Bald Mountain Hike
July 2012 - 66 photos
On the 20th of July, Cheryl, Marlene, Bill, Jack, Larry, and I did a hike high up in the Uinta Mountains. The highest we have gone in fact. We climbed to the top of Bald Mountain which is about 11,945 feet high. It was nice and cool up there, in fact probably not more than 70°, which is part of the reason we went to the High Uintas, to get away from the heat in the cities.
The day started out fairly clear, but as we climbed the mountain the clouds became thicker and darker. Fortunately, it didn't rain, and we had no thunderstorms, which the Uintas are well known for. It would have been nice to have had a clear sky for better photography, but we can only go on certain days, so take what we can get.
Bald Mountain seen from the east side.
This is one of our shorter hikes, being less than 2 miles to the top, but it's a fair climb of about 1,200 feet in that short distance. Much of it like climbing stairs. Even though this is a high mountain, we park our cars at 10,736 feet, so we didn't have a long way to go from there. It took about 2˝ hours to get to the top. There were a lot of people on the mountain that day, and some of the younger groups caught up and passed us going up, and then came down, while we were still going up. If you are young and in good shape, you could probably reach the top in about an hour. I don't know how many people we saw, but there were many groups, some as large as 30 people.
The view on the way up is fantastic, and from the top you can see for many miles. I would imagine that you can see more than 50 lakes and as many mountain peaks. It was fun looking down at these lakes, and talking about how we have hiked to most of the ones we could see. We spent about on hour on top, eating lunch and taking a lot of photos, then hiked back down. Only took about half as long coming down. Everyone said they had a great day, and enjoyed the hike. According to my GPS, we climbed 1,207 feet and walked 3.1 miles.
A view from the top, looking east. Pass Lake and Mirror lake most prominent.
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View from the top, looking west. Too many peaks and lakes to name them all.
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To get to Bald Mountain, take SR 150 from Kamas Utah, or Evanston Wyoming, going towards Mirror Lake. At the top of the divide, Bald Mountain Pass, there is a parking lot on the west side, at the top of the big "S" curve in the road. Bald Mountain is pretty hard to miss.
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We also hiked Bald Mountain in 2009
Bald Mountain 2009
More Uinta Hikes
I used a different camera on this hike, my new Canon EOS 60D, using a 17mm wide angle to 85mm telephoto lens. This is a semi-professional camera with 18 megapixels of resolution. I also used a Canon EF 70-300mm IS Telephoto for close ups. Some of these photos were taken by Bill Joy with his Olympus E620 SLR and additional lenses.
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