A short hike that is a local favorite is Bald Mountain in Camden near the border with Hope. Not to be confused with Bald Rock Mountain, which is part of the Camden Hills State Park, Bald Mountain sits northwest of Ragged Mountain and the Camden Snow Bowl, with the trailhead just off Barnstown Rd. It is part of the Coastal Mountains Land Trust and the trail was built in 1997 as part of the Georges Highland Path network.
Bald is much larger than it appears from Rockport and as you gain elevation from the trailhead the summit ridge becomes clearly visible. The trail is marked with blue blazes and signs and is well maintained. There are a few short portions involving some easy scrambling up rocky slopes but overall it’s a fairly moderate hike. A section of the trail as you approach the summit has been relocated and about half of the small summit loop is closed to allow trail rehabilitation. This cuts out some of the length of the trail as seen on local maps and the total out and back I recorded was about 2 miles. Although it’s a short hike the views from the approximately 1276ft summit are fantastic. You see steeples, towns and farms to the west and Lake Megunticook and Penobscot Bay stretching out to the east. There is even a small kiosk near the summit looking east to help identify features on the horizon. Total round trip time was about an hour and a half, allowing plenty of time to stop at the best viewpoints to snap pictures and also to lounge in the sun at the summit for a bit.
Some additional notes: The trailhead’s info board usually has free maps but was empty when I was there. However, I had no problem following the trail without one. Also, there were warning signs urging you to have on your blaze orange as hunting is allowed in the Bald Mountain Preserve.
Report filed by Jeremy L./ staff member/ Maine Sport using a Delorme Earthmate PN-40 GPS unit.