bald pate mountain

Length 3.3 miElevation gain 820 ftRoute type Loop 1.1  – More picnic tables and a viewing scope in a mowed grassy area, overlooking the Kuser Mansion and orchard. Some muddy/rutted trail sections due to use by bikes/horses. Signs of past habitation on Baldpate Mountain are obvious, but clear information about who lived there and when is hard to come by. Bald Pate Mountain is a popular hunting area and blaze orange should be worn October-December. 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. https://www.mapquest.com/us/new-jersey/baldpate-mountain-365382852 0.0 – Start following BLUE (Summit) just beyond the trail kiosk. The Kuser family sold the property to Trap Rock in 1986. At that point, near the picnic tables, the trail ends at a junction with the white-blazed Ridge Trail, which runs to the center of the meadow, angles back towards the western edge of the meadow, into the woods, and turns sharp left down to meet the driveway below the lodge (1.3 miles total). Some info and history of the area can be found on njskylands.com. [ORANGE (Copper Hill) also goes right.]. 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. 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. Print out the trail map(s) ahead. Go 4.7 miles and turn right on Fiddlers Creek Road. 11/9/15 – Directions revised and route modified slightly; photos added; revised GPX. The fringes of the forest and orchard areas offer wild raspberries in early summer, and those who know where to look and what to pick safely can enrich their dinners with a variety of wild mushrooms. Dutton and Company, 1939), described a community of farmers dating back to the Revolution. From here, turning east (left) along the Ridge Trail brings you to the small farmhouse and pond, and turning west (right) brings you back to the mountain-top meadow. 6. Bald Pate Mountain in Bridgton, part of Loon Echo Land Trust, offers an extensive trail network with numerous view points. ], 4.5 – Turn LEFT and now follow ORANGE (Copper Hill). 95S to Exit 1 for 29N/River Road. After the earliest pioneers, he reported, came a settlement of African Americans, sometimes as many as 50 families, some from the south and some of more local origin, who farmed as long as they could. Also using the path now also marked as Summit direct from the pond. (Baldpate Mountain was previously known as Kuser Mountain.) This will affect the mileage in the description depending on how much you wander around. Not sure if the visitor center has maps, we’ve never seen it open. Continue uphill on ORANGE (Copper Hill). Baldpate Mountain, once known as Kuser Mountain, was previously owned by the Kuser family. 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. For the Church Road entrance, take the first left after .4 mile onto Church Road. All but two of the farm buildings in this area have been demolished over the years we’ve been hiking here. 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. Its mature woodlands, wetlands, and open meadows harbor a rich variety of native trees and shrubs and a … It is managed by the Loon Echo Land Trust. Turn RIGHT to continue on WHITE (Ridge). Big Bend Ranch State Park. 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. 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. Other acquisitions of land and easements have expanded the preserve, which is managed by Mercer County. 3. [WHITE (Ridge) also goes right. 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. Access to the Ridge Trail parking lot is on the left at 1.2 miles from Route 579. 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. Bald Pate Mountain Trail is a 3.3 mile loop trail located near Bridgton, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Entrance to the Baldpate trail network can be gained at six places. from mid-December to mid-February. 1.0  – BLUE (Summit) ends. Great views, family friendly hiking, groomed ski trails (for a small fee), hunting, and snowshoeing. The Ted Stiles preserve stretches across almost 1800 acres of a ridge running roughly east-west, between Fiddlers Creek Road to the south and Pleasant Valley Road to the north. The mountain, part of the volcanic Sourland Mountain Ridge, is the highest point in Mercer County. The trails are relatively primitive, but the network has been improving over the years. To confirm the hunting days, check  Mercer County’s website or the signs that are posted at all preserve entrances during hunting season. Users interested in entering the preserve here can park at the Howell Living History Farm and walk down Hunter Road to Pleasant Valley Road. Baldpate Mountain is a mountain in Mercer County and has an elevation of 479 feet. The map indicates “ruins” on either side of the trail about halfway down but we didn’t spot anything (perhaps when the leaves are down). —Hiked: 7/4/20. After passing several cottage-size boulders edged with moss, the path crosses, at about .8 mile trail, the driveway from Fiddler’s Creek Road above the old Kuser Estate House. The Preserve consists of 486 acres of forest, meadows, granite-topped scenic vistas and boasts a pristine ancient pitch pine forest atop its summit. Summit Trail, NW Loop Trail, and Ridge Trail – Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain – Titusville, Mercer County, NJ Distance: 4 1/2 miles (12 miles of trails in the park) Type: Loop (more trails we did not get to hike) Difficulty: 7 of 10. 4.4 – Turn SHARP RIGHT on the Kuser (GREEN) connector trail. Our setting is nestled in the pine forest on the side of Twin Sisters Mountain, next to the Lily Lake area of Rocky Mountain … 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. Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain At about .4 mile it passes the Kuser Trail Connector (green) on the left. