Last Sunday, my wife and I finally headed out for our first hike of the year. Winter has been brutal, to say the least. After six months of snow cover, incredibly cold temperatures and ice-covered roads, now spring has finally arrived. Almost all snow is gone, save on some mountain peaks, and it’s actually pleasantly warm right now.
Although we’ve done a few snowshoe and cross-country ski trips, we had been looking forward to our first hike for several months.
Bald Top Mountain Hike in Vermont
So, on Sunday, we drove to Lake Morey in Fairlee, eastern Vermont. The trailhead lies on the shore of that beautiful lake, which is very popular in summer. The trail to the summit of Bald Top Mountain is actually a section of the much longer Cross Rivendell Trail, a 36-mile hiking trail the runs from eastern Vermont into western New Hampshire.
The distance from the trailhead at Lake Morey to the Bald Top Mountain summit is 3.3 miles (5.3 kilometers). It’s a fairly easy hike, with here and there a short and steep section, none of which provide a real challenge. The trail is gradual enough to raise your heartbeat, though, which is always a good thing. It winds through dense woodlands, crosses a couple of tumbling mountain streams and runs over lesser mountain tops until it arrives at the top of Bald Top Mountain. It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to get there.
The mountain’s top is bald indeed, but that’s only because all trees and shrubs are cut down there. I don’t know why that’s the case, but it does create an absolutely great summit. The views are almost 360°, taking in both the Green Mountains of Vermont to the west and the New Hampshire’s White Mountains to the east. There is an expansive patch of soft grass at the summit, making it a pretty amazing place for a picnic on a sunny day.
We rested our legs for a bit before heading back down. The way down is, of course, much faster and took us roughly 1 hour and 10 minutes.
That Bald Top Mountain hike is an excellent activity to do on a Sunday afternoon, a 6.6-mile (10.6-kilometer) roundtrip that takes about 3 hours in total. Definitely make sure to bring a picnic if you go!