Bald-Speckled Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 1,389' 424 m
Descent: -1,389' -423 m
High: 2,146' 654 m
Low: 967' 295 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“A beautiful run through the remote Maine woods.”— Liz
Continue from the pond, the trail starts climbing. Most of the ascent to Bald Mountain is quite steep. It's rooty, rocky and traverses over a mix of singletrack and outcrops. If you came to climb, keep an eye out on your right side of a steep trail that drops down behind a boulder (there may or may not be flagging tape). Once you near the summit of Bald Mountain, take the Bald Summit Loop to get to the views. This spot is stunning. It overlooks the whole area including Shagg Pond below. It is a wonderful lunch stop. Wind back to the main trail and continue on toward Speckled Mountain.
From Bald Mountain, the trail rolls up and down a bit but generally climbs toward Speckled Mountain. This section of trail is much narrower and clearly sees less traffic. However, it is clear that there is a bit more wildlife here. You'll likely see some evidence of deer and moose. The views from Speckled Mountain are not quite as epic as Bald Mountain, but are still nice.
Once you reach the summit, head back the way you came. If its a hot day, maybe take a quick dip in Little Concord Pond before heading back to your car.
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Land Manager: Maine Bureau of Parks