Throughout the U.S. there are several mountains named Bald Mountain. New Hampshire has its fair share of peaks bearing this namesake, including the 2,140 ft. peak located off the Hammond Trail in the Mt. Chocorua region of the White Mountains. My attention was directed to this mountain by reports posted by Steve Smith in his Mountain Wandering Blog. (Click HERE for a link to one of his reports.)
My trek began at the trailhead for the Hammond Trail on Scott Road. I eventually left the trail to do a short bushwhack eastward to the ledges on Bald Mountain. As can be seen on the Google Earth image shown below, the trail comes very close to the ledges, but doesn't actually go over them.
|Google Earth image showing Bald Mountain and the Hammond Trail|
(Click to enlarge.)
From a historical perspective, the Hammond Trail is one of the oldest pathways in the Mt. Chocorua region. I think it has been around since the late 19th century. From reading descriptions of this trail in early 20th century trail guides, it appears that the ledges have never been incorporated into the routing for the Hammond Trail, nor has there ever been a spur trail leading to them.
My visit to Bald Mountain was a very pleasurable experience. I enjoyed the views, and relished the fact that it was a place that was new to me. It has generated ideas for yet other pioneering adventures in this same vicinity, which often happens when I visit a new location.
Shown below are some snapshots taken during my Bald Mountain journey.
|Ledges on Bald Mountain provide classic views of Mt. Chocorua, the Three Sisters and Carter Ledge rising above the Chocorua River valley|
|Zoomed view of Mt. Chocorua. (If you look very closely, you can see hikers standing atop this mountain on right side of summit cone)|
|From the rocky outcrop, you can see some of the other Bald Mountain ledges|
|One of these ledges has an interesting assortment of randomly scattered rocks|
|A vista that includes the Moats, Kearsarge North, peaks in the Green Hills|
|Looking southward toward Chocorua Lake and the Ossipees|
|An eastward view where Pleasant Mountain in Maine is seen on the distant horizon (right of center) rising above its surroundings|
|Zoomed view of Pleasant Mountain; Whitton Pond is in foreground|
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