Paris Mountain State Park. Pass an unmarked trail on the left. However, there is no formally designated parking at this location. 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. None of the trails are paved. The entrance to the parking lot is a few hundred feet east of the driveway that leads up to the Baldpate visitor center. This can be a quick aerobic session going uphill! Other acquisitions of land and easements have expanded the preserve, which is managed by Mercer County. This post may contain affiliate links. With two cars and one parked at the destination, walkers can enjoy long one-way hikes. Great views, family friendly hiking, groomed ski trails (for a small fee), hunting, and snowshoeing. 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. This point allows access to the east end of the Ridge Trail, the Copper Hill Trail, and the Kuser Trail. Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain Ruins of a 19th century settlement and scattered farms can be found on or near some of the Baldpate trails. NOTE:  The trail segment along the steep hill above Moore’s Creek is on a delicate slope, and should be used only by walkers. Baldpate Mountain, Maine The Appalachian Trail in Maine will take your breath away, both as you climb 3,662 feet to the summit and then your 360-degree view. This short Grist Mill Trail down to Pleasant Valley Road provides dramatic views of the creek, and of maple sugaring lines maintained by the Howell Living History Farm (do not disturb them!). 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. (scroll down a bit for Baldpate). At .6 mile, the blue-blazed Creek Spur leaves straight downhill to the south towards Fiddler’s Creek Road. 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. 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). A similar route is now in Best Day Hikes in New Jersey. Shortly, Pass YELLOW (Switchback) on the left. There is formal parking at three of these locations, and limited parking in two other places: 1. Across the stream, the route bends to the right, heading upstream along the creek bank, then curving north to follow the small Honey Hollow Brook, which flows into the larger Fiddler’s Creek. This is a charming spot for a rest, a snack, and listening to the breeze in the trees. Improved it by taking Copper Hill uphill instead of downhill (it’s steep and rocky, more enjoyable as an uphill). Baldpate Mountain-West Peak (3662 ft/1116 m) Latitude/Longitude (WGS84) 44° 36' 33'' N, 70° 53' 32'' W 44.609287, -70.892316 (Dec Deg) 349846 E 4941290 N, Zone 19 (UTM) 3.6  – Continue on WHITE (Ridge). The map shows the Pleasant Valley trail is straight and leads to another parking area. Trail Manager Walk across the open area towards the pond and small building. Established in 1912, the 800-acre park commemorates one of our nation's most important early historical events. 1.0  – BLUE (Summit) ends. Be sure not to leave your car past the Farm’s closing hours, which are posted, since the parking lot gate is then closed. Continue following WHITE (Ridge) across the open grassy area, past a large tree with a white marker, towards the woods. A couple of miles down Route 29, you will soon pass by the county workhouse, Bald Pate Mountain, the village of Titusville, and finally arrive at Washington Crossing State Park. Hiking to the West Peak is a 5.8 mile round trip and is a challenging hike. A classic mountain getaway, Baldpate is located seven miles south of Estes Park, Colorado on the designated scenic “Peak to Peak Highway” Colorado Route 7. [The path down the hill leads to the Kuser Estate]. At about .5 mile, the trail ascends a stone staircase built by volunteers through a boulder field. Big Bend Ranch State Park. On his explorations along Honey Hollow Road descending from Church Road, he crossed Fiddler’s Creek on a bridge – soon to be succeeded by a footbridge for walkers. Trails are marked with square plastic blazes on trees (blue, white, red, orange, yellow, brown, or turquoise). Baldpate Mountain is part of the largest continuously forested area in central New Jersey, the Sourlands Region, stretching across Mercer, Somerset, and Hunterdon Counties. 5.1 – Turn LEFT and now follow WHITE (Ridge). Determined new route.Hiked: 10/31/15. See Mercer County deer management for closure dates. From here, turning east (left) along the Ridge Trail brings you to the small farmhouse and pond, and turning west (right) brings you back to the mountain-top meadow. Summit Trail, NW Loop Trail, and Ridge Trail – Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain – Titusville, Mercer County, NJ Distance: 4 1/2 miles (12 miles of trails in the park) Type: Loop (more trails we did not get to hike) Difficulty: 7 of 10. Our setting is nestled in the pine forest on the side of Twin Sisters Mountain, next to the Lily Lake area of Rocky Mountain … The cheapest way to get from Cleveland to Bethel costs only $85, and the quickest way takes just 6¾ hours. The Ridge Trail (white blazes) runs from Pleasant Valley Road at the eastern end of Baldpate about two miles to an open meadow near the western end (picnic tables there), and then about .2 mile further, curving down to the driveway below the former Kuser Estate house, now renovated as a visitor center. Dutton and Company, 1939), described a community of farmers dating back to the Revolution. These versions show fewer trails in Honey Hollow area than older maps (map 3,4) so the description below may be affected. For the Church Road entrance, take the first left after .4 mile onto Church Road. Print out the trail map(s) ahead. Go 4.7 miles and turn right on Fiddlers Creek Road. —Hiked: 7/4/20. 