Though short, this extremely steep hike is quite a grueling climb. One of the classic climbs, this walk takes you to the incredibly high 3639m Bald Mountain. It should go without saying that you can see a lot of Utah from this height.
From Kamas head along Utah 150 for 46.8km. After seeing signs for Bald Mountain Pass, watch out for a trailhead sign to your left, signed as the Bald Mountain Picnic Area.
|When to do|
Late June through September
None on this trail, but many nearby
Yes, at trailhead
Out and back
There not much to this hike! Simply start past the outhouse and keep right at the first junction. Then, almost immediately, you’ll start climbing. The trail initially starts switchbacking, then veers left (west) as you traverse towards the plateau along the Southwest flank of the mountain.
As you climb along the wooded ridge it is very easy to loose the path. That being said, as long as you continue heading up towards the northeast you will eventually leave the small wooded area and the path will be easily visible from most of the ridge.
The obvious path will lead up past several false summits before the actual summit. From the top the entire wilderness of the Uintas will fall out below you. To the west you will be able to see Notch Mountain and Mount Watson, to the north Mount Marsell and Hayden Peak, and to the east Mount Agassiz.
After relishing the views, return the way you came.
Be on the lookout for the common afternoon thunderstorms that sweep through the Uintas in the summer months. On our last trip up Bald Mountain, imposing thunder forced us to tuck tail and run down after getting to the final summit ridge. Scary stuff!
A recreation pass is required to park in the National Forest, which can be purchased throughout the park; however, a National Parks Pass is also accepted.
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