Bald Mountain by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 8,491 ft
Prominence: 1,551

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Climbing and access information for this peak is on Page 371 of the book. Published December 2020

Bald Mountain is another LONG ridgeline in the Caribou Mountains. The high point is at 8,491 feet and is about 2-1/2 miles south of Old Baldy Peak (8,325 feet). An old 2-track jeep road (now overgrown with tall field grass in many sections) gets you to a saddle just north of the summit and just beyond, but it does NOT get you to the top. With prominence of over 1,500 feet, it is a worthy objective in a sea of less-impressive mountain ridges in this area. USGS Tincup Mountain

Bald Mountain as viewed from the northwest. Livingston Douglas Photo


Same as for Old Baldy Peak. This is the second leg of a 2-peak journey that begins at the trailhead for FST-453 near McCoy Creek Road. This adventure covers 13.0 miles with 2,925 feet of elevation gain round trip.

Northwest Ridge, Class 2

The Climb

From the 8,060-foot connecting saddle with Old Baldy Peak, hike along FST-453 as it follows an old 2-track jeep road that is, in many areas, overgrown with field grass. The old 2-track heads southeast up the ridge crest and skirts the west side of Point 8462. It then climbs south to Point 8488 and drops southeast to a saddle at the base of the summit hump. A decent jeep road (not shown on maps) comes up to this saddle from the right/west. Ignore it.

Continue on a footpath that leaves the saddle and heads left/southeast through a short patch of pine forest to reach open sagebrush terrain. Stay near the ridge crest until the footpath disappears then scramble up open scrub (some areas are almost bare) to reach the top of Bald Mountain. There is no summit cairn on top as there no loose talus with which to build one, but there is a piece of rebar protruding from the ground. The views from the top are magnificent and are well worth the effort to get here.

The summit of Bald Mountain, looking northward along the ridge crest of LONG Bald Mountain. Livingston Douglas Photo

The single piece of rebar protruding from the ground on the summit of Bald Mountain. Livingston Douglas Photo

Looking south from the summit of Bald Mountain on a smoke-hazy morning. The ridge crest just keeps going and going. Livingston Douglas Photo


Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Caribou Range

Longitude: -111.19809   Latitude: 43.09019

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