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Long Pond Trailhead: From Lyndonville, drive north on US-5 for 6.7 miles. Turn right onto VT-5A north and continue for 9.9 miles. Turn right onto Long Pond Road and continue for 2.1 miles; the parking area will be on the left.

Mad  Brook Trailhead: From Lyndonville, drive north on US-5 for 6.7 miles. Turn right onto VT-5A north and continue for 10.3 miles. Turn right onto Hinton Hill Road and continue for 4.5 miles. Turn right onto Mad Brook Road and continue 1.8 miles to the end of the road. (Parts of this road may be closed seasonally.) There is a small parking area that can accommodate only a limited number of cars; please keep the neighboring driveway and road clear. 

Description

Bald Mountain: From the restored fire tower on the summit there is a 360-degree view that includes Lake Willoughby, Seymour Lake, Lake Memphremagog, parts of the Green Mountains, and all of the White Mountains. In addition to the fire tower, there is also a newly restored shelter at the summit. 

  • Long Pond Trail: (2.0 miles, 1,450 feet of elevation gain) From the parking area, the trail follows blue blazes up a gated logging road and bears right at the junction where the trail climbs a moderate hill to an open logging area. After the clearing, the trail turns into the trees where it follows an old woods trail. The trail winds through open hardwoods, crossing streams, and climbing steadily into the sub-alpine spruce-fir forest. As the trail approaches the mountain top, it climbs several steep pitches and passes large rock outcroppings, then the trail emerges to the top of the mountain. NOTE: This trail can be wet in spots, plan appropriately.
  • Mad Brook Trail: (3.0 miles, 1,415 feet of elevation gain) This trail approaches the summit from the north, starting from the gated terminus of Mad Brook Road in East Charleston. The trail follows a gravel road for 0.5 miles, then crosses into an open meadow. The trail then enters a mixed forest on an old road and climbs a gradual slope. The trail descends briefly after that to the base of Bald Mountain then climbs more steeply up to the summit of the mountain.

Other Information

Note: There is a third trail that accesses the summit of Bald Mountain called the Telegraph Trail; however, the trail is seldom used and not maintained. 

Trail Manager

For more information, visit the Northwoods Stewardship Center or the VT Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation online or contact:

Westmore Trails Committee
Town of Westmore
54 Hinton Hill Road
Orleans, VT 05860
Phone: (802) 525-3007
clerk@westmoreonline.org

NorthWoods Stewardship Center
154 Leadership Drive/PO Box 220
East Charleston, Vermont 05833
Phone: (802) 723-6551
luke@northwoodscenter.org

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation District 5: St. Johnsbury District
374 Emerson Falls Road
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Phone: (802) 751-0136
louis.bushey@vermont.gov

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