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WVAIA Guided Hike to Bald Knob

January 18, 2012

WVAIA (aka Waterville Valley Athletic & Improvement Association) volunteers, Dan Newton and Gary Moak, will lead a hike up Bald Knob on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Bald Knob (see photo, below) is a 2,300 foot peak on the Acteon Ridge in Waterville Valley.  It is one of the first peaks seen during the ride into Waterville Valley and it makes up part of the view across Rt. 49 from the Welch Ledges. 

The hike will start on the Yellowjacket Trail, but is primarily a bushhwack to the summit.  Upon reaching the summit, hikers will enjoy excellent views to the east and north of Welch-Dickey and beyond.

Round-trip distance – less than 3 miles (estimated)
Difficulty rating –  moderately challenging

Come prepared for winter conditions.  Snowshoes and/or crampons/microspikes are highly recommended.  Bring snacks, lunch for the summit, and water.

Meet at the Waterville Valley Town Square gazebo at 9 a.m. for carpool to the trailhead.

This guided hike is free, thanks to the volunteers of WVAIA.  Pre-registration is requested.  Email  A confirmation email will be sent to you a day before the hike.

Questions?  Call Dan Newton 603-236-9203 or Gary Moak 508-561-5541.

Guided hikes are offered to WVAIA members and guests.

WVAIA Membership

WVAIA was formed in 1888 “to encourage all healthful exercise and afford facilities thereto.”  In the 21st century, WVAIA strives to preserve the spirit of the founders, continuing traditions like hiking, trail stewardship, croquet, and social events…encouraging all to enjoy healthy, safe, outdoor activity in Waterville Valley and environs.  Individual and family memberships are offered.  All membership fees go directly toward funding trail work, programs and activities.

If you haven’t joined, please do so today. 

$25    Individual membership
$50    Family membership

Make checks payable to WVAIA (a 501(c)3 not-for-profit) and mail to:

PO Box 412
Waterville Valley, NH 03215

Dan Newton on Bald Knob, February 2011

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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