There is no hunting on Sundays and one or two other days in the week. 74 Trails. Bald Pate Mountain is a popular hunting area and blaze orange should be worn October-December. This lot is also for Fiddlers Creek Preserve. Also using the path now also marked as Summit direct from the pond. The Delaware River can be seen on a clear day. Pick up the description at the second to last step below. Straight is a direct route to the ridge trail and farm/pond and is the return route. /// Shorter 3.2 mile option: Head back from here, finding the trail around the side of the pond. New photos. A few hundred yards further, it turns right onto the trace of an old logging road, and in about 50 yards turns sharp left into the woods. Beck and his fellow explorers tramped through the woods in the 1930s, and came upon old millstones, several still standing chimneys, evidence of a spring house, and the foundations of houses still visible today. 2. Do not reach or step blindly into the rocks in warm weather. From Route 29: Half a mile north of Fiddler’s Creek Road, there is visitor parking off Route 29, at the bottom of the Switchback Trail (yellow). The Appalachian Trail runs over Baldpate, and is said by some to be one of the most difficult sections of the entire 2,175 mile footpath. There is signage for the lot; ignore the main driveway to the park right before it. 41 Trails. 6. Big Bend Ranch State Park. For complete hike details check out our main Baldpate Mountain – Ted Stiles Preserve page.. A local musician who lived on the edge of what is now Washington Crossing State Park passed on scraps of legend about the succession of residents in Honey Hollow. Eventually there will be a BLUE (Summit) marker. For the Church Road entrance, continue another 1.4 miles up Fiddlers Creek Road to the intersection with Church Road; continue straight across Church Road into the Brick Road entrance to Washington Crossing State Park, where there is ample parking room along the margins of the gravel road. Check our Trail Blog links at the bottom of the page for photos of the area over the years. 3.6 – Continue on WHITE (Ridge). On a whim, we decided to revisit Baldpate Mountain on Memorial Day Weekend.. Rugged. [WHITE (Ridge) also goes right]. On his explorations along Honey Hollow Road descending from Church Road, he crossed Fiddler’s Creek on a bridge – soon to be succeeded by a footbridge for walkers. The map shows restrooms at the visitor center, which is 1.3 miles up the blue trail or if you park at the main lot instead. Parking is available at the bottom of this trail, off Route 29. It drops down near a brook, then curves north, until it intersects a power line corridor after another .2 mile. Also closed Wed. – Sat. The animal population on Baldpate includes the expected small residents such as chipmunks, voles, bats, groundhogs, and squirrels, foxes and coyotes, and representatives of the area’s deer population. Start off the hike with a little warm-up loop around an attractive pond, located in Washington Crossing State Park. — ///. Baldpate Mountain is a long ridge, with trails descending on the south toward Fiddler’s Creek Road, and on the north towards Pleasant Valley Road. At 470 feet, the peak of Baldpate Mountain is Mercer County’s highest elevation. For access to the Pleasant Valley Trail, turn right on Valley Road about 2.9 miles from Route 579, and then right on Wooden’s Lane and park at Howell Living History Farm (during its operating hours–see Howell Living History Farm). The trail begins with a gentle rise through oaks, tulip poplars, and hickory for about a quarter mile, then slices up diagonally across a steep rocky slope, with increasingly airy views of the forest floor below. From the lowest point of the preserve to the highest is about a 400-foot climb, and some trails are quite steep. Easy to moderate trail surface; minor elevation change. This can be a quick aerobic session going uphill! Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 2.2 – Turn RIGHT and continue following RED (NW Loop). The Kuser Estate buildings become visible off towards the left. As the Copper Hill Trail curves north again, it climbs steeply, sometimes through small areas prone to wetness, before rejoining the Ridge Trail (total 1 mile). Some sections of trail may be wet and muddy. There are picnic tables and a view towards the Delaware River and a meadow is along the mowed path. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage. The pond and brooks harbor invertebrates, amphibians, and small fish. There are wonderful views from the open meadow of the Delaware River to the south, and of the Philadelphia skyline when the air is clear. Trail Blog: “Baldpate Mountain – Summit, Ridge, and Honey Hollow“Hiked: 8/16/09. 6.3 – At the junction with the main BLUE (Summit) trail, keep to the LEFT and retrace the route back down the stone steps and to the parking lot. The Kuser family sold the property to Trap Rock in 1986. Continue uphill on ORANGE (Copper Hill). Take Exit 1 onto Route 29 north. Some muddy/rutted trail sections due to use by bikes/horses. Not sure if the visitor center has maps, we’ve never seen it open. The Copper Hill Trail heads south. Bald Pate Mountain – not to be confused with the larger, single-word Baldpate Mountain to the North, features a plethora of trails, and directional views from the pitch pine covered summit. Just a short distance further, the walkers’ route leaves the powerline to the right, becoming the Grist Mill Trail (not named on NJTRails map), heads into the trees, then bends again to the northwest, perched on the slope above Moore’s Creek. Different routes are in 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Philadelphia and Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia. None of the trails are paved. Continue for 3.0 miles, first straight, then through several twisting sections. At about .5 mile, the trail ascends a stone staircase built by volunteers through a boulder field. Baldpate Mountain is situated southwest of Harbourton, west of Mount Canoe. Our setting is nestled in the pine forest on the side of Twin Sisters Mountain, next to the Lily Lake area of Rocky Mountain … The narrow path winds through second-growth forest, at a few spots crossing poorly drained spots sometimes rutted by mountain bikes. Fiddler’s Creek Road Parking Lot: The entrance to the parking lot is approximately 0.3 mile east of Route 29 on Fiddler’s Creek Road. (Note: From the western end of this parking lot you can walk over to the old Baldpate driveway, go down to its lower end, cross Fiddler’s Creek Road, and enter the Fiddler’s Creek Preserve (see Fiddler’s Creek Preserve trail info.). The entrance to the parking lot is a few hundred feet east of the driveway that leads up to the Baldpate visitor center. Arrows on the posts, and sometimes on tree blazes, are used to emphasize direction at sharp turns. See Mercer County deer management for closure dates. This will affect the mileage in the description depending on how much you wander around. [Pass ORANGE (Copper Hill) on the right – might not even notice it, but there was a large tree on the ground across from the trail]. * CLOSED to hikers during firearm season days in December. Baldpate Mountain is a mountain in Mercer County and has an elevation of 479 feet. This lot is large enough to accommodate dozens of cars. With two cars and one parked at the destination, walkers can enjoy long one-way hikes. Parts of the trail north of the Kuser Connector may be muddy in wet periods. This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. For the Church Road entrance, take the first left after .4 mile onto Church Road. Horse trailers are not allowed here. Updated: 7/2020 – Re-hiked; adjusted the route to remove the closed trails in Honey Hollow. The park has over 12 miles of marked natural trails for hiking, mountain biking and horse back riding. Great for kids! (scroll down a bit for Baldpate). Map and location information for Baldpate Mountain in Maine: Baldpate Mountain is one of the Summits in Oxford County, ME and can be found on the Old Speck Mountain USGS topographic quad map. 40.318542, -74.866162. Length 3.3 miElevation gain 820 ftRoute type Loop It is managed by the Loon Echo Land Trust. The trail continues straight across the driveway, and after about 100 yards turns right through a gap in an old rail fence, up into the aging apple orchard, winds left, passes through another fence opening beside a dogwood in the upper corner of the orchard, and emerges into the mountain-top meadow near its eastern margin. Fiddler’s Creek Bridge Roadside Parking: On Fiddler’s Creek Road, .5 mile from Church Road, and 1.1 miles from Route 29, it is possible to pull off on the grassy shoulder on the north side of Fiddler’s Creek Road, where the Creek Spur trail begins. Turn RIGHT to continue on WHITE (Ridge). You can find both easy and challenging hiking trails here. The mountain, part of the volcanic Sourland Mountain Ridge, is the highest point in Mercer County. Trail Blog: “Baldpate Mountain on Halloween“Hiked: 5/26/12. This large lot can accommodate cars and horse trailers. 