If you have never heard of Bald Mountain, you have likely already laid eyes on it without knowing it. It is the rocky peak visible in the far distance from the St. Anne’s look off on top of Kelly’s Mountain. While this is not an officially marked trail, we feel this is a must do for any serious Cape Breton hiker.
To reach Bald Mountain, from the parking areas on the Big Baddeck Road walk until you hit the junction of the 710 and 750. Take the 750 snow mobile track and follow it until your reach the peak. You will know you are on the right track when you see McMillon cemetery. About 5.6 km’s in, the 750 makes a sharp left, if you keep going straight, there is a short off shoot to see some old foundations. The view from Bald Mountain is magnificent and one of the best views on the Island. Retrace route to return.
Follow Big Baddeck Road until you no longer feel comfortable proceeding (road is rough going past the 5km part as of May 2015). There is a good place to park about 4.7 km’s in (likely the best spot for cars) as well as 7.7 km’s in (just past the shelter turnoff) for something with more clearance.