Bald Mountain

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Trail Distance: 1.2 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 10 min+
Elevation Gain: 1228 feet
Leash Rule: Off Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: $6 -$45
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description

Whether you have two legs or four, hiking in Utah’s Uinta Mountains is an absolute treat. Pack up your pooch and head over to the Bald Mountain Trailhead for a furrific hike through some truly unique terrain. Fondly referred to as Mt. Baldy by the locals, this peak is visited by hundreds of hikers each year.

The trailhead is located just off Bald Mountain Pass inside the Mirror Lake Recreation Fee Area. This area is pupular for camping and backpacking, and passes range in price. For a 1-3 Day pass you’ll pay $6.00, a 7 Day pass is $12.00, and an annual pass is $45.00.The parking lot is used for a few other trails, as well as a shuttle drop off for longer backpacking trips. If you can, get there early to secure a spot. Restrooms and picnic tables are available. However, there is no water source, so you’ll need to bring your own.

Although this trail is short, it packs quite a punch. It begins with a set of switchbacks that will wake your pup’s leg muscles right up. Then the trail traverses the side of the mountain in a steady climb. The last section of the trail runs through a boulder field and requires some rock hopping. Before reaching the top, you’ll also have to cross a narrow ridge. If your pooch sticks to the trail, they shouldn’t have any trouble. Once at the summit, give your pooch a high five and enjoy sweeping views of the Uinta Mountains!

Keep in mind, most of the trail is above the tree line, so it is quite exposed. The top of this peak sits at 11,943 feet above sea level. You may need to hike slower than usual to adjust to the altitude. The bottom line is this trail is the perfect way for your pooch to bag their first peak!

Trail Features
Forest, Steep Inclines, Rocky, Loose Terrain
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Due to the high altitude, the weather near Bald Mountain can change instantly. Wear layers of clothing and be prepared for wind and rain. Never hike this trail when lightning is present.
Address
Bald Mountain Pass Picnic Area Mirror Lake Highway
Kamas, UT 84036
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
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Address
Bald Mountain Pass Picnic Area Mirror Lake Highway
Kamas, UT 84036
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours