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.