Bald Mountain Rock Climbing
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Bald Mountain is a big tourist type hiking attraction, boasting a very easy hiking trail to the top and a fire tower. More importantly is it's hidden rock climbing, with faces and slabs reaching 200' from the base all the way to the summit. Very easy 10 or 15 minute approach. Approximately 20 or so known routes according to Adirondack Rock.
From Old Forge: Drive north on Route 28, approximately 3 miles from the Visitor Info Center you will pass Hollywood Road on the right. Immediately after that is a dirt pullout on the right for parking. Walk across the street to the snowmobile trail, take the left fork up the hill past the sign that says "Danger, Curves" etc. Turn right off the trail at the posted signs onto a small foot trail. Follow the posted signs and the trail to a boulder scramble up to the foot of the leftmost route at Bald Mt.
Weather station 3.7 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Bald Mountain
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bald Mountain:
Zig-Zag 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 2 pitches, 120'
Featured Route For Bald Mountain
By Josh Brown
Oct 1, 2013
Regarding driving to the area. Be mindful that Hollywood road is actually a loop that connects with Rd 28 twice. If you just plug in the intersection to your GPS you will wind up at the second intersection a few miles past the pulloff noted in Adiondack Rock and here on MP.
Regarding the cliff. There is huge potential but it certainly needs to see some traffic as many of the climbs are being reclaimed by nature with lichen, saplings, moss,etc. Up above the first 20-60 feet the rock is cleaner on many climbs if you are willing to traverse in from a lower section.
Worth the trip alone for Branches and Zig Zag with the off-width section that gobbles up your limbs!