Montana Outdoors

June 27, 2007

Mount Baldy: the top

What a difference a day can make. On Monday the high temperature in the valley was 64º and there was new snow on Mount Baldy. On Tuesday the valley high was 78º and the snow was gone. All but at the top.

This is the first of several posts I will make about a hike to the top of Baldy and I decided to start at the top.

There are still a few snow banks remaining at the high elevations, mostly on the north slopes where the snow drifted deep during the winter and where they are normally shaded from the sun. Some are still as deep as 7 feet.

These photos were taken Tuesday from the top of Mount Baldy (7,464 ft).

Looking Southeast. The small lake is Baldy Lake. I will post another photo of it later. It’s probably still a little cool for swimming.


The next three are looking over different snow banks to the North. The high peak just above the snow banks is Thompson Peak in the McGregor – Thompson roadless area. It is the same height as Baldy and is 9 miles away.




Mount Baldy is in the West end of the 6,482 acre Baldy Mountain roadless area in the Cabinet Mountains of Western Montana, Lolo National Forest. It would receive Wilderness designation and protection under the Wilderness Act, HR 1975 if it is passed by Congress.


  1. boy those rocks look like rugged hiking – kudos to you! (Don’t ya just love those ankle breakers?) This spot right here – this looks like just about the most serene place on the planet earth. :o)


    Comment by aullori — June 29, 2007 @ 9:00 am

  2. Yes, the rocks are tough hiking and they seem to go on forever, but it’s worth the effort when you get to the top. Coming back down, I was ready to kiss the dirt trail when it finally re-appeared. There’s probably no more than a mile of the rock trail though. Hard to tell because of all the switch-backs.


    Comment by montucky — June 29, 2007 @ 9:19 am

  3. I just moved to hot springs and want to hike baldy, but no locals I talk to know how to get there! Not too many hikers here…any help?


    Comment by cindy — September 28, 2007 @ 2:42 pm

  4. cindy,

    I’ll be glad to help. I just sent you an email: if for some reason you don’t get it, try another comment here and I’ll pick it up.


    Comment by montucky — September 28, 2007 @ 3:52 pm

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