Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bald Mountain: Hiking, Hunting and Coexisting

 Bald Mountain Recreation Area is popular in autumn with hikers, color peepers, mountain bikers, nature explorers and hunters. Many users fall under more than one category. (And once the snows arrive the north unit trails offer excellent ungroomed cross country skiing with some challenging hills.) For more on hiking the north trails see the October 31st Oakland Press 'Oakland Outdoors' hiking column: Section A.   With hunting season here a few words of common sense caution are in order.  To insure a safe experience it is advisable to wear some blaze orange or other bright colored clothes when hiking or cycling in areas open to hunting. And to minimize contact with hunters - who also wish to minimize their contact with you - stay on designated and marked trails. A little mutual respect goes a long way in this 4,637 acre hilly wildland maintained and patrolled by the MDNRE for your enjoyment and use.

Small glacial created lakes and bogs provide habitat for beaver and fish.
One of the two DNRE owned rustic cabins available to rent.

Witch hazel is now in peak bloom. The delicate yellow spidery  blossoms usually remain until Thanksgiving.

During hunting season it is best to stay on  marked trails and not explore backwoods.

Sugar maples add brilliant color contrast in early November to a woodland dominated by oaks and evergreens


Blogger Sandman said...

This is indeed a nice place to visit, but not if you like to metal detect for lost coins an junk. The Office of the State Archaeologist instructs the DNRE that metal detecting isn't allowed anywhere but in the parking lots, which are paved by the way. How dumb is that? According to laws on the books we aren't allowed to dig on our own property if the archoleologists think the ground is old of might have an arrow head on it.

November 1, 2010 at 1:48 PM 
Anonymous SooDuckCamp said...

This hunter, who many years ago used to hunt and fish Bald Mountain, appreciates the common sense appeal for co-existence of hunters and non-hunters in this recreation area and in many others. A little mutual respect does indeed go a long way.

November 3, 2010 at 10:42 AM 

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