Bald Mountain

Elevation: 5,122 ft

This peak is not in the book.


One of the shortest of the 47 Idaho peaks with a name containing the word “bald,” this Bald Mountain is much more impressive than it’s 5,122 feet elevation would suggest. The peak rises up quickly out the Payette River Canyon to its high point which offers a stunning view of the surrounding countryside. USGS Garden Valley

During the summer you can follow a Forest Service Road to the north side of the peak and reach the summit with approximately 500 feet of elevation gain, depending on where you park. The more challenging way to scale the peak is to start at the trailhead directly across from the Garden Valley ranger station. The trailhead and the Station Creek trail does not show up on the Boise National Forest map. I have only climbed the peak in winter and cannot comment on the condition of the trails in this area. However, where the snow was thin on the ridge I spotted a good trail tread in several places. Tom Cox’s trip report cover his September 2015 ascent and is linked below.

I learned about the peak and the ascent line from a trip report prepared by Dave Pahlas. Check out Dave’s trip report.

This map prepared by Dave Pahlas shows the route line followed to the peaks summit.

This map prepared by Dave Pahlas shows the route line followed to the peaks summit.

Gilbert Gallegos working up the peak's south ridge on a foggy day. The ridge climbs steeply out of canyon bottom for the first 900 feet and then stair steps up after that.

Gilbert Gallegos working up the peak’s south ridge on a foggy day. The ridge climbs steeply out of canyon bottom for the first 900 feet and then stair steps up after that

The route side hills around point 4722 and then reaches this broad saddle. From this point, the route turns due east and works it's way up and down toward the summit. Gilbert Gallegos Photo

The route side hills around point 4722 and then reaches this broad saddle. From this point, the route turns due east and works it’s way up and down toward the summit. Gilbert Gallegos Photo

The summit is about 0.6 miles away.

The summit is about 0.6 miles away.

The slope leading to peak's shorter western summit. Gilbert Gallegos Photo

The slope leading to peak’s shorter western summit. Gilbert Gallegos Photo

Gil, on the last few,fear to the top.

Gil, on the last few feet to the top.

Looking down the west ridge. The last half mile is a bit of a roller coaster ride on snowshoes.

Looking down the west ridge. The last half mile is a bit of a roller coaster ride on snowshoes.

The trip to the top and back was 7.6 miles with total elevation gain of 2,631 feet (which included two short detours).

Bald Mountain GPS Track.

Bald Mountain GPS Track.

 

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Western Salmon River Mountains

Year Climbed: 2015

Longitude: -115.88919   Latitude: 44.08149

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