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these at no cost to you. The trail is mostly hard packed earth, with some rocky areas. ], 2.4  –  Turn LEFT and start following WHITE (Ridge Trail). Pick up the description at the second to last step below. A wooden post with a brown trail blaze marks the spot. Trails are marked with square plastic blazes on trees (blue, white, red, orange, yellow, brown, or turquoise). Raccoon Mountain. There are 5 access points listed on the map, which are described on the park page. Baldpate Mountain moderate (108) Length: 7 mi • Est. The trail begins at the south end of the Pleasant Valley Road parking lot (from which the Ridge Trail heads west). From the pond area return to WHITE (Ridge) at a white farm building. 1,077 Trails. View maps, videos, photos, and reviews of Baldpate Mountain bike trail in Lambertville. The GPS coordinates are 44.609244 (latitude), -70.892372 (longitude) and the approximate elevation is 3,786 feet (1,154 meters) above sea level. 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. 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. At about .5 mile, the trail ascends a stone staircase built by volunteers through a boulder field. *. The Switchback Trail (yellow blazes), connects the westernmost end of the Ridge Trail to Route 29 down by the Delaware River, tracing a very steep route of just .7 mile and sharp switchbacks. The entrance to the parking lot is a few hundred feet east of the driveway that leads up to the Baldpate visitor center. Overview: BLUE (Summit) – WHITE (Ridge) – RED (NW Loop) – WHITE (Ridge) – Kuser (GREEN) – Kuser (GREEN) connector trail – ORANGE (Copper Hill) – WHITE (Ridge) – BLUE (Summit). The trail offers a number of activity options. Trails are easy-to-moderately difficult. 37 Trails. Go about three-tenths of a mile to the parking lot entrance. At roughly its southwestern “corner,” the trail passes the ruins of an old house, with chimney still standing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. This lot is also for Fiddlers Creek Preserve. During this season, hunting occurs four or five days per week, and on hunting days there is no public access except for hunters registered with Mercer County. At the stop sign on Bear Tavern Road (Route 579), turn right. An overabundance of deer can interrupt the natural regeneration of trees and other plants, negatively affecting the structure and composition of many habitats. However, there is no formally designated parking at this location. If you use a smartphone, try the handy georeferenced PDF map created by Hidden Trenton. 3.6  – Continue on WHITE (Ridge). Baldpate Mountain, Maine The Appalachian Trail in Maine will take your breath away, both as you climb 3,662 feet to the summit and then your 360-degree view. –Trail Map 1–Trail Map 2–Park info 1–Park info 2–Interactive Map. This large lot can accommodate cars and horse trailers. From the lowest point of the preserve to the highest is about a 400-foot climb, and some trails are quite steep. From that point you can turn right and follow Fiddler’s Creek Road 1.3 miles to the parking lot entrance on your right. Baldpate Mountain is part of the largest continuously forested area in central New Jersey, the Sourlands Region, stretching across Mercer, Somerset, and Hunterdon Counties. Also closed Wed. – Sat. Find the travel option that best suits you. 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. Removed links to old maps. This route uses the first lot on Fiddlers Creek Road off of Rt 29. There the path turns left (northwest) to follow the sometimes muddy downs and ups of the utility line, at .8 mile crossing the same brook, whose banks can also be muddy. 5.1 – Turn LEFT and now follow WHITE (Ridge). Return to this spot to continue, or from the buildings take the path uphill to the viewing scope and picnic tables and follow from 1.1 below. The lot is marked “Vehicle and Horse Trailers Parking” on the trail map. The Creek Spur Trail (brown blazes) runs about .4 mile from Fiddler’s Creek Road roughly north to join the Copper Hill Trail. 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). It's a hotspot for mountain bikers because it has challenging rocky trails and steep inclines. (scroll down a bit for Baldpate). Some sections of trail may be wet and muddy. Alternatively, go 1.4 miles further north on Route 29, beyond Fiddler’s Creek Road, and turn right on Pleasant Valley Road. Parts of the trail north of the Kuser Connector may be muddy in wet periods. Trail Blog: “Baldpate Mountain on Halloween“Hiked: 5/26/12. — ///. The rocky outcrops provide cover for various harmless snakes, but naturalists have also found the rarely seen copperhead snake, whose bite can be harmful. The Kuser Estate buildings become visible off towards the left. Across the stream, the route bends to the right, heading upstream along the creek bank, then curving north to follow the small Honey Hollow Brook, which flows into the larger Fiddler’s Creek. 0.8  – Come to a T with a gravel path and jog slightly left to continue on BLUE (Summit). Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain has 12.0 miles of trails. There is no hunting on Sundays and one or two other days in the week. Texas. 2.5  – Veer RIGHT off of WHITE (Ridge Trail) on to old pavement into an open grassy area. Walk across the open area towards the pond and small building. This park is more suited for shorter loops from one of the many parking areas; we stitched a bunch of trails together in order to see most of the park. Hiking info, trail maps, and 30 trip reports from Baldpate Mountain, East Peak (3,780 ft) in the Mahoosuc Range of Maine From Howell Living History Farm: There is also access to the Baldpate trail network off Pleasant Valley Road, about 100 yards east of Valley Road, just opposite Hunter Road (closed to vehicle traffic). Baldpate Mountain is a mountain located in Oxford County, Maine. Baldpate Mountain is situated southwest of Harbourton, west of Mount Canoe. Jake Christie photo Yes, summer has truly arrived in Maine. Most of the land was preserved as open space in 1998 by a consortium of Mercer County, the State of New Jersey, Hopewell Township, and the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space. [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]. You can turn RIGHT on the map, which is managed by the Loon Echo Trust. 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