Bald Mountain Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Breckenridge, CO and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing and is accessible from June until October.
cross country skiing
Starting in the parking lot on Baldy road, the trail is actually 9.4 miles as it is .6 miles to the trailhead. Adds to the total rise of ~2700 feet. Start early as you do not want to be caught by midday T-storms- which we did. Great steady cardio all the way up. The final ascent is not as gentle a rise. Views are spectacular!
We parked at the trailhead on Boreas Pass and hiked to the top. This was my first ascent of a peak and my first hike above 11,000 feet. The weather was perfect - sunny and 55 degrees when we departed and the climb was comfortable in zip-off hiking pants and a long sleeve midweight shirt. We packed a small lunch and water, and I carried a minimal camera kit (dslr body and two zoom lenses. I had little trouble on the ascent, aside from having the occasional shortness of breath due to being flatlands having only been in the area for 4 days. We only saw about a dozen people on foot, three mountain bikers and three 4x4 vehicles on the way up. We arrived at the peak in about 2:30, and sat for 30-45 minutes, eating lunch and taking in the views along with shooting many photos. We started the descent and about halfway down I started to struggle a bit. I realized at this point that I did not drink enough on the way up and was paying for it now. I'm a big guy at 6'1" and 220 lbs, but I am fit as I workout 5-6 days a week - weights, rowing and riding. I was getting slower and slower in the last 2 miles down and was happy to hit the bottom. I could barely walk. We took about 1:45 coming down and promptly ate, rehydrated and sat in the hot tub for about 30 minutes. As we sat in the tub, the thunderstorms rolled in.
The only thing I'd do different next time is take a light vest, drink more water and perhaps start a little earlier. It was a great day.
Mid July 2016. 2 hrs 20 minutes up, and 1 hr 40 down. I lolligaged on the way up for sure, and took tons of photos both ways. Started from the Baker's Tank trailhead a couple of miles up Boreas Pass, but didn't want to walk on the well-traveled 4wd road, so boondocked straight up to the north ridge peak. The wildflowers were amazing! Met some goats who were chilling on a massive amount of snow on the east side of the ridge. Lots of snow on that east side on much of the ridge line, well, for mid-July! I loved being able to see so much from the summit. Quandary is closest, several 14'ers in Park county, Mount of the Holy Cross in Eagle county, Pike's Peak in the Springs, Bierstadt and Evans in Clear Creek county, and Long's way up near Ft. Collins. This is almost a 14'er, but not a soul shared the summit with me! Shhh, don't tell anyone about this one... :)
Although I did not like this trail at first, it ended up being one of the best I'd ever done! We started up at 10am during a light but steady rain. Do not give up! Although the the first two miles are not very scenic, the views and FLOWERS past the two mile mark are totally worth it. The meadows at the the top of the mountain were absolutely gorgeous, like something out of a film. Would love to do again. Don't be deterred by the first two miles of this hike, push forward and know that it's worth it!
We really enjoyed this hike because it was scenic, not overly strenuous imho and yet eventually above treeline. And we had great weather w/ no rain and blazing CO sun! Hiked this in summer of '15
We ran and hiked our way up Baldy Rd and then hiked the ridgeline. Trail ran down, which was amazing.
Fun took the south rout that starts on the black powder trail on top of Boreas pass. The trail ends and then it's up to you to find your desired line. Lots of fun bouldering however we decide to cut down the south west side of the last knuckle and had to walk through about a mile of skree which was draining. Great views and very quiet!
Started at Boreas Pass and hiked to the summit. The trail basically disappears at the shoulder between bald mtn the other lower peak. Just hiked straight to the top from there, with many false peaks and some bouldering that had to be done. It is a great half day hike with beautiful views and wildflowers. Was still snow in mid July but nothing bad. I was in trail running shoes. You'll be mostly alone if you hike to the summit, which is nice compared to Quandry.
Came up from French Gulch, Weber Gulch Rd, through to True Romance, to Baldy Rd. Round trip around 11mi. There's a family of foxes on a mine hill right off the trail on the lower portion just before meeting up with Baldy Rd. Last time they chased us away this time we just took a quick peek and kept on going. It was really nice until Baldy Rd. when the parade of SUVs driving up to ~13k feet started. Sometimes there wasn't really enough room for us to move off the road. Even with their head start we were the only ones who really continued on past the first plateau area by the antennas. The talus was a bit rough for our dogs but it was an amazing trip. I was surprised by the volume and diversity of the flowers. Everywhere you looked there was a different variety. The summit was crazy windy and it was relief to get back down out of the wind.