It is managed by the Loon Echo Land Trust. 6.3 – At the junction with the main BLUE (Summit) trail, keep to the LEFT and retrace the route back down the stone steps and to the parking lot. There is no hunting on Sundays and one or two other days in the week. The map indicates “ruins” on either side of the trail about halfway down but we didn’t spot anything (perhaps when the leaves are down). Some trails include steep stone steps, which require a moderate degree of balance and caution. Do not reach or step blindly into the rocks in warm weather. Ruins of a 19th century settlement and scattered farms can be found on or near some of the Baldpate trails. Baldpate Mountain is a mountain in Mercer County and has an elevation of 479 feet. 4.0 – Turn RIGHT over a small footbridge and now follow Kuser (GREEN) as it heads gradually downhill. Hiking info, trail maps, and 30 trip reports from Baldpate Mountain, East Peak (3,780 ft) in the Mahoosuc Range of Maine The trail continues straight across the driveway, and after about 100 yards turns right through a gap in an old rail fence, up into the aging apple orchard, winds left, passes through another fence opening beside a dogwood in the upper corner of the orchard, and emerges into the mountain-top meadow near its eastern margin. Baldpate Mountain has a peak prominence of 2,240 feet. Baldpate Mountain is part of the largest continuously forested area in central New Jersey, the Sourlands Region, stretching across Mercer, Somerset, and Hunterdon Counties. 95S to Exit 1 for 29N/River Road. In order to preserve the health of forest ecosystems, the Park Commission employs deer management programs at Baldpate Mountain and Mercer Meadows. Also using the path now also marked as Summit direct from the pond. Great for kids! The Ted Stiles preserve stretches across almost 1800 acres of a ridge running roughly east-west, between Fiddlers Creek Road to the south and Pleasant Valley Road to the north. The Copper Hill Trail heads south. A local musician who lived on the edge of what is now Washington Crossing State Park passed on scraps of legend about the succession of residents in Honey Hollow. Honey Hollow Entrance from Church Road: There is a parking area at the Brick Road entrance to Washington Crossing State Park, off Church Road just opposite Fiddler’s Creek Road, with space for 8-10 cars along the edges of Brick Road. [WHITE (Ridge) also goes right. Continue uphill on ORANGE (Copper Hill). 0.4 – Climb steeply up a long series of stone “steps”. Other acquisitions of land and easements have expanded the preserve, which is managed by Mercer County. The map shows the Pleasant Valley trail is straight and leads to another parking area. An extensive network of trails, some old logging roads and some specially built trails, lace the southern and northern flanks of the ridge, and a 2-mile trail runs along its spine. Bald Pate Mountain in Bridgton, part of Loon Echo Land Trust, offers an extensive trail network with numerous view points. 1,077 Trails. Baker Creek Preserve. Fiddler’s Creek Road Parking Lot: The entrance to the parking lot is approximately 0.3 mile east of Route 29 on Fiddler’s Creek Road. 133 Trails. The animal population on Baldpate includes the expected small residents such as chipmunks, voles, bats, groundhogs, and squirrels, foxes and coyotes, and representatives of the area’s deer population. 2.5 – Veer RIGHT off of WHITE (Ridge Trail) on to old pavement into an open grassy area. The park has over 12 miles of marked natural trails for hiking, mountain biking and horse back riding. Baldpate Mountain Updated: 7/2020 – Re-hiked; adjusted the route to remove the closed trails in Honey Hollow. Raccoon Mountain. The mountain is mostly wooded with some former pasture areas that allow excellent views of the Delaware River valley below. At 470 feet, the peak of Baldpate Mountain is Mercer County’s highest elevation. Bald Pate Mountain – not to be confused with the larger, single-word Baldpate Mountain to the North, features a plethora of trails, and directional views from the pitch pine covered summit. Shortly, Pass YELLOW (Switchback) on the left. Turn RIGHT to continue on WHITE (Ridge). And it's dog-friendly! 19 Trails. Parts of the trail north of the Kuser Connector may be muddy in wet periods. This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. At .6 mile, the blue-blazed Creek Spur leaves straight downhill to the south towards Fiddler’s Creek Road. The entrance to the parking lot is a few hundred feet east of the driveway that leads up to the Baldpate visitor center. The forests abound with American Beech with their steely-gray bark, Tulip Poplars like tall, straight sentinels, oaks, birches, hickory, cherries and many other species. Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain has 12.0 miles of trails. Terrain – hills, forests, fields Trailheads – 40° 19.107’N, 74° 53.433’W (Parking lot at start of Summit Trail). It curves at first to avoid a poorly drained area, then runs north through scrubby woods for a few hundred yards, and then turns sharp right down to an aging wooden bridge across Fiddler’s Creek. After passing several cottage-size boulders edged with moss, the path crosses, at about .8 mile trail, the driveway from Fiddler’s Creek Road above the old Kuser Estate House. Check our Trail Blog links at the bottom of the page for photos of the area over the years. Its population, too diverse to list here, includes a variety of warblers, wild turkeys, barn swallows, pileated and downy woodpeckers, goldfinches, wood thrushes, and many more. [WHITE (Ridge) also goes right]. The main Kuser Trail continues north to the power line, and turns west to follow the power line to the parking area entered from Pleasant Valley Road. For the Pleasant Valley Road entrances, continue a total of 1.5 miles north on Route 579, and turn left on Pleasant Valley Road. Trail is immediately very pleasant, level at first and then heads up through dense forest with very tall trees. from mid-December to mid-February. In 2007, the preserve’s original name of Baldpate Preserve was changed to honor the life of Edmund “Ted” Stiles, one of New Jersey’s most accomplished and tireless activists for protection of natural lands, who passed away that year. Access to the Ridge Trail parking lot is on the left at 1.2 miles from Route 579. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage. 5. Trails are easy-to-moderately difficult. Trails are marked with square plastic blazes on trees (blue, white, red, orange, yellow, brown, or turquoise). Improved it by taking Copper Hill uphill instead of downhill (it’s steep and rocky, more enjoyable as an uphill). 1.2 – Turn RIGHT to start following RED (NW Loop) – you might not spot markers until turning. From Route 29: Half a mile north of Fiddler’s Creek Road, there is visitor parking off Route 29, at the bottom of the Switchback Trail (yellow). Kick*** mountain. Baldpate Mountain is a relatively new park located on the highest point in Mercer County. Baldpate Mountain is situated southwest of Harbourton, west of Mount Canoe. An extensive network of trails, old logging roads and some specially built trails, lace the southern and northern flanks of the ridge, and a 2-mile trail runs along its spine. This post may contain affiliate links. 3.8 – Continue on WHITE (Ridge) along the edge of a large parking lot towards a large power tower, passing the other end of ORANGE (Copper Hill). Bald Pate Mountain is a popular hunting area and blaze orange should be worn October-December. Veer RIGHT to follow BLUE (Summit) along a mowed path. The rocky outcrops provide cover for various harmless snakes, but naturalists have also found the rarely seen copperhead snake, whose bite can be harmful. Our setting is nestled in the pine forest on the side of Twin Sisters Mountain, next to the Lily Lake area of Rocky Mountain … Hopewell Township, NJ 08525. 4.8 – At an intersection with BLUE (Creek Spur), turn RIGHT to continue on ORANGE (Copper Hill). All but two of the farm buildings in this area have been demolished over the years we’ve been hiking here. The trail is mostly hard packed earth, with some rocky areas. Baldpate Mountain, previously know as Kuser Mountain, was acquired by Mercer County from Trap Rock Industries in 1998. The Baldpate Inn, located seven miles south of Estes Park, Colorado, and next to Rocky Mountain National Park, is a classic mountain getaway offering spectacular views, intriguing history, scrumptiously fresh food, caring staff and cozy accommodations. Arrows on the posts, and sometimes on tree blazes, are used to emphasize direction at sharp turns. 3.6 – Continue on WHITE (Ridge). Dutton and Company, 1939), described a community of farmers dating back to the Revolution. At the stop sign on Bear Tavern Road (Route 579), turn right. At roughly its southwestern “corner,” the trail passes the ruins of an old house, with chimney still standing. Baldpate Mountain is a mountain located in Oxford County, Maine. A somewhat nearby alternative is to use the restroom at the end of a large lot near Washington Crossing Park: N40.29823° W74.86829°. Signs of past habitation on Baldpate Mountain are obvious, but clear information about who lived there and when is hard to come by. Some sections of trail may be wet and muddy. It's a hotspot for mountain bikers because it has challenging rocky trails and steep inclines. