Awesome Bald Mountain Hike in Oquossoc, Maine

Awesome Bald Mountain Hike in Oquossoc, Maine


Distance: 1.3 miles to Bald Mountain summit
Time: 1-1.5 hours (one way)
Elevation: 2,443 feet
Difficulty: Family Hike

Bald is beautiful. No, I’m not talking about my weathered dome. Bald Mountain in Oquossoc, Maine, with an assist from its observation tower, provides panoramic views of Rangeley Lake, Mooselookmeguntic Lake, Saddleback Mountain and many other peaks of the Longfellow Mountains. You don’t have to take my word for it—the trailhead sign promises, and the hike delivers.

Bald Mountain Trail Sign
The trailhead sign promises “beautiful” views. You won’t be disappointed.

The other important takeaway is the “slippery when wet” message. We’ve rated Bald Mountain as a “Family Hike,” and it’s a lot of fun with kids, just know that the upper section features numerous granite rock scrambles. The kids will love these; however, to avoid giving hiking a bad name, leave the sandals in the car and make sure everyone has appropriate footwear.

Bald Mountain Trail Beginning
The Bald Mountain Trail is a classic case of trail bait and switch. The easy beginning can fool hikers into thinking this 1.3-mile ascent will be no sweat.
Bald Mountain Trail Blue Blaze
Blue Blazes mark the Bald Mountain Trail. A favorite hike amongst locals and recreational tourists in the Rangeley Lakes Region, the trail is well travelled and easy to follow.
Bald Mountain Trail Flowers
A short distance into the hike, we took a break to admire these flowers. Can anyone tell me what they are?
Bald Mountain Trail Roots
The trail begins to change its tune with gnarly roots ready to snag the toes of sandal-footed tourists. Then come the rocks.
Bald Mountain Trail Rocks
The rocks are small and hoppable at first before growing into full-on scrambles.
Bald Mountain Trail Rocks
One after another. Note how smooth the rocks are from all the foot traffic—thus the slippery when wet warning.
Bald Mountain Trail Rocks
The rock scrambles are also what makes this hike so much fun for kids (adult kids too)—lets them channel their inner spider man.
Bald Mountain Trail Planks
The trail levels out near the top with a series of boardwalks.
Bald Mountain Trail Rocks
One last rock scramble is in store, and then you’ll be summit bound.
Bald Mountain Maine Observation Tower
The summit has plenty of open space to drop packs, along with a couple of picnic tables. A few side herd paths lead to ledges with partial views, but the best vistas are obtained by climbing the Bald Mountain observation tower.
Bald Mountain Maine View Mooselookmeguntic Lake
The view of Mooselookmeguntic Lake from the observation tower. On this day we were able to see Mordor Mt. Washington in the distance.
Bald Mountain Maine View Rangeley Lake
The 360-degree views also include Rangeley Lake. The Saddleback Mountain Range is directly behind the lake.
Bald Mountain Maine View Mountains
More views of the Longfellow Mountains. The Appalachian Trail is somewhere in there.

Directions to Bald Mountain

There are two connecting trailheads for Bald Mountain off of Bald Mountain Road. The first is located at the public boat launch. The shorter and more popular hike, reviewed here, is a little further up the road.

To get to the trailheads, follow Maine Route 4 west through Oquossoc Village. Just before Route 4 ends at Haines Landing on Mooselookmeguntic Lake, turn left onto Bald Mountain Road. The main trailhead parking lot is 0.8 miles on the left. Parking is free, and there’s an outhouse available.

Bald Mountain Maine Summit Flowers
Atop Bald Mountain, we were treated to Sheep Laurel in bloom.
Mooselookmeguntic Lake Tinted
Mooselookmeguntic Lake filtered.
Mooselookmeguntic Lake Monochromatic
And in monochrome.

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