Baldpate Hill sits atop a drumlin, a rounded hill formed by glacial ice acting on the underlying soil. It is near Baldpate Pond and a satellite of Massachusetts Division of Forest and Parks property. It is accessible by walking the relatively steep fire road. A fire tower is still present at the top of the hill.
Hikers will see the presence of utility poles, wires and a cell phone tower.
Long before there were fire towers or communications towers, Indigenous people would have come to this hill for the view and perhaps to gather for ceremonies. At 108 meters, the hilltop, unforested at that time, would have afforded extensive views of the Merrimack Valley and would have been associated with spirits believed to reside at the summits of hills above 50 meters in elevation.
Flora & Fauna
Scarlet tanagers, house wrens, and ruby meadowhawk dragonflies can be spotted in the summer, and gray tree frogs can be heard calling, especially after rain.
The non-migratory ruffed grouse has been spotted here.