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Quick Facts

Baldy Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,264 Feet (2576.1 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 3,131 Feet (976.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,845 Feet (3380.6 Meters) at jct. with trail #1117
High Point: 11,120 Feet (3466.3 Meters) mile 6.2
Length, One-way: 7.1 Miles (11.83 Kilometers) to jct. with trail #1117
Other Maps: Routt National Forest Map
Trail Number: 1200
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Dunkley Pass, Devils Causeway

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The Baldy Mountain Trail is located in the Flat Tops west of Yampa, in the Dunckley Pass/Pyramid area. The trail begins 1/2 mile north of the National Forest boundary in a small meadow adjacent to Forest Highway 16, The Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway.

The trail crosses the Williams Fork River by a bridge and enters the Routt National Forest at mile 0.4. The trail heads southwest and eventually traverses the lower slopes of Baldy Mountain. It enters the Flat Tops Wilderness at mile 3.5. Several old sheep trails diverge along this route. Use caution and follow the existing signs. A topographic map may be helpful. The trail eventually passes to the south of Pyramid Peak and intersects the Black Mountain Creek Trail, #1117 just below Windy Gap. By turning north on #1117, the traveler may exit at Sheriff Reservoir or make a loop trip by heading south and west using the East Fork Trail #1119.


As humans, we must minimize our impacts to help preserve this resource for present and future generations.

Directions from Yampa: Follow County Road 17 north for 5 miles to County Road 132. Follow 132 west 3.4 miles to Forest Highway 16. Continue another 17.2 miles to the trailhead . This route is a segment of the Flat Tops Scenic Byway.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Normally accessible. Seasons may vary depending on snow depth and weather.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Preston (Superior, CO)
Time of Day: late morning
Length of Time: 3.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Absolutely beautiful country. We camped at the top of a ridge that was very windy, but provided some gorgeous views. Obtaining water from this camp site required a long hike. If I was going to hike again, I would likely camp closer to the streams, taking the trail past the windy ridge. There are a LOT of sheep trails in the area and at some points it feels easy to get off track, but there are a lot of landmarks and getting yourself lost would be difficult.
Conditions: Slightly muddy in spots, and a couple snow drifts at the top of the ridge.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Baldy Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Baldy Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Baldy Trail

Related Activities
Black Mountain Creek Trail - The Black Mountain Creek Trail is located in the Flat Tops west of Yampa. It leads from Sheriff Reservoir to the East Fork Trail #1119.

East Fork Trail - The East Fork Trail is located in the Flat Tops, west of Yampa. It leads from Stillwater Reservoir to Forest Highway 16 near Pyramid. This trail intersects several other trails along its route.

Vaughn Lake Campground - Vaughn Lake campground is located in the Dunckley Pass area northwest of Yampa along the Flat Tops Trail Scenic and Historic Byway.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Yampa Ranger District, 300 Roselawn Ave., P.O. Box 7 , Yampa, CO, 80483, Phone: 970-638-4516, Fax: 970-638-4635


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