Easy Short Old Forge Hikes: Bald (Rondaxe) Mountain (Eagle Bay NY)
|Bald Mountain Fire Tower was restored|
and reopened in 2005
Location = Between Eagle Bay and Old Forge (NY)
Distance = 1.0 mile
Elevation = 2,350'
Vertical Ascent = 390'
By Diane Chase
My son plans on giving me the Adirondack Kids ® version of a climb up Bald Mountain. There are nine books to date in the middle reader series by father/son authors Gary and Justin VanRiper. I am getting the synopsis and walking tour all in one climb to the summit.
|Looking down from the top of the|
Bald Mountain fire tower!
|The view from Bald Mountain near Old Forge NY|
The current Bald Mountain Fire Tower was built in 1917 and was used by fire observers to spot smoke and report to forest rangers. Those same people documented weather conditions and reported on flights over the Adirondacks during WWII. The tower was discontinued in 1990, restored by the Friends of Bald Mountain and reopened in 2005.
|My family at the summit. We miss Ella, our golden retriever!|
Bald Mountain Trail is 4.5 miles north of Old Forge. Turn left on Rondaxe Road. The trailhead is clearly marked.