Long Pond Trail/Bald Mountain

Westmore, VT

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Located in the Town of Westmore, Bald Mountain is the third highest peak in the Northeast Kingdom and provides one of the best views of the region from its recently restored fire tower. The summit of Bald Mountain is accessed by three hiking trails: the Telegraph Trail, the Mad Brook Trail and the Long Pond Trail, although the Telegraph is seldom used and is in disrepair. The two most heavily used trails, the Mad Brook (north) and Long Pond (south) Trails, are maintained by the Westmore Association, the Northeast Kingdom Conservation Service Corps and volunteers with the Green Mountain Club. The recent acquisition by the State of Vermont of the summit property on Bald Mountain, including the Fire Lookout’s Cabin, Tower and much of the upper Mad Brook Trail, and its subsequent inclusion in the Willoughby State Forest led to significant restoration work on the Mad Brook and Long Pond Trails in recent years as well as the complete renovation of the historic summit fire tower.

Long Pond Trail: Approaching the summit of Bald Mountain from the southwest, Long Pond Trail begins approximately 350-feet east of the Long Pond fishing access on Long Pond Road, 2 miles east of Vermont Route 5A. The blue-blazed trail leaves the parking area and follows a gated logging road, bearing right at a junction and climbing moderately to an open log landing. After it leaves the far right corner of the log landing the trail soon turns left into the woods where it again follows an old woods trail for a short distance before turning eastward onto a well-worn path. The trail continues through open hardwoods, crossing some small streams and then climbing more steadily into the subalpine spruce-fir forest. After climbing several steep pitches and passing some rock outcroppings the trail soon emerges on the mountain summit. SUMMARY: Road to summit, approx. 2.1 mi.; 1250 ft. ascent; 2 1/2 hr. (Rev. 1 1/4 hr.).

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