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NW Ridge from Notch Mountain Trail

NW Ridge from Notch Mountain Trail

NW Ridge from Notch Mountain Trail

Page Type: Route

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.69900°N / 110.902°W

Object Title: NW Ridge from Notch Mountain Trail

Route Type: Scramble

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: Class 3 scramble

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Created/Edited: Dec 15, 2003 / Jan 10, 2013

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To reach the Bald Mountain Trailhead, either drive east and north of Kamas along Highway 150 for 29 miles from Kamas; or south on Highway 150 49 miles south of Evanston. There is a sign that marks the trailhead.

Black = Bald Mountain Trail...
Red to Saddle+Blue = Northwest Ridge from the Notch Mountain Trail.

Route Description

This is a less crowded alternative to the Bald Mountain Trail. From the trailhead, take the trail to the west which is posted for Notch Lake (the other trail leads to the summit of Bald Mountain via the south face). Follow the trail for about a mile from the trailhead until the trail curves around Bald Mountain. The objective is to reach the pass between Bald Mountain and Reids Peak. Head cross-country to the pass from anywhere between here (the curve in the trail) and Notch Lake. A map and compass will come in handy. There is not an easy way to describe this route to the pass; just head in the direction of the pass via any convenient route. Once the base of the pass is reached, scramble up the very steep slope that is covered with stunted trees to the pass. After taking a well deserved rest here, scramble up the spectacular ridge southeast then south to the summit. There are some small cliffs to skirt or climb over, but any experienced scrambler should be able to handle it. There is a summit register to record your thoughts in. Enjoy the views of the countless lakes, and meadows, the Wasatch Range, most of the peaks in the Western Uintas, and the High Uintas Wilderness Area.

NW Ridge Route
his is the NW Ridge Route from the Notch Mtn Trail.

Essential Gear

A good pair of boots is needed. An ice axe may be needed before early July.


Reids Peak (left), Bald...Scrambling up the NW RidgeNW Ridge Route