From the access trail that ascends Bald Mountain in Dedham, the view to the southwest encompasses nearby Great Pond Mountain in Orland (left), the Camden Hills on the distant horizon (center). and Dodge Hill (right). Buy Photo
Two hikers walk their dogs across Sunset Ledge on Bald Mountain in Dedham on April 17. Although the blustery northwest wind barreled across the mountaintop, the clear atmosphere provided views extending more than 100 miles to the north and the west. Buy Photo
Hikers ascending Bald Mountain in Dedham this spring can locate Mount Katahdin by looking for its snow-covered peak along the northern horizon. In warmer weather Katahdin often resembles a blur slightly “bluer” than the surrounding sky. The mountain is about 100 miles from Bald Mountain.
In 2012 the Department of Homeland Security constructed a new communications tower atop Bald Mountain in Dedham. There are eight other communications towers on the mountain.
By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff
Posted April 24, 2013, at 1:55 p.m.
Hikers focused on exploring the peaks of Acadia National Park and and Baxter State Park might overlook the spring hiking opportunities looming along the Penobscot Valley eastern and southern horizon.
The Dedham Hills straddle the Hancock-Penobscot county border and include several peaks accessible to hikers and the occasional mountain biker.
Among these peaks is Bald Mountain, topped by spruce and fir and nine communications towers. I usually kick off a hiking season by stretching my legs on Bald Mountain, accesssed from the Bald Mountain Road in Dedham.
Clear blue skies called me up the granite-floored trail on Wednesday, April 17. Despite the cold wind blustering across the summit, I lingered a while on Sunset Ledge to enjoy the views north to snow-covered Mount Katahdin and west to the Bigelows.