Although the Bald Mountain and VAST connector trails are closed, the Girl Scout Loop and the East Road are open. Use caution and expect to encounter variable conditions when exploring these trails.
The Bald Mountain Trail begins at the intersection of the Notch Road (town highway) and a gated forest access road. There is a kiosk at that location. The trail follows south along the access road for 1/4 mile before turning (signed) to the west and heading uphill. The trail configuration is a 'lollipop' with a loop at the end of a 1/2 mile section of trail. The loop traverses the summit of Bald Mountain with several great views of the surrounding valleys and mountains, including Pico and Killington. A second loop begins at the summit and travels to the southwest before returning to the summit. Portions of the trail are along skid/woods roads. This trail does have elevation changes so be prepared for some up and down trail walking.
The Girl Scout Loop Trail begins at the gated access road north of the Notch Road, just north of the Bald Mountain Trail trailhead kiosk. The trail follows an old loop road that was originally part of the Civilian Conservation Corps (1930s) camp and later the Girl Scout Camp that was located here. The trail follows the old road along flat terrain and loops back to the beginning. The VAST (snowmobile) trail uses part of this trail to access the corridor trail off the property.
The Bald Mountain Trail is located within the 918-acre Aitken State Forest, with Bald Mountain (2087 feet) at its center. This forested property is popular for hiking, walking, wildlife viewing, hunting, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
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From the US 7 and US 4 intersection in Rutland, follow Route 7 south to the traffic light at Killington Avenue. Turn east onto Killington Avenue. Follow for 1.8 miles to its end at the junction of Town Line Road and Notch Road. Turn right onto the paved Notch Road (0.0 miles) and continue past the end of the pavement through Tamarack Notch, and bear right at the fork (1.9 miles) where the Wheelerville Road departs to the left. The Bald Mountain trailhead is soon reached on the right (2.1 miles) where Notch Road levels out just before crossing the brook. Park on shoulder. Additional parking is available just past the trailhead on the right.
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