Elevation - 1767
Posted Distance: 3.4 Miles
Suggested Time: 1.5 Hours
Our Time: 2 Hours
Trout Mountain is best accessed by the North Park Entrance. Parking is right across from the Trout Brook Campground.
It's a short loop and from a parking lot adjacent to the trailhead; I don't think it quite matters which direction you go.
The big mistake we made in this hike was going in June. We doused ourselves in bug spray and it only dented the impact of the blackflies at Baxter park in June. Something we surely should have expected. Under prepared for the flies, we nearly sprinted the loop in order to get out of the elements. We even saved our sandwiches for the car in order to shorten the time at the summit.
That said, it's a fine little hike. We went started the loop to the right from the parking lot which lead to a lot of downhill when we should have been going uphill. Which I always find frustrating. The view is half decent for a peak just under 2000 feet. Coming down the otherside of the mountain is a pretty straight shot, all downhill trek.
We were planning on combining this with Horse mountain but with the blackflies we just packed it in and went home.
Worth doing. Probably really good if you have a youngster that want's to take a hike. But the most valuable lesson is delay your start of season in Baxter to mid July.