Bald Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Duchesne County and Summit County, Utah. It is within Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 10,769 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,289 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. The trail ends near Bald Mountain (elevation 11,729 feet).
Bald Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Weber, Provo, Duchesne, and Bear Rivers all begin near here. Looking to the west, you can spot a couple dozen lakes that speckle the upper regions of the Provo and Weber Rivers.Bald Mountain—the best time investment you can make in the High Uintas. If you only have a few hours to spend and want to experience some grand vistas, then this is the place. Just 2.5 miles of steep hiking puts you atop this well-known peak, where you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of four of Utah’s major watersheds.Scan the cliffs and debris fields of Bald Mountain for moving white spots; there is a high chance of spotting mountain goats."
--Jeffrey Probst & Brad Probst, Revised by Brett Prettyman, Hiking Utah's High Uintas (Falcon Guides).
"With a convenient trailhead and a well-groomed trail to the summit, Bald Mountain is an ideal climb, especially for children and inexperienced hikers who want to experience the thrill of climbing a high mountain summit. A National Recreation Trail recognized for its outstanding scenery, the Bald Mountain Trail offers wildflowers and breathtaking views of lakes and surrounding peaks in the High Uintas."
--Greg Witt, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Bald Mountain is the most accessible of the major Uinta Mountain peaks. She sits
just off Mirror Lake Highway on Bald Mountain Pass and can be skied after the road
is plowed, around Memorial Day weekend. The route up is pretty straightforward as
you can either follow the summer trail from the pass for south-facing shots, or boot
straight up the east side of the mountain from Mirror Lake. But don’t let the ease of
access fool you, because the runs on Bald Mountain are steep and rocky, so it’s best to
make spring turns after a big snow year, or bring your rock boards so you won’t worry
about the inevitable core shot."
--Jared Hargrave, Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
"The easy-to-follow trail offers no obstacles or challenges other than length and an abundance of scouts. During a summer weekday expect to find upward of fifteen scout groups along this trail staking out prime lakefront campsites. Although clearly marked signs require campers to distance themselves 200 feet from all lakeshores, local scout troops appear to exempt themselves. The good news is that these happy and noisy kids all seem to love dogs and the terrain is spectacular."
--Dayna Stern, Best Hikes With Dogs: Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
"Accessible directly from the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, Bald Mountain is a marvelous lung-burner that affords those who reach its rocky top incomparable 360-degree views across a rolling landscape of mountains and lakes as far as the eye can see. Although short in length, this hike’s elevation gain means you will be exercising those lungs on the way up. A trailhead point for a maze of hikes that lead deep into the wilderness, Bald Mountain is also home to a herd of mountain goats that the sharp-eyed can sometimes easily spot, due to their bright white coats, as they lounge or graze on the steep mountain sides."
--Julie K. Trevelyan , 100 Classic Hikes Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
"Bald Mountain may be the highest point in the Uintas easily accessed from a major road. At nearly 12,000 feet, the area is open only for a short period each year, and even this brief summer can feel more like winter. Because this area is so accessible, it is a great place to explore in search of those high-montane species, particularly American Pipit and Black Rosy-Finch. Specialty birds: Townsend’s Solitaire; American Pipit; Black Rosy-Finch. Other key birds: Rock Wren; Mountain Bluebird; Hermit Thrush; Chipping and White-crowned Sparrows; Cassin’s Finch. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information."
--D. E. McIvor, Birding Utah (Falcon Guides).
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