Elevation: 6,911 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019
Date of Climb: September 24, 2019
Bald Hill is a hump that is tucked in the west side of the South Hills, below Deadline Ridge to the east and mixed in with some other unranked points of similar height. While not an impressive summit, this is an enjoyable hike through a beautiful forest on a good ATV trail with other, older trails leading you right to the sparsely-visited summit. The summit is in open terrain and provides nice views of the surrounding canyons. USGS Pike Mountain
From the junction of Rock Creek Road/FSR-515 and FSR-500 (signed at the Magic Mountain Ski Area), drive north then west on FSR-500 for 7.9 miles to a signed junction with FSR-512.Turn L/S onto FSR-512 and drive 3.9 miles to a signed junction with FST-644 (an ATV trail). Park in a nice pullout just south of this junction along FSR-515. The elevation here is 6,475 feet.
South Ridge, Class 1
This is the easiest route to the top of Bald Hill. Hike NE up FST-644 for about a mile to a signed junction with FST-263, an older ATV road. Go straight onto FST-263 and follow it N about ½ mile to a signed junction with FST-118. Go L/W onto FST-118 and follow this old jeep track up through an aspen forest to reach the open scrub on the W side of the S ridge of Bald Hill. Stay on this old road as it crosses the ridge crest, drops slightly onto the W side of the ridge, then quickly turns R/N and follows the L/W side of the ridge briefly before returning to the ridge crest and making a sharp L/N turn to remain on the ridge crest on a faint, old 2-track jeep road.
The old road is now quite faint, but is easy to make fast time on. It stays on, or slightly L/W of, the ridge crest. It’s almost another ½ mile before you reach the high point of Bald Hill at the north end of this narrow, open ridge. The summit area has a few large ground boulders, but no summit cairn or signs of previous ascent. There isn’t any loose talus or scree here with which to build a summit cairn. You are rewarded with beautiful views of the surrounding valleys and hills.