Bald Mountain

Bald Mountain

Bald Mountain is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.952m (12,965ft) above the sea level, located in Summit County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado.

The road to the summit, located in the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, is an old mine trail. It’s called Baldy Road (County Road 520). It’s gravel, rocky, tippy and bumpy at times. Great trail for experienced wheelers. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. Along the way there is a solar powered communications shack with multiple antennae and satellite dishes. The summit is also known as Baldy Mountain and Mount Baldy. 4WD vehicle with some clearance optimal required. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep. Wet conditions may make for tough driving along the muddy road. There are many excellent photo opportunities. Don't forget your camera with lots of film/memory, fully charged batteries and an empty memory card! The summit offers some of the best 360-degree views in the state. 
Located within the Arapaho National Forest, the road can be impassable anytime due to snowfalls. The zone is prone to heavy mist and can be dangerous in low visibility conditions. This road is usually closed from late October through late June or early July (depending on snow). Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. Expect cooler temperatures, strong sun, and wind in this completely exposed environment.
Pic: Brandon Williams

 

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