Bald Mountain via Walt Bailey Trail


Day Hike - Bald Mountain via Walt Bailey Trail

A challenging hike to get some great views of meadows and lakes at a moderate pace.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft
  • Pace: Moderate pace of about 2 to 3 mph


Driving Directions:
Follow the Mountain Loop Highway east for 11 miles to the Verlot Public Service Center. Continue for 7 miles past the Service Center and turn right onto Forest Road 4030, just before crossing a large red bridge. Continue up this road for 1.4 miles. Arrive at a fork in the road, and take the righthand branch for FR 4032. Continue along this road for about 5.5 miles to the end of the road. Parking is limited here, with space for only about two or three cars.

Please consider your endurance and agility limits for such a terrain before registering.
1. Encourage Carpools.
2. Expect muddy, slippery and at times rugged & overgrown trail. Also bugs!
3. Having prior experience with exposure terrain is recommended for the hike to Bald Mountain; the trail goes pretty much to the top.


Bald Mountain via Walt Bailey Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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