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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Cebolla Ranger District

Quick Facts

West Fork-Baldy Loop #490-491

Beginning Elevation: 8,800 Feet (2682 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Length: 5.0 Miles (8.0 Kilometers) to Baldy Lake via West Fork Trail
Length: 10 Miles (16.67 Kilometers) to Baldy Lake via Longranch Trail
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 490 - 491
Usage: Light to Moderate
USGS Maps: West Baldy




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General Description

The Baldy Lake Trail follows the ridge between the West Fork and Hicks Creek, crosses the headwaters of the West Fork and then ascends to Baldy Lake. Fishing varies from day to day at Baldy Lake. A loop is possible by climbing a short section of trail to the top of the Continental Divide above the lake. Turn left (east) and follow the Summit Trail #486 to its junction with the Longbranch Trail #489. Follow the Longbranch Trail down to the point of beginning.

Directions from Gunnison: Take Hwy 50 to Longbranch road (#780) which is about 1/2 miles west of Sargents. On Rd 780 go to the Longbranch Ranger Station (not manned), bear left at the corral, and bear right at the next fork. A sign at the next road fork marks the beginning of the trail. Take the West Fork of Longbranch Creek.



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Eddie Quinn (Centennial, CO)
Time of Day: 1:00 pm
Length of Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Beautiful Scenery and a nice mellow hike. The open park near the trail head along with the Vietnam memorial was inspiring.
Conditions: Elevation gains were mild.
Water Availability: a 7 mile streach without water, so prepare for this. Razor creek was just a trickle so plan on rehydrating at Baldy Lake.
Suggested Accessories: Up until seeing the fishing reports, I would have swore that there wasn't any fish in Baldy Lake. Not a bite and I didn't even see one fish jump...with bugs all over the lake. Tried flies, lures, spinners and even live bate. I hope you have better luck!



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking West Fork-Baldy Loop #490-491
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding



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Lake City Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 430 , Lake City, CO, 81235, Phone: 970-944-2527

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