Bald Mountain is three (3) parcels of property gifted or purchased over the years, 1) Bridge property acquired 2/1/2002 consisting of 64 acres; 2) Galbraith consisting of 22 acres; 3) Trappe property purchased 10/9/2009 and 138 acres. Access is off of Upper Scully Road or Bald Mountain Road. Shenipsit State Forest and Somers' town property abuts the Bald Mountain properties.
Access is at the intersection of Upper Scully Road and Bald Mountain Drive. Park at the side of the road or on the dirt road that continues at the end of Upper Scully Road, located on the west side of Bald Mountain. There are no official or marked trails in this area. There are some well-worn trails and some lead to the top of the mountain. Northern Connecticut Land Trust property boundaries are clearly posted.
Note: Hunting is allowed on the state land and by approved individuals on the Bridge Property so please use caution during hunting season.
Bald Mountain Bird Habitat Assessment
In 2014 Audubon Connecticut received a government grant to conduct assessments of forest bird habitat throughout Connecticut. NCLT responded to Audubon's search for landowners having plots of forested land who were interested in participating by submitting proposals for both Bald Mountain Preserve and Whitaker Woods. Bald Mountain Preserve was accepted as one of over 30 properties to be assessed in 2014. The assessment was performed jointly by Audubon Connecticut, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, forester Eric Hansen and several NCLT members on August 20th.
Googe Map with GPS tracking: trail from parking/sign to summit and return. 2.5 miles
Ginny Patsun and Jack Kertenis stand next to the new sign for the Bald Mountain Preserve on Scully Road. Preserving Bald Mountain has been a life time dream for Ginny. Having grown up nearby it had always been a safe haven for her during stressful times and profoundly influenced her desire to become a naturalist. Jack is the Stewardship Team Leader for the Preserve which unites the Bridge, Galbraith and Trappe parcels. Photo by Wes Smith.
Wes Smith (left) and Mike Stenz stand next to the new sign for Whitaker Woods on Wells Road. Both are members of the Stewardship Team for that property. Wes is the Team Leader. Photo by Jerry Stage.