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). At about midpoint along the Ridge Trail, the route passes a complex of old farm buildings with a pond nestled below the house. 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. Baldpate Mountain, once known as Kuser Mountain, was previously owned by the Kuser family. This trail is mostly easy and level with some wide muddy spots if it’s rained a lot. Its mature woodlands, wetlands, and open meadows harbor a rich variety of native trees and shrubs and a diverse bird population. It had been over 2 years since we first checked it out (“Baldpate Mountain in August“) and we were looking for something under an hour away. 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. 2. The trail begins with a gentle rise through oaks, tulip poplars, and hickory for about a quarter mile, then slices up diagonally across a steep rocky slope, with increasingly airy views of the forest floor below. Baldpate Mountain is a long ridge, with trails descending on the south toward Fiddler’s Creek Road, and on the north towards Pleasant Valley Road. This lot is large enough to accommodate dozens of cars. Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. 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. Walking the Ridge Trail, however, involves only moderate ups and downs. Eventually there will be a BLUE (Summit) marker. Start off the hike with a little warm-up loop around an attractive pond, located in Washington Crossing State Park. [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]. Baldpate Mountain offers some of the most extensive and rugged walking in Mercer County. yes, baldpate mountain and the surrounding area is unique. this area has been maintained and cared for by many hard working farmers and country folk for hundreds of years.it did not pop-up overnight. Baldpate Mountain, previously know as Kuser Mountain, was acquired by Mercer County from Trap Rock Industries in 1998. Baldpate Mountain is situated southwest of Harbourton, west of Mount Canoe. Length 3.3 miElevation gain 820 ftRoute type Loop Some trails include steep stone steps, which require a moderate degree of balance and caution. Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. For access to the Honey Hollow area, turn hard left into Brick Road about .75 mile in on Church Road, just opposite the intersection of Church Road with Fiddler’s Creek Road. Visitors can combine segments of the Ridge Trail with these trails on the north and south sides to create interesting circuit walks. If you use a smartphone, try the handy georeferenced PDF map created by Hidden Trenton. The Appalachian Trail runs over Baldpate, and is said by some to be one of the most difficult sections of the entire 2,175 mile footpath. 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. Some muddy/rutted trail sections due to use by bikes/horses. Baldpate Mountain is part of the largest continuously forested area in central New Jersey, the Sourlands Region, stretching across Mercer, Somerset, and Hunterdon Counties. The trail leaves the parking area at the tower and follows the power line cut for a bit. 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). The pond and brooks harbor invertebrates, amphibians, and small fish. 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. And it's dog-friendly! 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. Trail Blog: “Baldpate Mountain on Halloween“Hiked: 5/26/12. Baker Creek Preserve. Knoxville Urban Wilderness. /// Shorter 3.2 mile option: Head back from here, finding the trail around the side of the pond. There are 5 access points listed on the map, which are described on the park page. It descends gently, and then quite steeply, bending west and leveling off briefly. There is a little pond that is not really visible until you walk over to it, it’s by a small stone building and old well. The Pleasant Valley Trail (turquoise blazes) runs a total of about 1.0 mile from the Northwest Loop trail down to Pleasant Valley Road, ending across from Hunter Road. Also using the path now also marked as Summit direct from the pond. 40.318542, -74.866162. The Creek Spur Trail (brown blazes) runs about .4 mile from Fiddler’s Creek Road roughly north to join the Copper Hill Trail. 