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Bald Mountain and West Ridge to AT/LT - GMNF

The Bald Mountain Trail allows hiking from near downtown Bennington, VT, through the Glastenbury Wilderness and on to the Appalachian Trail / Long Trail (AT/LT).
Trail Activity
Length
4.0 miles, Network
Difficulty
Moderate
Towns
Bennington (VT), Shaftsbury (VT), Woodford (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

Trail Information
Bennington side: 4 miles one-way from trailhead to junction with West Ridge trail, blue blazes
2,000’ elevation change


The west side of the Bald Mountain trail goes under a powerline, through a tunnel under Route 279 and then follows an old woods road before entering the Glastenbury Wilderness on the Green Mountain National Forest in approximately one mile. The trail then climbs several switch backs and reaches the white rocks in 2.8 miles. The junction with the West Ridge trail is approximately 1 mile beyond the white rocks vista.


Woodford side: 2 miles one-way from trailhead to junction with West Ridge trail, blue blazes
1,580’ elevation change

The east side of the Bald Mountain trail follows an old road that provides access for a few local camps and
then at 0.3 miles, at the Forest Service boundary marked with red paint, turn left onto the trail and follow the blue blazes. The trail climbs steadily and at 1.6 miles, the trail meets a spur trail leading to a seasonal spring at “Bear Wallow.” The trail reaches the West Ridge trail at 2 miles.

Other Information

The Bald Mountain trail provides a path for visitors to access the Glastenbury Wilderness and the summit of Bald Mountain. From the Bennington side, after three fairly rugged miles and climbing several hundred feet, hikers will reach the “white rocks” (not to be confused with the White Rocks National Recreation Area 40 miles to the north). This rocky opening on the west side of Bald Mountain provides excellent views to the west.

At the highest point on the Bald Mountain trail is the junction with the West Ridge Trail, which runs 9 miles to Glastenbury Mountain summit and has no other exit. Follow the West Ridge 0.1 mi. to the true summit of Bald, where there are limited views at a comfortable picnic spot. Return to Bald Mountain trail to descend.

Bald Mountain ends at the AT/LT at the Goddard Lean-to Shelter. Excellent views can be had at the fire tower just 0.4 mile north on the AT/LT.


Restrictions: No horses, mountain bikes or motorized vehicles

Bald Mountain - Green Mountain National Forest: including trail brochure and downloadable map.

Trail Manager

Forest Service Recreation Staff
Manchester Ranger District
2538 Depot St. (Rte 11/30)
Manchester Center, VT  05255
(802) 362-2307

Bennington County Regional Commission

Bennington County Regional Commission
111 South Street, Suite 203
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-0713
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Trailhead Information

For the trailhead leading out of Bennington:

From Route 7, take Kocher Drive, which is just north of downtown Bennington, east. Kocher Drive runs straight into North Branch Street Extension at a light. Follow North Branch Street to the trailhead parking lot. It will be just off the east side of the street near the powerlines. Please park perpendicular to the road in the expanded parking lot to maximize space.

From Rte 9, turn north on North Branch St., which is ¾ mile east of downtown Bennington. Turn right over a bridge onto N. Branch St. Ext. Follow North Branch Street to the trailhead parking lot. It will be just off the east side of the street near the powerlines. Please park perpendicular to the road in the expanded parking lot to maximize space.

 

For the trailhead leading from Woodford Hollow:

From Bennington, take Rte 9 for about 4.0 miles east to Harbour Road.Turn north onto Harbour Rd. and follow for 0.8 miles. At a concrete water tank, turn left off the road into an open area. The trailhead is found at the edge of the woods.

From the east, take Rte 9 west for 1.2 miles past the Appalachian/Long Trail crossing to Harbour Road. Turn north onto Harbour Rd. and follow for 0.8 miles. At a concrete water tank, turn left off the road into an open area. The trailhead is found at the edge of the woods.

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