The nice thing about hiking the peaks in Little Cottonwood Canyon is that many of them are close enough together to easily bag two or even three peaks in one hike. Such is the case with Mt. Baldy. It sits in close proximity to both Sugarloaf Peak and Hidden Peak. I was going to do all three in one day but got sick and only did Sugarloaf Peak the first day. However, I was able to accomplish Mt. Baldy and Hidden Peak in one day, thus moving toward my 2016 goal much faster than expected.
The easiest route to Mt. Baldy is to follow the dirt road at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon Road to the very top and park at the Cecret Lake Trailhead. I never find parking there so I usually park 1/2 mile before at the lot across from the Catherine’s Park Trailhead. Follow the Cecret Lake Trailhead to the lake. At the lake, follow the trail to the right on the north shore of the lake and veer right to head up toward the dirt road. Follow the dirt road for just a bit to the trail right under the Sugarloaf chair lift. Hike to the top of the lift. At this point, turn right and head west toward Mt. Baldy. There is a rocky, steep climb at the first but ends up a fairly easy steady climb to the peak.
As with many peaks, there is a cell phone tower at the top and since it is a ski area, I wasn’t surprised to find a ski patrol sled. Umm..no I didn’t take it for a ride but I did enjoy the incredible views.
Once on top, I eyed my Hidden Peak, my next adventure. Just southwest of Mt. Baldy, Hidden Peak is less than a mile away and is an easy hike along the ridge line. It’s also easy to find as the Snowbird Tram ends on the peak. It’s hiking days like this that make my thirteen peak goal attainable and fun. For those who want to turn around after hiking Mt. Baldy, it is a four mile round trip of intermediate hiking. I try to add trail running whenever I can and had no trouble running most of the trail on the way back. Since the peak sits at 11,068 feet, I got amazing views on top. I’m already wishing I had made my goal a little more challenging. In fact, I’m going to add three peaks to my goal to make 16 for 2016.
|View of Hidden Peak from Mt. Baldy|