NW Ridge from Notch Mountain Trail

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Utah, United States, North America
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Time Required:
Most of a day
Class 3 scramble

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NW Ridge from Notch Mountain Trail
Created On: Dec 15, 2003
Last Edited On: Jan 10, 2013


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 Routehis 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.

NW Ridge from Notch Mountain Trail

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