Pennsylvania has several summits named Bald Mountain, but none are quite as impressive as the one located just west of Scranton. This Bald Mountain features a rim of cliffs and talus offering incredible views in almost all directions, only the east is obscured by trees. When the leaves are off the trees, you can look down on Montage Mountain. The summit is comprised of a stunted forest, with twisted oak and birch trees, with some spruce. One ledge is a dramatic overhang, reminiscent of Virginia’s famous McAfee Knob.
The views are surely among the best in the state, offering diverse scenery of farmlands, the twisting Susquehanna River valley, plateaus, distant mountains, and the ridges and valleys and Poconos to the south.
The exposed ledges also feature many carvings, the earliest we found was from the 1880s. The most impressive carving was that of an eagle.
I look forward to returning in the summer, when the view overlooks an ocean of green under blue skies, similar to what we saw from Osterhout Mountain, ten miles to the northwest.