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Ascent of Bald Mountain on 2016-05-11

Climber: Mike Dow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bald Mountain
    Location:USA-Connecticut
    Elevation:1121 ft / 341 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the gate at the end of the drive-able portion of Scully Road. There is a sign here saying that it is accessible as the Bald Mountain Preserve, and that there are no wheeled vehicles allowed on the trails. For the first 1/3 mile, you follow a dirt road surface, but around a white house (private property)it turns into a well defined trail.

At approximately one mile, there is a junction with the Shenipsit Trail where you turn right. There are white blazes for the Open Space Trails and also the old blue blazes. The trail is easy to follow except for one spot where the trail breaks left going uphill, but the more worn path continues straight. This spot was at approximately 41° 59' 40" N and 72° 42' 37.2" W. After a bit you will see white and blue blazes letting you know that you are on the right path.

When I reached the area marked as the summit, there is a junction with a trail that heads down toward the County Road end of the trail, but internet information implies that it dead ends at private property, but there is also information that there is still a route down.

Returned following the same path taking a 20-minute detour to knock out The Pinnacle which is also on the Shenipsit Trail.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:437 ft / 133 m
    Elevation Loss:437 ft / 133 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.2 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Nice day
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:437 ft / 133 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:Scully Road & Shenipsit Trail
    Trailhead:Scully Road Gate  684 ft / 208 m
    Time Up:57 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:437 ft / 133 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:Shenipsit Trail & Scully Road
    Trailhead:Scully Road Gate  684 ft / 208 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Somers High Point

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Bald Mountain2016-05-11 a
2The Pinnacle2016-05-11 b
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mike Dow
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