Baldface Day Hike ( Advanced )
Hey all, this is my first attempt at being a Organizer of a hiking Meetup.So please bear with me :)
I have never done Baldface before but I really like loops! It is 2600 feet of elevation gain, so it will be a bit of a tiring day, depending on how much hiking you have done. As far as pace is concerned, nothing too crazy, but a lunch stop and water breaks for those who need them. There are some trickier scrambling sections, so those who are not comfortable with that should take that into consideration. While not super prevalent, there are some creek crossings involved. Seeing as it will be a day hike we don't want to stop too much, but the plan is not to cruise to the top and back down as quickly as possible. Since it is almost 10 miles, it would be good if those planning on coming have done longer day hikes, or are experienced enough to know how much energy it takes!
I usually bring enough water for myself, which is about 3 or 4 liters, but if anyone has a filter or tablets pack em up and bring them! Goes without saying that H20 is super important, so we want to make sure we are covered before we leave from the trail head, no assumptions!
You must have the basic Hiking equipment.
Some stuff can be borrowed from other’s. I recommend a comment on the threads below your selected trip for available gear and carpooling etc..
Look to the gear list listed at our group page.
Click "Gear List – Hiking
I live in Brookline, and have a "five" seater (Jetta), if people in the back squish. Leave around 6:00am (give or take 15 minutes for latecomers) and get up there a little before 9:00am. Then drive back at 5:00pm or 6:00pm, depending on how long it takes. So a longer day, but should be fun.
Directions: From Conway NH, head east on 302/113 to Fryeburg ME, where 113 North takes a sharp left (not well-marked, but if you see the sign for 5/113 South pointing right, backtrack a couple of blocks). Take route 113 (paved but bumpy) north about twenty miles. The small parking lot - plowed in winter- is on the right shortly after a huge brown sign.
Overview: This is a fantastic loop hike with several fun stream crossings and a lot of views at the top of both peaks and along the ridge. As their name implies both peaks have bald summits and in some steep places you may find yourself on fun scrambles. There will be fantastic views on clear days towards the taller White Mountains including Mt. Washington which dominates the horizon.
I copy and pasted the Overview and Directions from http://www.everytrail.com/guide/baldface-mountain.
Additional Details from summitpost.org/north-baldface-south-baldface/180510
"...The trailheads (except Slippery Brook's southern end) are outside the WMNF, so there is no parking fee.
The lower sections of the Baldface Circle Trail are on private land, so please stay on trail.
Within the WMNF, reasonable rules apply re: fires, litter, hunting, etc. See backcountry rules under camping."
Baldface Topo Quad Maphttp://www.mountainzone.com/mountains/detail.asp?fid=5904956
Some details from the link above (for North Baldface):
Peak Type: Summit
Elevation: 3,606 feet (1,099.11 m)
You always should have a clean set of cloths waiting in the car and some cash for some grub for the ride home.
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