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Baldy Peak Summit [CLOSED] is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bozeman, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

Length 9.6 mi Elevation gain 4,330 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Camping Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Rock climbing Snowshoeing Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky Scramble Snow Closed
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Note: This trails is currently closed due to the Bridger Foothills Fire. For more information, please see https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7144/54951/ 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.

Parking lot is at the base of the College M trail.

From Main Street in Bozeman, MT, turn north on North Rouse Avenue (later becomes Highway 86) and drive for just over 4 miles and look for the "M" trail head on the left. There is a large parking area, which often overflows onto the highway due to the fact that this is a heavily used area.

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Rachael Parrott
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HikingGreat!

Hard! My 13 year old son and I did this today. 2:45 up and 2:20 down. Super windy at the top. For us, this is a one and done hike. Glad we did it but tonight with exhausted legs we are saying “never again”

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Otto Daajeh
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Hiking

This hike one of the hardest hike I have ever done. But absolutely worth it, I saw a little a baby bear.

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Clayton Sanchez
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Dustin Davis
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Hiking

Well established trail. Windy up high. Plenty steep but very enjoyable.

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Katie Quade
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HikingRockyScramble

This hike was very difficult. We clocked it at 10.20 miles on the Apple Watch. My husband and I are very in-shape but live in the Midwest so aren't necessarily used to the elevation. We were looking for a challenging hike and this definitely fit the bill. The views were pretty from the top, but the hike itself wasn't stunning along the way. There are no water sources. I brought 3.5L of water with me and went through almost all of it. Definitely bring some snacks. The ascent to the summit of Baldy has lots of shale and is very steep. There are a few false summits. Going down was difficult and slippery, I would definitely recommend bringing hiking poles. There were a few trail runners along the way who seemed to be running with ease, but I'm guessing they had been training for just that. Did not spot any wildlife.

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Emily Sorrentino
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Hiking

Very steep. Lots of beautiful wildflowers. Overall a great trail but definitely exhausting.

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Tom Giebink
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HikingGreat!
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Gretchen Meister
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Thomas Wright
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Hiking

Very steep 75% of the way like doing the M hike/step side only 8x Beautiful views Close to the city Windy for 50% of the time on top Gravel like sections near the top Great challenge

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Casey LeBrun
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Really nice trail that takes you up to the alpine. Much different than the M hike where the trail starts. First 2 miles is a straight uphill trudge that left me pretty winded. Young brown bear was hanging out at treeline, he was mellow and minding his own business. Trekking poles and 2 or more liters of water was a must for me on a hot afternoon.

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Josh Tronier
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Hard and steep trail for the first 2 miles and the last mile to the peak.

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Sam Ditmyer
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Didn’t get to baldy but well passed the M, great trail as always

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Craig McCloskey
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Went to 3rd peak and that was enough for me. I took easier and longer way down to save the legs and would recommend that approach. Scenery along the way, especially on the way up, was spectacular with tons of wild flowers and overlooks. Great hike but really challenging.

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Katie Greiner
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful and rewarding hike! Be ready for a climb. Bring lots of water.

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Brooke Passmore
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Ximena Restrepo
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Rocky

Very steep trail. I highly suggest hiking poles, especially on the way down... great workout and beautiful views! I took the "hard steep" way to the M, and the easy way on my way back.

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JP DeVincenzo
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Great trail, well marked and easy to follow! Took the “hard route” up the M to the split and then up past the geocache to the true summit. I had just over 4 miles to the geocache and marker. Ran the trail back down to the M and took the easier 1.5 mile loop to the parking lot. Total distance was 9 miles on the dot. Total time 2:45 power hiking and running. Minimal snow and easy to go around it. Slightly damp but nothing trail running shoes can’t handle.

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Torrey Lind
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Very steep heading up. The true summit is past the geocache, so you have to continue along the ridge line. Parts of the trail after the cache is covered in snow or hard to follow, but overall it’s not too shabby. Highly suggest bringing hiking poles for the way down since it’s pretty hard on the knees. Lots of wildflowers and meadows about a mile and a half after the M. The top is very windy— and there is about a 10-20 degree temperature difference from the bottom.

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Cali Shipman
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Use the M trailhead to start this hike. Lots of fun, very steep in the beginning then you get a little break in the middle as it flattens out a bit. The end gets very steep again when you make it to the top! Make sure you bring shoes with lots of tread or you will be slipping during your descend. Water is also essential. Pretty windy at the summit so we didnt stay there long. Took us 4.5 hours round trip.

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Jacob Schaumloeffel
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Hiking

Fantastic hike going up past the M, through a beautiful meadow/ridge, and a fun class 3 scramble for the last 50 feet. My tracker said around 12.2 miles, but that is probably a generous estimate. I will say that I summited the true Baldy Mountain, which is about 1.5 miles from the false summit where the cairn and the geo cash are located. It took me 3.25 hrs to the true summit, and 2.5 hrs down. Both ways I took the short way up to the M. Overall I was going pretty fast, running down the mountain. You can avoid all snow patches if you stay high along the rim.

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Jon Taylor
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Super fun hike! The trail is in great shape, not a lot of snow. i noticed it splits a lot especially on really steep sections or when you get near large rock formations but it seems to all join back up and the main trail is easy enough to spot. Views are amazing all the way. It was windy at the top so after about 15 minutes I was ready to get going. All in all i had a blast and will definitely be going back.

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Alixa Davis
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Awesome hike, definitely bring water for you and if you bring dogs.

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Rachel Hudson
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Killer views the whole way but from the top it was incredible. That being said, it is an intensely steep hike so make sure you have adequate footwear with decent tread so you don’t slip in areas. we intended on just doing the M and ended up summiting..All in all, 6-7 hours from the trailhead depending on breaks. Bring plenty of water, food and sunscreen.. this trail is TOUGH.. but worth it.

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