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White Mountain National Forest: Baldface Mountain Loop

Climb nearly 4,000 vertical feet, scramble up rock ledges, explore a gorge, and summit two mountains on this 8.3-mile White Mountain adventure.

Rating

Just west of the New Hampshire/Maine state line, this 8.3-mile lollipop in the White Mountain National Forest begins on a gradual one-mile climb before tackling a 2,500-foot ascent to the first of two rocky summits. Along the way, the hike encounters gorges, technical scramble sections, cairn-to-cairn navigation, and even a bit of easy creek-hopping. The two summits, South Baldface and North Baldface, are fairly bare and open (as their names suggest) and offer distant views of Mount Washington (New Hampshire’s highest peak) to the west.

-Mapped by Kari Bodnarchuk

To Trailhead

From Portland, ME, take US 302 W to Fryeburg; turn R onto River St./ME 113 N (toward East Conway/Stow). In 1.3 mi., turn R @ stop sign (stay on ME 113 N); follow signs for North Chatham, NH. In 16 mi., park @ trailhead on R.

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