Region Map / Lower St. John River / Welsford / Mount Douglas Bald

Mount Douglas Bald Trail (Bald Peak)

Quick Facts

Ratings Legend

Difficulty Strenuous Features Rock Face, Rocky Peak
Trail Type Linear Trail Markers None but trail easy to follow
Distance 1.06 km Scenery Rating Beautiful
Estimated Time 1 hr 45 mins return Mainteance Rating Well Maintained
Trail Surface Type Forested, Rocky Cell Phone Reception Not checked
Elevation Change 201 meters GPS file Available on request


Map Legend

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Note: Access permits are required for this trail. To get an access permit drive to the Range Control office in Camp Petersville located approximately 12 km north of Welsford at exit 51 on route 7. Provided there are no existing restrictions in the training area a recreational day pass will be given to you.

Take route 7 between Fredericton and Saint John. About half way between the two cities you will find a small community of Welsford in the Nerepis River valley. Turn onto route 101 next to the Irving gas station. After 600 m you will go under the new 4-lane highway and find a small access road on your right. This road was used to access the constuction site when the overpasses were being built. Drive up the road and park straight ahead near the back of the yard. The trail starts in the woods just off the back of the yard.

Note: Once the 4-lane highway is in operation the directions for this trail will change. Just find the construction yard east of the overpass on route 101 and you should be able to find the trail head.

Trail Description

The Mount Douglas Bald Trail starts to climb as soon as it leave the parking area. The trail is a steady climb that turns more rocky as you get near the peak. The trail travels through a mixewood forest and eventually comes out at the cliff face. The granite cliff face is worth exploring and is used by rock climbers to get to the peak. If you are not into technical climbing, or forget your ropes at home, there is an easier way to access the peak. You can find a trail on the left side of the cliffs. The peak of the mountain is solid granite that provides open views of Welsford and the valley below.

Caution: The cliff is a high, straight drop as you probably seen on the way up. Stay safe, keep back from the cliff edge, and enjoy the view.

Blog Posts

March 3, 2016 - Welsford Falls and Spending the Night on Mount Douglas Bald

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Trail last visited November 27, 2010.
Page Last Updated May 20, 2018.