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. For access to the Pleasant Valley Trail, turn right on Valley Road about 2.9 miles from Route 579, and then right on Wooden’s Lane and park at Howell Living History Farm (during its operating hours–see Howell Living History Farm). A few hundred yards further, it turns right onto the trace of an old logging road, and in about 50 yards turns sharp left into the woods. 2.2 – Turn RIGHT and continue following RED (NW Loop). At trail entrances, intersections, and places where there are no trees and the trail might be unclear, there are brown posts with trail markers in the same colors. Hike along the ridge of Baldpate Mountain (former Kuser Mountain) passing old abandoned farm buildings and the former Kuser estate with mountaintop views of the Delaware River. Also using the path now also marked as Summit direct from the pond. 40.318542, -74.866162. In 1986 the property was sold to Trap Rock Industries, who planned to … In spring, the forest floor is brightened by mayflower, columbine, black snakeroot, spring beauties, bunchberry, trout lilies, and numerous other wildflowers. Parking is available at the bottom of this trail, off Route 29. Its mature woodlands, wetlands, and open meadows harbor a rich variety of native trees and shrubs and a … See Mercer County deer management for closure dates. Return to this spot to continue, or from the buildings take the path uphill to the viewing scope and picnic tables and follow from 1.1 below. From its intersection with the Northwest Loop, the trail first descends gradually through woods for about .2 mile, then contours north and then west, passing the ruined foundation of what appears to have been a barn or house—or both together. ], 4.5 – Turn LEFT and now follow ORANGE (Copper Hill). Tennessee. For the Church Road entrance, continue another 1.4 miles up Fiddlers Creek Road to the intersection with Church Road; continue straight across Church Road into the Brick Road entrance to Washington Crossing State Park, where there is ample parking room along the margins of the gravel road. [Pass ORANGE (Copper Hill) on the right – might not even notice it, but there was a large tree on the ground across from the trail]. An overabundance of deer can interrupt the natural regeneration of trees and other plants, negatively affecting the structure and composition of many habitats. This lot is also for Fiddlers Creek Preserve. To confirm the hunting days, check Mercer County’s website or the signs that are posted at all preserve entrances during hunting season. To the north lies Surplus mountain, to the south west, Baldpate looks upon Old Speck across Grafton Notch. Take Exit 1 onto Route 29 north. View maps, videos, photos, and reviews of Baldpate Mountain bike trail in Lambertville. Some muddy/rutted trail sections due to use by bikes/horses. This is a charming spot for a rest, a snack, and listening to the breeze in the trees. Make a left turn onto Valley Road at about 2.75 miles up Pleasant Valley Road, and then go right (almost straight ahead) on Wooden’s Lane to the Howell Living History Farm and its parking. This park is more suited for shorter loops from one of the many parking areas; we stitched a bunch of trails together in order to see most of the park. The map shows restrooms at the visitor center, which is 1.3 miles up the blue trail or if you park at the main lot instead. From Howell Living History Farm: There is also access to the Baldpate trail network off Pleasant Valley Road, about 100 yards east of Valley Road, just opposite Hunter Road (closed to vehicle traffic). 10 Trails. Just a short distance further, the walkers’ route leaves the powerline to the right, becoming the Grist Mill Trail (not named on NJTRails map), heads into the trees, then bends again to the northwest, perched on the slope above Moore’s Creek. The Summit Trail (blue blazes) begins at the parking lot on Fiddler’s Creek Road, and climbs steeply to the meadow at the top near the western end of Baldpate. Baldpate Mountain is part of the largest continuously forested area in central New Jersey, the Sourlands Region, stretching across Mercer, Somerset, and Hunterdon Counties. From the pond area return to WHITE (Ridge) at a white farm building. 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