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Routes in Bald Mountain

Branches T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
Cardiac Corner T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Easy Sqeeze T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Spring Fever T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Where's the Booty? T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Zig-Zag T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Elevation: 2,172 ft
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Shared By: Alex Mitchell on May 25, 2012 with updates
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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.
The Old Forge area is a patchwork of private and public property. Please respect private property and posted signs, and avoid climbing or trespassing on private property unless you have permission from the landowner. Details

Getting There

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. at the crest of the hill. Turn right off the snowmobile trail at the posted private property signs onto a small foot trail. The small foot trail is occasionally marked with silver tags hammered into trees and red-ish ribbon on some trees. The small foot trail follows the posted private property signs and the trail leads to a boulder scramble up to the foot of the leftmost route at Bald Mt.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Bald Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Easy Sqeeze
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Where's the Booty?
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Cardiac Corner
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Easy Sqeeze 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad
Where's the Booty? 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Zig-Zag 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Branches 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R Trad 2 pitches
Cardiac Corner 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
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Hi folks,
I took a friend up Branches yesterday who is fairly new to climbing. He didn't realize that the tat on the anchor wasn't mine and I didn't realize I had to tell him not to take it. I left it at the base of the route. Sorry about this. it's my bad! Jul 27, 2017
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! Oct 1, 2013

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