine , 6 miles away
Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park, Maine , 35 miles away
Fort Point State Park, Maine , 37 miles away
 Hotels Near Bald Peak Trail:
Asticou Inn, Northeast Harbor , 2 miles away
Kimball Terrace Inn Northeast, Northeast Harbor , 2 miles away
Bar Harbor Villager Motel, Bar Harbor , 3 miles away
Best Western Acadia Park Inn, Bar Harbor , 5 miles away
Days Inn Bar Harbor, Bar Harbor , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Bald Peak Trail
Jones Pond, Hancock County , 15 miles away
Morancy Pond, Hancock County , 15 miles away

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