Bald Mountain

  

Bald Mountain

The Bald Mountain trail provides a path for visitors to access the Glastenbury Wilderness and the summit of Bald Mountain. From the Bennington side, after climbing several hundred feet, hikers will reach the “white rocks” (not to be confused with the White Rocks National Recreation Area 40 miles to the north). This rocky opening on the west side of Bald Mountain provides excellent views to the west.

Trail Information

Bennington Side

The west side of the Bald Mountain trail (nearer Bennington) travels 4 miles, with 2000' elevation change, to the junction of with the West Ridge Trail. The trail travels under a powerline, through a tunnel under Route 279 and then follows an old woods road before entering the Glastenbury Wilderness on the Green Mountain National Forest in approximately one mile. The trail then climbs several switch backs and reaches the white rocks in 2.8 miles. The junction with the West Ridge trail is approximately 1 mile beyond the white rocks vista. The trail is marked with blue blazes.

Woodford Side

The east side of the Bald Mountain trail (nearer Woodford)  travels 2 miles, with 1580' elevation change, to the junction of with the West Ridge Trail. The trail follows an old road that provides access for a few local camps and then at 0.3 miles, at the Forest Service boundary marked with red paint, turn left onto the trail. The trail climbs steadily and at 1.6 miles, the trail meets a spur trail leading to a seasonal spring at “Bear Wallow.” The trail reaches the West Ridge trail at 2 miles. The trail is marked with blue blazes.

Additional Resources

Bald Mountain Trail Brochure and Map

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: No horses, mountain bikes or motorized vehicles
Closest Towns: Food and Services: Bennington.  For all Emergencies: 911;        911 Information: The trailhead from Bennington is off North Branch Street Extension, Bennington.The trailhead from Woodford is off Harbor Road, Woodford.
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions:

For the trailhead leading out of Bennington:

From Route 7, take Kocher Drive, which is just north of downtown Bennington, east. Kocher Drive runs straight into North Branch Street Extension at a light. Follow North Branch Street to the trailhead parking lot. It will be just off the east side of the street near the powerlines. Please park perpendicular to the road in the expanded parking lot to maximize space.

From Rte 9, turn north on North Branch St., which is ¾ mile east of downtown Bennington. Turn right over a bridge onto N. Branch St. Ext. Follow North Branch Street to the trailhead parking lot. It will be just off the east side of the street near the powerlines. Please park perpendicular to the road in the expanded parking lot to maximize space.

For the trailhead leading from Woodford Hollow:

From Bennington, take Rte 9 for about 4.0 miles east to Harbor Road.Turn north onto Harbor Rd. and follow for 0.8 miles. At a concrete water tank, turn left off the road into an open area. The trailhead is found at the edge of the woods.

From the east, take Rte 9 west for 1.2 miles past the Appalachian/Long Trail crossing to Harbor Road. Turn north onto Harbor Rd. and follow for 0.8 miles. At a concrete water tank, turn left off the road into an open area. The trailhead is found at the edge of the woods.


Activities


Hiking

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Day Hiking

Hiking Trails - Average hike time: 4 ½ hrs. round trip from Bennington 2 ½ hrs. round trip from Woodford
Elevation descMax elevation change: 2160 ft. from Bennington 1580 ft. from Woodford
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Areas & Activities

Trail Partners on the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests



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