This trail climbs so gradually on the east side, you don’t realize you are climbing above 10,000 ft. It has many twists and turns as it passes between Middle Bald Mountain and South Bald Mountain. Parts of the route are punishing. If you are worn out by the time you reach Waypoint 05, continue straight as described here. If you’re ready for more, turn left at Waypoint 05 and head south on F.S.177, Green Ridge Trail, Trail #10. You’ll eventually reach Highway 14. Use reverse mileages.
Submitted by FunTreks
Our directions to the trailhead show County Road 69 changing to F.S. 162 after 3.1 miles. This is no longer the case. Now you simply stay on C.R. 69 all the way to the trailhead. It’s the same road, just marked differently. The MVUM has also been changed to show C.R. 69 going all the way to Red Feather Lakes. We ended up driving past the start because we were looking for a sign for F.S. 517. This number does is not posted until you are well down the trail. Instead look for a larger two-post sign that says “Bald Mountain.” Also, there is a large staging area at the start. The trail itself hasn’t changed much, but the mud holes have gotten worse.