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. To report a trail or maintenance issue of a trail listed on this website, please email 6.1 – At the white farm building from earlier, turn LEFT to now follow BLUE (Summit). from mid-December to mid-February. There are picnic tables and a view towards the Delaware River and a meadow is along the mowed path. The fringes of the forest and orchard areas offer wild raspberries in early summer, and those who know where to look and what to pick safely can enrich their dinners with a variety of wild mushrooms. A somewhat nearby alternative is to use the restroom at the end of a large lot near Washington Crossing Park: N40.29823° W74.86829°. Fiddler’s Creek Bridge Roadside Parking: On Fiddler’s Creek Road, .5 mile from Church Road, and 1.1 miles from Route 29, it is possible to pull off on the grassy shoulder on the north side of Fiddler’s Creek Road, where the Creek Spur trail begins. /// — Optional: Check out the buildings, and perhaps the visitor center and restrooms will be open. 95S to Exit 1 for 29N/River Road. 1.2  – Turn RIGHT to start following RED (NW Loop) – you might not spot markers until turning. The Kuser Estate buildings become visible off towards the left. The park has over 12 miles of marked natural trails for hiking, mountain biking and horse back riding. It's a hotspot for mountain bikers because it has challenging rocky trails and steep inclines. 3. Find the travel option that best suits you. 12 Trails. This mountain is awesome and some of the steepest terrain in the area. Terrain – hills, forests, fields Trailheads – 40° 19.107’N, 74° 53.433’W (Parking lot at start of Summit Trail). Hopewell Township, NJ 08525. 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). The Delaware River can be seen on a clear day. Baldpate Mountain has a peak prominence of 2,240 feet. There is signage for the lot; ignore the main driveway to the park right before it. Trail Blog: “Baldpate Mountain in August“, Copyright © 2021 | site by OPAQUE DESIGN LLC, njHiking.com | facebook.com/njhiking | twitter.com/njhiking | instagram.com/njhiking | youtube.com/njhiking, Baldpate Mountain – Summit, Ridge, and Honey Hollow. South Dakota. For access to the Ridge Trail, continue up Pleasant Valley Road 4.5 miles from Route 29, to the entrance to a large parking lot on the right. The trail leaves the brook, skirts a hillside, bends left and then right, passing the Kuser Connector which runs over to the Copper Hill Trail. 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. The narrow path winds through second-growth forest, at a few spots crossing poorly drained spots sometimes rutted by mountain bikes. Note: We love Baldpate Mountain so much, we’ve written four reviews about different aspects of the park: 1) Overview, 2) Switchback Trail, 3) Eastern Trails, 4)Pine Grove Hike. It is managed by the Loon Echo Land Trust. All but two of the farm buildings in this area have been demolished over the years we’ve been hiking here. There are wonderful views from the open meadow of the Delaware River to the south, and of the Philadelphia skyline when the air is clear. 74 Trails. Updated: 7/2020 – Re-hiked; adjusted the route to remove the closed trails in Honey Hollow. Kick*** mountain. Alternatively, go 1.4 miles further north on Route 29, beyond Fiddler’s Creek Road, and turn right on Pleasant Valley Road. Go west on Delaware Avenue (from Route 31 at the light at the Pennington Market). Walking/Hiking, Horseback riding, Dogs permitted on leash. Do not reach or step blindly into the rocks in warm weather. This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. 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. Straight is a direct route to the ridge trail and farm/pond and is the return route. 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. Also using the path now also marked as Summit direct from the pond. Built in … Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Bald Pate Preserve located in South Bridgton has it all! 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. In 1986 the property was sold to Trap Rock Industries, who planned to … Check the Trail Blogs linked at the bottom for more photos of this area. 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. There the path turns left (northwest) to follow the sometimes muddy downs and ups of the utility line, at .8 mile crossing the same brook, whose banks can also be muddy. [We didn’t spot markers here. Overview: BLUE (Summit) – WHITE (Ridge) – RED (NW Loop) – WHITE (Ridge) – Kuser (GREEN) – Kuser (GREEN) connector trail – ORANGE (Copper Hill) – WHITE (Ridge) – BLUE (Summit). This will affect the mileage in the description depending on how much you wander around. Users interested in entering the preserve here can park at the Howell Living History Farm and walk down Hunter Road to Pleasant Valley Road. 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. 6.7 miles. 10 Trails. At .3 mile, the trail turns sharply left, following an old wood road another .1 mile before reaching a T intersection with the orange-blazed Copper Hill Trail. This lot is also for Fiddlers Creek Preserve. You can find both easy and challenging hiking trails here. Hiking info, trail maps, and 30 trip reports from Baldpate Mountain, East Peak (3,780 ft) in the Mahoosuc Range of Maine Hike the Baldpate Mountain Loop. Portable toilet in the lot and also near the Kuser Estate buildings (7/2020); unsure if it’s permanent as that was the first time we’ve seen one in either location. It drops down near a brook, then curves north, until it intersects a power line corridor after another .2 mile. At that point, near the picnic tables, the trail ends at a junction with the white-blazed Ridge Trail, which runs to the center of the meadow, angles back towards the western edge of the meadow, into the woods, and turns sharp left down to meet the driveway below the lodge (1.3 miles total). 