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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Bald Rock Mountain

Bald Rock Mountain Trail, Penobscot Bay

On Sunday morning, Spencer and I were laying in bed completely ready to leave the house but with nowhere to go. We both get easily overwhelmed when our usual spots are crowded with tourists, but that's the thing-- this area gets stupidly busy during the summer, so it's difficult to find a local place that isn't crowded. Finally after a lot of scrolling through our Foursquare to-do lists, we settled on hiking Bald Rock Mountain for the first time.

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Since most of our hiking trips are spontaneous, we never really get an opportunity to bring Theo but since we had a game plan before we left the house, we brought the dude with us. Theo has always very clearly been more of a winter dog, but a large majority of the trail was shaded by trees, so I knew he'd be fine. We also brought a big Nalgene bottle and portable water bowl for him. Theo was being a big baby and kept laying down in the middle of the trail, so Spencer had to carry Theo, our 90lb dog, for the last few minutes of the hike.

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Bald Rock Mountain Trail, things to do near Camden Maine

The trail to the summit of Bald Rock Mountain is a big loop, about 3 miles total. We started off on the multi-use trail, which is an uphill graveled trail, and eventually came across the marker for Bald Rock Trail. Bald Rock Trail was kinda steep sometimes, but still easy. On the way down, we continued on the loop using the Frohock Mountain Trail which didn't seem as well maintained as Bald Rock Trail, but it was also still easy.

Bald Rock Mountain Trail, Penobscot BayThe summit of Bald Rock Mountain is the main attraction, of course. The top had wild blueberries growing all over and beautiful views of the Penobscot Bay (you can see more of those views here and here). The summit was a little crowded when we got there, but it wasn't bad at all, especially compared to how crowded nearby Mount Battie usually is. Plus, Theo got to be the center of attention for a few minutes and he always loves that.

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It was a beautiful day and I'm so glad that we finally crossed another place off of our to-do list. What's your favorite thing to do on Sundays? 
1 comment on "Bald Rock Mountain"
  1. What a stunning view from the top. I love that your dog demanded to be carried, it reminds me of my Nan's dog. He's a lab too, and he's always really excited for a walk at the beginning but after about 45 minutes he's over it and just starts sniffing everything and walking really slowly like he can't be bothered.

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