Summary: The Bald Mountain Trail is noted for its
vistas, blueberries, and wildflowers. Four vistas located at
rock promontories along the trail offer panoramic
views of the Green Mountain range, Otter Creek and
Cold River valleys, as well as Rutland City. The East Loop is 3.3 miles long and the West Loop or Lower Loop is 0.9 miles. The hike has mostly moderate grades with a few steep decents on the West Loop and the end of the East Loop.
Trailhead: From the intersection of US 4 and Rte 7 in Rutland, VT follow Main St. south a short distance until the intersection with Killington Ave., turn left onto Killington Ave. and follow 1.8 miles east to the end at the junction of Townline Rd. and Notch Rd., turn right on Notch Rd and follow (turns to dirt at 1.5 mi), continue to a fork in the road at 1.9 mi, Wheelerville Rd. departs left, bear right and the trailhead is just a short distance. The Aitken State Forest sign is on the right and parking is on the left. (Lat:43.58974 Lon:-72.91047)
Trail Guides for Bald Mountain Loop Hike:
Day Hikers Guide to Vermont
by Green Mountain Club (Electric Dragon Productions)
Best Seasons: Fall, Summer, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation, Lisa Thornton 802-786-3858
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by John Predom, who has posted 8 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews Submit your own review
Reviewed by ChristopherB on 8/18/2012
I think I had higher expectations for the vistas. For the most part I had to stand in order to see anything because of the trees surrounding each one. But what I could see was lovely, and the hike was super with birds-o-plenty and a wide variety of terrain and plants.
Reviewed by GMM on 7/27/2011
Hiked this in July 2011. Trailhead easy to find, but had to ask some locals. They were super helpful. It ended up being a 8.25 mile hike with plenty of White Rocks as the trail name implies. The views from the top were GREAT!! Pack your bug spray in the summer. Mosquitoes can be relentless.
Reviewed by Amanda on 9/5/2010
Did the whole loop on September 4th. We drove from Hartford, CT. The directions on this page were very easy to follow & we found it without problem. The trail is awesome...it was a Sunday afternoon & it seemed like we were the only ones out there. We didn't see many flowers, blueberries, or birds, but we dd very much enjoy all the great views! It took us about 4 hours to get through because we kept stopping in awe. Bring water & snacks..the trail gets a little steep at times, but all in all a super great hike!
Reviewed by Chris L. on 8/11/2009
Hiked on 8/9/09 in some light drizzle and fog. Trail is in good condition and in a wooded setting. Definitely a moderate hike, not too steep, yet consistent grade. First lookout on eastern side(loop)is really nice. The Cold River vista is quite overgrown. Returned to trailhead after this. A good hike.
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