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Bald Mountain Trail: Uinta Mountains, Summit County
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View at th top of Bald Mountain with Mirror Lake below.
View at th top of Bald Mountain with Mirror Lake below.
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By Steve Baker
 

Clipper Staff Writer 

This has to be one of the most beautiful hikes in the Uintas. The trail starts next to the restroom and comes to a split quickly, go right for Bald Mountain.  Get ready for nature’s staircase as the trail switchbacks up the rocky face of Bald Mountain. This will get your heart rate up, so take your time and stop and enjoy the terrific views below. As you rest, see if you can spot Mt. Timpanogos in the far distance. Do watch your footing going over loose rocks and steep vertical sides on the switchbacks. You leave the lower switchbacks at .06 miles and arrive at the plateau. The rocky trail becomes less steep as you hike east near small patches of dwarf conifers. The trees disappear in the higher elevation, around 11,500 feet. At one mile, you leave the plateau and make the last push to the top. This section has a few dangerous drop-offs as the trail goes over the boulder field. You arrive at a staircase in the boulders, which I named “Stairway to Heaven.” As you make your way up the stairs, all you see is the sky and clouds above and you can’t wait to see beyond them. At the top of the stairs, the peak is revealed. On the peak is a stunning 360 degree view of the Uintas. Because of dangerous drop-offs, I don’t recommend this hike to families with small children. It doesn’t get any better then this! Life is good.

 
Difficulty: Strenuous

Elevation gain: 1,160 ft.

Round-trip miles: 4

Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours

Dogs allowed: Yes

Trailhead restrooms: Yes

Day use fee: $6

Trailhead directions: 

From the Salt Lake Valley it’s about a 95-minute drive to Bald Mountain. From Kamas, take U.S. 150 (Mirror Lake Highway) and drive to the summit parking for Bald Mountain Picnic Area.

Hike questions: sbaker@davisclipper.com

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