Bald Mountain - Elevation 9,611 Feet
Our Hike To Bald Mountain Near Nathrop, Ruby Mountain & Sugarloaf Mountain In Chaffee County
Bald Mountain (9,611') does not receive much admiration, especially with it
near lofty peaks in the nearby Sawatch Range.
This mountain is located southeast of
Buena Vista and
Johnson Village and behind Sugarloaf Mountain in Nathrop. Sadly,
"Bald Mountain" is probably the most common and boring
name for a mountain. In fact, there is another
Bald Mountain across the valley near Chaffee County Road 306.
Directions: As always, I recommend National Geographic's Trails Illustrated
topographical map (#129 - Buena Vista & Collegiate Peaks), which covers the entire area.
Travel east on Chaffee County Road 300 to
the Ruby Mountain Campground. Pass the Ruby Mountain Trailhead and the road
switchbacks to the left. From this point, a
4-wheel drive high clearance vehicle
is recommended. Drive on C.R. 300 all the
way to C.R. 300B and make a left. You can park your car at this point and hike
up the road (which loops around the mountain) or continue up C.R. 300B
if you are feel daring and desire to be closer to the summit. We had a good hike!
Happy Trails, Steve
|Photos of Bald Mountain
December 13, 2008 - Bald Mountain has some prominence among
the mountains east of Nathrop.
Notice the area near the top is without trees, and I can only assume
it is named Bald Mountain because of this feature.
TOP: Sugarloaf Mountain (left) and
Bald Mountain (right) as seen from Nathrop.
SECOND: Another view about one mile north of Nathrop.
||Traveling up C.R. 300.
||The road became really rough on C.R. 300B.
|We parked at the fork of C.R. 300B, which loops around Bald Mountain.
These were the first two hike pictures I snapped. That second photo was
the grand view looking back as we climbed.
||Climbing the bald spot on the mountain's east slope.
||And there we were ... on the summit of Bald Mountain! :)
From the 300B fork, it was only about a 0.5 to 0.7 mile hike.
||Looking to the west. Of course, if it had been a clear day,
we would have had amazing views of the Sawatch Range.
I recommend visiting this peak on a clear and sunny morning.
||Pointing toward Mt. Princeton.
||The view of Johnson Village and Buena Vista.
||The easterly view from Bald Mountain.
thanks to Derek for bravely driving his
truck and taking me along.
Some of my pages in this particular area:
Chinaman Gulch 4X4
||The view to the southwest.
1 - Ruby Mountain
2 - The town of Nathrop.
3 - Sugarloaf Mountain
4 - The large southern Sawatch Range that include Mt.
Antero, Mt. White, Mt. Shavano and others.
|Coming back down the mountain, three extra photos of nearby mountains.
TOP: Ruby Mountain
MIDDLE: Sugarloaf Mountain
BOTTOM: Unnamed Peak (alt. 9,504 feet) SE of Bald Mountain
Bald Mountain can't compete with other trails and mountains in the area,
but the views are excellent. It's a hike worth considering.
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