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Bald Mountain via the Artist Bluff Trail

The perfect leaf peeping hike in Franconia Notch.

Hiking Moderate

2.1 km
137 m
137 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
600 m
High Point
709 m
Bald Mountain via the Artist Bluff Trail Map

The Artist Bluff Trail leading to the summit of Bald Mountain is a spectacular stretch of trail providing elevated views of the region. From here, you can see Franconia Notch, Mt. Lafayette, and more. This is an especially popular sightseeing hike in the fall.


This hike is also especially attractive because it tags the summit of Bald Mountain yet returns to the trailhead via an entirely different trail for a very rewarding loop hike. While there are some roots and rocks to be traversed on this hike, this trail is generally well-maintained and achievable for most hikers. Combine the short distance, moderate climbing, and fantastic views, and you get a high-value family-friendly hike that attracts plenty of crowds.

Sources: https://www.summitpost.org/bald-mountain-and-artist-bluff-franconia-notch/154050 https://www.visitwhitemountains.com/listing/artists-bluff-and-bald-mountain/135/



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between May and November


  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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