**Please note: the former Saddleback Wind Trail has been decommissioned; please respect the landowners and do not proceed past the Bald Mountain summit.**
The Bald Mountain Trail provides picturesque views of the Weld area. It is a local favorite with steady, steep hiking. The trailhead - along the road's sandy apron - is very simply marked. Thirty yards from the trailhead is a small brook crossing. Though there is not a footbridge, large rocks allow hikers to keep their feet dry. During the early spring season, with snow and ice melting, the stream crossing may be challenging due to high and fast water. Always wear appropriate footwear as rocks and ledges may be slippery when wet or still snow covered or icy.
Most of the trail is forested. Short, marked spur trails provide alternative ways up (down) two especially steep sections of trail. Approaching the summit, the dirt trail turns into wide slabs of granite, marked with blue trail blazes and occasional cairns. Appropriately named, the top of Bald Mountain is bare, exposing breathtaking views of local and distant mountains. On a clear day, the rocky top's 360-degree view of Maine's conspicuous beauty is a sweet reward.
This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage.
Bald Mountain is privately owned by Carrier Timberlands.
From Wilton, follow ME-156 for approximately 9 miles to the trailhead. Unofficial parking is on the left side of the road along a wide, sandy shoulder. The trail starts at a red sign.
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