Trip report

BBTS Baldface Loop

Full Day Hike DATE: 04/20/2024 - 04/20/2024

Trip/Event Location: North Chatham , NH

Trip Leader(s): nhclimber03264 , Carl

Max # People: 25

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level: Strenuous

B.B.T.S.  Black and Blue Trail Smashers!

            Baldface Loop (Evans Notch Maine) Starting at the parking lot on route 113 (North

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

This trip is in preparation for the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim Adventure. This trip features the distance without the 100-degree heat, scorpions, rattlesnakes, or tarantulas. This is open to all with the understanding that this will be a STRENOUS hike with STEADY PACE. This is NOT a beginner or season starter.


The group will meet at the parking lot on route 113, North Chatham NH. The parking area is on the right side opposite the Emerald Pool Trail. The group will meet at 8 am SHARP.  

Trip Report/Photos
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The Black & Blue Trail Smashers (BBTS) were at it again last weekend, this time on Baldface Mountain in North Chatham, NH.   In an act of pure benevolence, the trip leader pushed back the start time for the hike from 8 am to 9:30 am for those of us from MA who had a 3-hour drive.  April showers, which were supposed to dissipate by 9 am according to the forecast, never got the memo and misted us off and on through the morning.  Thankfully, the gays are always up for a costume change, and we had our hard shells and raincoats ready to go.  

After two water crossings—one easy and one a bit dicey—we started our climb.  We had opted to go counter-clockwise to avoid the cliffs, which are steep and treacherous when wet.  Stories and jokes flowed as we made our way up the trail.  We were only a few miles from Maine, and, on a clear day, you can see all the way to Portland.  We had great views of Moriah, the Carters, the Wildcats, and, of course, Washington.  The view was stunning.   The deep snow drifts towards the top of the summit were equally stunning, and we decided to turn back around 4 miles into the hike.  When we got back to those earlier stream crossings, half of our party found creative ways across.  And two just walked through the water—because that’s how they roll.  :) 

About a quarter mile from the parking lot is Emerald Pool.  The deep green waters were spectacular and you can tell how popular this spot must be in the summer months.  Overall, it was a great day.  Thank you so much, JT, for organizing this hike!

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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event

  • Thanks jt that was a really neat hike, and a huge thanks for helping me cross the river the 1st time. :) - Twigs

Members That Participated


Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous

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Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous

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Twigs Apr 23, 2024 at 2:53 PM

Comment: Thanks jt that was a really neat hike, and a huge thanks for helping me cross the river the 1st time. :)

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