41 Trails. The Kuser family sold the property to Trap Rock in 1986. The Switchback Trail (yellow blazes), connects the westernmost end of the Ridge Trail to Route 29 down by the Delaware River, tracing a very steep route of just .7 mile and sharp switchbacks. 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. There is no hunting on Sundays and one or two other days in the week. The birdlife of Baldpate attracts amateur birdwatchers and scientists. Turn LEFT to continue on BLUE (Summit) to the top of the mountain. Baldpate has two prominent peaks; West Peak has 3,662 feet (1,116 m) of elevation, and stands 222 feet (68 m) above the col between them. [WHITE (Ridge) also goes right. Turn LEFT and start following WHITE (Ridge). Trails are easy-to-moderately difficult. The trail begins on Church Road opposite the grassy meadow of Washington Crossing State Park and Niederer’s Pond. The trail is mostly hard packed earth, with some rocky areas. Horse trailers are not allowed here. From that point you can turn right and follow Fiddler’s Creek Road 1.3 miles to the parking lot entrance on your right. ///. 1.1  – More picnic tables and a viewing scope in a mowed grassy area, overlooking the Kuser Mansion and orchard. * CLOSED to hikers during firearm season days in December. 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. Start following the trail that is around the corner from the small building at the edge of the pond. The trail offers a number of activity options. Unsure of their availability – we’ve run into them open only once. Removed links to old maps. 0.4  – Climb steeply up a long series of stone “steps”. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage. The AT runs over both of Baldpates peaks. From here, there is access to the Pleasant Valley Trail. 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. 1,077 Trails. (Baldpate Mountain was previously known as Kuser Mountain.) 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. 6/2018 – Added link to a map on park site that wasn’t there before (Map 1) and updated Map 2 link. it is the only place like this in new jersey. Entrance to the Baldpate trail network can be gained at six places. On a whim, we decided to revisit Baldpate Mountain on Memorial Day Weekend.. 4.8 – At an intersection with BLUE (Creek Spur), turn RIGHT to continue on ORANGE (Copper Hill). Map and location information for Baldpate Mountain in Maine: Baldpate Mountain is one of the Summits in Oxford County, ME and can be found on the Old Speck Mountain USGS topographic quad map. The GPS coordinates are 44.609244 (latitude), -70.892372 (longitude) and the approximate elevation is 3,786 feet (1,154 meters) above sea level. Baldpate Mountain is a relatively new park located on the highest point in Mercer County. [WHITE (Ridge) also goes right]. Trail Blog: “Baldpate Mountain – Summit, Ridge, and Honey Hollow“Hiked: 8/16/09. 11/9/15 – Directions revised and route modified slightly; photos added; revised GPX. Most of the land was preserved as open space in 1998 by a consortium of Mercer County, the State of New Jersey, Hopewell Township, and the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space. Baldpate Mountain (5.8-7.6 miles round trip, advanced): Located beyond the Table Rock Trail in the Mahoosuc Public Lands, Baldpate Mountain includes two summit hikes with fantastic views. Trail is immediately very pleasant, level at first and then heads up through dense forest with very tall trees. There are five entrance points to the preserve—two from Fiddlers Creek Road, two from Pleasant Valley Road, and one from Church Road. Pleasant Valley Road Parking Lot: The well-marked entrance driveway is on the south side of Pleasant Valley Road, 1.2 miles west of Bear Tavern Road. Grab a trail map and get all the tips you need about hiking Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain. 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. The trails are relatively primitive, but the network has been improving over the years. Parts of the trail north of the Kuser Connector may be muddy in wet periods. –Trail Map 1–Trail Map 2–Park info 1–Park info 2–Interactive Map. 4. 3 h 24 m This trail follows routes similar to others in All Trails but starts at the parking area off of Church Road in Hopewell Township. All hiking trails are marked and signed and are maintained by a dedicated group … Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain is named to honor the Rutgers University professor of biological sciences who campaigned for nearly a decade to make the park a reality. For complete hike details check out our main Baldpate Mountain – Ted Stiles Preserve page.. 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