Bald Mountain

HARD 2 reviews
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Bald Mountain is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,729 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

forest

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wildlife

Aug 18, 2018. Bald Mountain summit trail is an out-and-back trail located a few miles north of Mt. Nebo. The trail head is located off a camping spot/parking area adjacent to the Mona Pole Canyon road (Forest Service Road 160), about 2 miles from the paved Nebo Loop Road. Mona Pole road is easily accessed by 4x4 vehicles and 2-wheel drive can navigate it if not wet, but use caution. There's some steep, narrow, and rocky sections that some low profile two-wheel vehicles won't be able to access. The trail is short (about 3.5 miles round trip), but I would classify it as difficult/hard due to the steep elevations and descending through some areas of loose rocks/gravel. I took my time for resting and taking photos and reached the top in about 75 minutes. Decent was half that time or faster. At the way-point called "first saddle" you'll leave the dirt trail and turn up the ridge line for the rest of the hike. There's not much of a trail and you have to make your way over some steep sections, but the top is in view most of the way. Stick to the ridge line and you'll get there. This trail is about 90% exposed to the sun. There's some shade in the first 1/2 mile, but the rest totally exposed. The summit (10,913 ft according to Forest Service map) was also mildly windy and cool, even though it was hot and sunny in the valley. Beautiful, 360 degree views from the summit. Will definitely hike this route again. Only reason it's not 5 stars is due to lack of definite trail on upper section, but it was not hard to know where to go. The AllTrails recording on my hike didn't start for some reason until 1/4 mile along the trail, so for the starting point please reference the "Trail head begins" way-point on the map, not the green dot indicating the start. This also led to the 'distance' indicator only being 1.6 miles when its probably more like 1.8 miles to the summit (approx 3.5 miles round trip).

hiking
3 months ago

See trail description I wrote above and route map. Great 360 degree views from summit. Steep and loose shale/gravel in parts but not too long of a hike for such a great summit view.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful, 360 degree views from the summit. Will definitely hike this route again. Only reason it's not 5 stars is due to lack of definite trail on upper section, but it was not hard to know where to go.