Bald Mountain Trail

Difficulty
This reflects the 10Adventures difficulty rating for each route. We aim to keep ratings consistent across regions.
Easy
Duration
This reflects the estimated time the majority of users will take on this trail. If you are slower, add time to the top-end figure. If you are fast, then you may complete this route faster than this time range.
1.5-2h
Distance
This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
4.2 km
Elevation
This reflects the total elevation gained throughout this route as measured by the GPS file. This includes all ascents and descents, and is higher than what is quoted in most route guides, which simply measure the distance between the starting-point and high-point of the route.
295 m
User Ratings
These ratings are completed by users who have completed this trail and not subject to reviews by 10Adventures.
Overall Rating
This is the average user-submitted overall rating on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest.
9.1
Physical Difficulty
This is the average user-submitted rating on the physical difficulty of this route. In general, green is beginner, blue is intermediate, black is advanced/most difficult and double-black is expert-only. It is recommended that users build up to black and double-black routes.
Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
Technical Difficulty
This is the average user-submitted rating on the technical difficulty of this route. In general, green is beginner, blue is intermediate, black is advanced/most difficult and double-black is expert-only. It is recommended that users build up to black and double-black routes.
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Read Reviews
Directions to Trailhead
Bald Mountain hike in the Uinta Mountains

Though short, this extremely steep hike is quite a grueling climb. One of the classic climbs, this walk takes you to the incredibly high 11,940 ft Bald Mountain. It should go without saying that you can see a lot of Utah from this height.

Guide-book quality info for over 8,000 trails

View Bald Mountain Trail on Map

View Map

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get a weekly dose of discounts and inspiration for adventure lovers

Route Description for Bald Mountain Trail

There is not much to the Bald Mountain 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 lose 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 from the top of Bald Mountain, return the way you came.

Hiking trail highlights

Bald Mountain

To hike one of the highest peaks in the western Uinta Mountains, you’ll want to conquer Bald Mountain. While the hike can be steep, the switchbacks make for a fun challenge on the way to the top. The reward calls hikers names as they ascend with the promise of taking in not one, but four of Utah’s major watersheds.

The elevation will take you to 11,943ft above sea level and once at the tip top, look out to spot some of the landmark lakes in the area, spanning from Provo to Weber Rivers. On the east side, you can also enjoy views over Mount Agassiz and Hayden Peak and even the winding Mirror Lake Highway.

Find more great hikes in the Uinta Mountains:

Insider Hints for Bald Mountain Trail

  • 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.

Getting to the Bald Mountain Trail Trailhead

To reach the Bald Mountain hike, start from Kamas and head along Utah 150 for 29.1 mi. After seeing signs for Bald Mountain Pass, watch out for a trailhead sign to your left, signed as the Bald Mountain Picnic Area.

Route Information

  • When to do

    Late June through September

  • Backcountry Campsites

    None on this trail, but many nearby

  • Toilets

    Yes, at trailhead

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Out and back

Bald Mountain Trail Elevation Graph

Weather Forecast

Check Area Weather

Bald Mountain Trail Reviews

Add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Nearby Trails

Nearby Regions

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get a weekly dose of discounts and inspiration for adventure lovers

Tours

Routes

Blogs