Bald Mountain

Panorama from the summit of Bald Mountain.  Elk Mountain is to the far right.

Panorama from the summit of Bald Mountain. Elk Mountain is to the far right.

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.

Views of North and Firetower Mountains.  You can see the entire profile of the high plateaus, from Ricketts Glen to Mehoopany.

Views of North and Firetower Mountains. You can see the entire profile of the high plateaus, from Ricketts Glen to Mehoopany.

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.

View to the south

View 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.

Eagle carving at the summit

Eagle carving at the summit

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.

Osterhout or Shadwbrook Mountain in the center of the photo.

Osterhout or Shadowbrook Mountain in the center of the photo.

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