3 h 24 m This trail follows routes similar to others in All Trails but starts at the parking area off of Church Road in Hopewell Township. Hopewell Township, NJ 08525. Turn LEFT to continue on BLUE (Summit) to the top of the mountain. Trail Blog: “Baldpate Mountain in August“, Copyright © 2021 | site by OPAQUE DESIGN LLC, njHiking.com | facebook.com/njhiking | twitter.com/njhiking | instagram.com/njhiking | youtube.com/njhiking, Baldpate Mountain – Summit, Ridge, and Honey Hollow. [RED (NW Loop) ends.]. The map shows the Pleasant Valley trail is straight and leads to another parking area. An extensive network of trails, some old logging roads and some specially built trails, lace the southern and northern flanks of the ridge, and a 2-mile trail runs along its spine. All but two of the farm buildings in this area have been demolished over the years we’ve been hiking here. [Kuser (GREEN) also continues ahead. [BLUE (Creek Spur) leads to a parking lot on Fiddlers Creek Rd]. 4.4 – Turn SHARP RIGHT on the Kuser (GREEN) connector trail. Users interested in entering the preserve here can park at the Howell Living History Farm and walk down Hunter Road to Pleasant Valley Road. This intersection was passed at 3.6]. There are public restrooms in the old lodge just west of the main visitor center near the top of the mountain. A somewhat nearby alternative is to use the restroom at the end of a large lot near Washington Crossing Park: N40.29823° W74.86829°. yes, baldpate mountain and the surrounding area is unique. The Kuser Trail, named for the former owners of this land, (green blazes) is the main route, about .75 mile, from Church Road, across Fiddler’s Creek, and uphill to the power line and then to the parking area off Pleasant Valley Road. Baldpate Mountain (5.8-7.6 miles round trip, advanced): Located beyond the Table Rock Trail in the Mahoosuc Public Lands, Baldpate Mountain includes two summit hikes with fantastic views. Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain ], 2.4 – Turn LEFT and start following WHITE (Ridge Trail). At roughly its southwestern “corner,” the trail passes the ruins of an old house, with chimney still standing. Its population, too diverse to list here, includes a variety of warblers, wild turkeys, barn swallows, pileated and downy woodpeckers, goldfinches, wood thrushes, and many more. (Do not disturb these remains.). View maps, videos, photos, and reviews of Baldpate Mountain bike trail in Lambertville. The Ridge Trail (white blazes) runs from Pleasant Valley Road at the eastern end of Baldpate about two miles to an open meadow near the western end (picnic tables there), and then about .2 mile further, curving down to the driveway below the former Kuser Estate house, now renovated as a visitor center. Allow at least an hour for shorter walks, and up to 3-4 hours for a long hike. To confirm the hunting days, check Mercer County’s website or the signs that are posted at all preserve entrances during hunting season. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these at no cost to you. To the north lies Surplus mountain, to the south west, Baldpate looks upon Old Speck across Grafton Notch. Baldpate Mountain Updated: 7/2020 – Re-hiked; adjusted the route to remove the closed trails in Honey Hollow. There are great views of the Delaware River to the south, historic farmland to the north, and on clear days the Philadelphia skyline to the southwest. Be sure not to leave your car past the Farm’s closing hours, which are posted, since the parking lot gate is then closed. [We didn’t spot markers here. 6.7 miles. Baldpate has two prominent peaks; West Peak has 3,662 feet (1,116 m) of elevation, and stands 222 feet (68 m) above the col between them. This mountain is awesome and some of the steepest terrain in the area. Veer RIGHT to follow BLUE (Summit) along a mowed path. The Baldpate Inn, located seven miles south of Estes Park, Colorado, and next to Rocky Mountain National Park, is a classic mountain getaway offering spectacular views, intriguing history, scrumptiously fresh food, caring staff and cozy accommodations. The AT runs over both of Baldpates peaks. Baldpate is flanked to the north by Surplus Mountain, to the northeast by Black Mountain, and to the southeast by Mount Hittie. 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