Big Baldy Peak

Elevation: 9,705 ft

Access and hiking information for this peak is found on pages 117 to 118.


Big Baldy Peak 9,705 feet, Salmon River Mountains, (Class 1) is one of my favorite climbs. This massive summit, which should be on every hiker’s to-do list, an island in the sky, anchors the east end of Big Baldy Ridge which runs east from Pistol Rock. It is the highest Salmon River Summit west of the Middle Fork and dominates a huge section of country. It is also the highest point in Valley County. The ridge walk in the from the west is a classic way to experience┬áthe Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness without traveling along its many rivers. Round trip distance for the route inmthe book is 32 miles. Estimates by climbers of elevation gain round trip vary from 8,800 to 9,800 feet. Use the link below for John Platt’s 2016 trip report. The area burned recently and his report will give you a better idea of current conditions.

Big Baldy Peak viewed from the west. John Platt Photo

Big Baldy Peak viewed from the west. John Platt Photo

The summit is a long way off in this shot.

The summit is a long way off in this shot.

The summit of Boig Baldy which holds an active fire lookout during the summer.

The summit of Boig Baldy which holds an active fire lookout during the summer.

Buck Lake is a great place to lay over on a climb of Big Baldy.

Buck Lake is a great place to lay over on a climb of Big Baldy.

Another view of Buck Lake. The trail into the peak passes above the lake but a side trail leads down to this excellent camping spot.

Another view of Buck Lake. The trail into the peak passes above the lake but a side trail leads down to this excellent camping spot.

This photo gives you an idea of the terrain along the Big Baldy Ridge Trail.

This photo gives you an idea of the terrain along the Big Baldy Ridge Trail.

Mountain Range: Central Salmon River Mountains

Year Climbed: 1991

Longitude: -115.219   Latitude: 44.7824

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