After enjoying the water's edge for a while, I turned back, heading north on the Long Trail through mostly hardwoods. The trail meanders along for nearly 2 miles before finally arriving at the Baker Peak Trail. From here a trail sign points you directly up the steep rock slab up to the peak.
The last .2 miles up is a fun rock scramble with great views opening up behind you.
After enjoying the great views, I headed down the Baker Peak Trail one mile back to the brook crossing and then the Lake Trail all the way back to the car.
Glad to get back to the car on a sticky, hot, and humid day. Total mileage of 8.6 miles RT, with 2350 feet elevation gain.