View Full Version : Bald Mountain and Artists Bluff - 4/17/09 (hiking with both my daughters)

04-20-2009, 08:45 PM
Cut and pasted from Sage's new (very pink) hiking blog:


Accompanying pictures and videos can be found there.

Bald Mountain and Artists Bluff, 1.5 miles total.

The day was warm, albeit a little windy -- we decided to postpone some of our homeschooling work and get outside! Bald Mountain, across the street from Cannon Mountain, is one of Sage's favorite places to visit. She hadn't been up there since last fall, since cold weather hiking is definitely not her thing. I took both girls and drove north. We parked at the hiker's parking lot, jumped out of the car, and ran toward the trailhead.

We stopped for a trailsign snapshot...

then headed up. The ground was free of snow, and Sage took the lead with relish.

A few months can make a lot of difference. Last fall, Sage enjoyed this hike but always took it very slowly going up the steep bit of hill before the sign leading toward Artists Bluff. This time around, she ran the whole way without slowing once. Guess her legs have grown a bit.

The girls at the trail intersection (sorry for the imperfect focus!).

We moved on and quickly reached one of the girls' favorite things -- rock scrambles!! Both kids climbed the first part quickly and then literally ran up the ledges.

I climbed up after them and filmed the rest of the ascent.

***Warning -- turn down your volume a bit, my annoying voice and the wind distortion gets a little loud.**

Some views from the top of Bald Mountain -- really, really nice, especially considering it's less than half a mile from the trailhead.

Franconia and Echo Lake...


A couple of goofy children...

Another video -- though it's probably only interesting if you're family or a close friend. Again, consider turning the volume down a bit...

We headed down the ledges, and I assumed we would be returning to the car. Not so -- Sage suggested we follow the path toward Artists Bluff. I warned her it was a lot longer getting back to the car that way, but she said she didn't mind. We paused for another picture, then on we went.

Within 100 yards of the intersection, we encountered a bit of snow and ice. It was nothing we couldn't walk around with care. Both girls decided to speed up the thawing process a bit.

We went ahead to the ledges, Sage taking the lead again and telling us exactly how we should hike, what rocks to step on, how we should use our poles, etc. Alex was a good sport and played along.

Views from the lookout ledge..

We soon reached the top of the climbers' rocks, and started down the stone steps.

Steps led down to the Artists Bluff trailhead. We paused for a picture..

...then the girls chased each other along the road and back to the car.

This was a great hike. Took us about 2 hours to do the 1.2 miles, but at least half an hour was spent having fun on the top of Bald Mountain. I was thrilled to get out with both my girls, and they were thrilled to be running around in the woods/climbing rocks with each other. Can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon.

04-21-2009, 07:01 AM
Looks like you all had a fun little getaway. Pictures were great and the videos fun as usual. Thanks for sharing.

04-21-2009, 08:49 AM
Won't be long before Sage is knocking off 4Ks with you and Alex. Seeing the pictures of them at the top makes it apparent that you have a pair of hams on your hands. You're going to have to be careful though - in a few years your going to have be keeping up with them and their unlimited childhood energy :)

04-21-2009, 09:28 AM
Thanks, Chris and Mark.

Mark, Alex and I would love nothing more than to have Sage decide she wants to hike 4Ks. Right now, it's gotta be 2 or 3 miles tops with not too much elevation gain, and lots of rock scrambling. Which is fine, as long as she's outside and enjoying herself, it's all good. However, I would be lying if I didn't say that both Alex and myself have hopes that she will eventually join us on longer excursions.