Baldy Peak Summit is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bozeman, Montana that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Baldy Mountain is a very popular hiking destination in the Bridger Range north of Bozeman, Montana. A hike to the top takes you through some beautiful forested areas to an exposed ridge above the treeline that provides wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding area. Reaching the summit of Baldy Mountain is a one-way hike of almost 4.5 miles with about 4000 feet of elevation gain. Allow at least five or six hours to complete the trip up and down; it can be done faster, but most people will take significantly longer than that.
The directions are wrong. You have to park at the m and then keep going up. These directions take you to a private road out in Bridger canyon (maybe it used to be the trailhead but not anymore)
Challenging hike but worth every step when you hit the summit. Tons of overlooks along the way. Fun terrain but definitely bring some yak's if you're spring hiking. I went in running shoes and skied my butt down the first half once I headed back down lol.
Summited this one but not by the "M" trail, came up from middle cotton wood trail then cut off trail and went up a gully. Really Tuff adventure. Scree in the Bridgers sux
Beautiful views of the valley and lots of wild flowers. Make sure you bring lots of water and some fly repellant wouldn't hurt.