The hike starts at the Pass Lake Trailhead, which is located off Highway 150 32 miles north, and east of Kamas or 46 miles south of Evanston. There is a sign that marks the trailhead.
Yellow to Saddle + Blue = Northwest Ridge from Pass Lake.
This is an atrernate route to the crowded Bald Mountain Trail. You can also climb the more rugged Reids Peak from this route for a great two peak slam. From the Pass Lake Trailhead, head cross-country to the southwest until you reach the base of the pass between Bald Mountain and Reids Peak. Once at the base of the pass, scramble up to the pass via the easiest route. There is some loose rock on this route. If the slope is covered with snow, an ice axe will be needed for a safe ascent. After taking a well deserved rest at the pass, scramble up the spectacular ridge south to the summit. Any experienced scrambler should be able to handle it. Enjoy the views of the countless lakes, basins, and peaks from the summit.
Bald Mountain (left). Route goes up the right hand ridge.
A good pair of boots in needed. An ice axe may be needed before early July.
"In fact, I think you should add your body fat to the rating of the climb, to get a true measure of your inner climber. So climbing a 5.7 with 22% body fat is way harder than climbing a 5.14 with 3% body fat."