Bald Mountain is the highest mountain in the New Jersey Ramapos and Bergen County, but it does not offer any summit views.
There are no marked trails to the top but there is an access road for the summit's radio tower. Just below the summit there is a cluster of ruins that appears to be a popular spot for local revelry.
The climb up Bald Mountain, like the climbs up the other Ramapo High Peaks, requires over 800' of vertical gain when begun from one of the Ramapo River trailheads. The most interesting climb up Bald Mountain is via the valley of the Stag Hill Brook. Though Bald Mountain itself doesn't offer views, there are many ledges and summits in the Ramapos which do.
The photograph above was taken from the viewpoint on Ilgenstein Rock.
From Drag Hill, made my way down back to where I split from the woods road to the gas line cut. From here I followed a collection of very muddy and wet woods roads that lead to some ruins below the summit. Followed a maintenance road to the top where the radio tower stands.
Did Bald Mountain, Drag Hill and Rocky Mountain in one loop with John. Starting in lot at Ramapo Valley County Reservation we hit Bald Mt first and headed up the road near the gate to the gas plant and up from there to Drag Hill. From there we went dow the hill on the gravelly, rocky descent and then started back up toward Rocky Mountain after passing the Silver Red trail. We cut into the woods from the road and bushwhacked the last few tenths of a mile to the summit. From there we bushwhacked back down to the silver Red. That section was a bit dicey given steep pitches in places and a leaf covered ground. Once back on the SIlver red we headed back to the lot on marked trail going by the reservoir and the waterfall.
Continued from Ilgenstein Rock to Bald Mountain on an un-named trail straight north from Pierson Exploration. Not a very scenic trail with lots of empty beer cans and car wrecks.
Hiked from my home in Mahwah, up Stag Hill Road where I saw a bear, into the woods roads (with no trespassing signs; weird because I know that's public property). Bushwhacked a bit til I got to Mountain Road, turned left, found the ruins where there were some kids with dirtbikes. Turned right and hiked the last quarter mile up the hill. Looked around and didn't see a marker. Walked all around the tower and touched every rock I could find. Then I continued south and exited at the Ramapo Reservation Parking Lot. GPS log with map here: https://smashrun.com/stevetursi/run/20304638/ji9eknn6#map