Sat Jul 09 2022 hike up Bald Mount Westmore by Dana Lawrence/Nancy ThomasEight intrepid hikers,two trip leaders, and one friendly and very fluffy dog gathered in the Village of Westmore for a hike up Bald Mountain. The weather was perfect, 60 degrees, the blue sky with puffy blue clouds. The trail up the mountain was a nice mix of woods walk and steeper parts with some nice rock work evidences of some fine early trailwork long ago. The mix of trail allowed participants to give their hiking legs a workout and still talk and get to know each other on the way. The top of the mountain, while not having groung level views, has a sturdy firetower that offers spectacular 360 views of the White Mountains, Green Mountains, Adirondacks, and mountains in nearby Canada. It also provides lovely views of Lake Willoughby and the many lakes and ponds that dot the area. Joining us as one of our hikes was Bob Poppa, the Vermont State Botanist who shared with us that the south face of this mountain has some unique geology that results in the growth of plants and trees that do not grow in other parts of the state. In addition to the fire tower, the mountain top also contains a cabin constructed and maintained by the Northwoods Stewardship Center, a group which contributes considerably to the trails, mountains, and outdoor experiences of the Northeast Kingdom. The cabin is open for year round use and on the way down the mountain we met a three generation family backpacking up to spend the night there. Good hike, good company, good weather, who could ask for anything more.