Baldface Circle Trail had been in my back pocket for over a year. I was first alerted to it last Fall while on a hike to the summit of Mount Chocorua. A few hikers recommended it to me as they were descending from the top. I didn’t think much of it at the time. There are so many mountains in New England with baldface in the name it didn’t immediately stand out as significant.
Fast forward a year later. A year filled with more biking than hiking. In fact, I had not spent any time hiking in the White Mountains in all of 2021. It was a shift out of necessity. The travel time had become a little more difficult to justify. It was easier to hop on my gravel bike and start exploring the local double track. With the urge to get back on the trail finally reaching a boiling point, I knew I had to pay a visit to the Baldface Circle Trail. It was October and I just couldn’t close out the season without logging a few miles in the Whites. A few miles that turned out to be one of the most remarkable hikes I’ve ever done.