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Bald Mountain + Rondaxe Fire Tower

Adirondacks, New York

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  • The access sign to Bald Mountain.- Bald Mountain + Rondaxe Fire Tower
  • The trail register provides some of the history of the Rondaxe Fire Tower.- Bald Mountain + Rondaxe Fire Tower
  • The trail is marked with red markers.- Bald Mountain + Rondaxe Fire Tower
  • The trail soon climbs steeply over exposed bedrock.- Bald Mountain + Rondaxe Fire Tower
  • The trail follows natural ridges.- Bald Mountain + Rondaxe Fire Tower
  • Tree roots form natural ladders.- Bald Mountain + Rondaxe Fire Tower
  • Great views from an intermediate viewpoint.- Bald Mountain + Rondaxe Fire Tower
  • The bedrock makes an interesting trail full of character.- Bald Mountain + Rondaxe Fire Tower
  • As hikers approach the summit, the forest falls away.- Bald Mountain + Rondaxe Fire Tower
  • A few wildflowers near the summit.- Bald Mountain + Rondaxe Fire Tower
  • The Rondaxe Fire Tower is the signature feature of this hike.- Bald Mountain + Rondaxe Fire Tower
  • Views from the cabin of the fire tower.- Bald Mountain + Rondaxe Fire Tower
  • Looking down on the summit of Bald Mountain.- Bald Mountain + Rondaxe Fire Tower
  • - Bald Mountain + Rondaxe Fire Tower
  • - Bald Mountain + Rondaxe Fire Tower
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Pros: 
Great views. Easy access. Family friendly.
Cons: 
Often crowded. Road noise at the top.
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Region:
Adirondacks, NY
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
500.00 ft (152.40 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.00 mi (0.00 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,850.00 ft (563.88 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Bald Mountain is a popular hike just outside of Old Forge with a short climb and a BIG view. The trail begins climbing slowly at first, but it climbs quickly after reaching the first bedrock slope. Most of the trail continues along these bald patches of rock, with clumps of roots providing natural footholds. The trail alternates between steep climbs and rolling terrain until the first opening in the trees reveals a view of the surrounding lakes and hills. Continuing up the trail, hikers will find more bedrock climbs and some unique “fins” to traverse. Just after the forest opens up once again, the fire tower comes into view at the summit.

Great views abound, and they only improve from the cabin of the fire tower. The mostly flat rocks near the base of the fire tower create an inviting place to picnic, but do be aware that the edge of the mountain is abrupt.

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