Mileage: 7 RT to lakes, 9.4 to Bald Mountain
Elevation Gain/Highest: 1,100ft/4200ft (lakes), 4623ft to Bald Mountain above
Map: Green Trails Silverton No. 110 and Index No. 142
Favorite Eats After Hike: LJs Bistro & Bar
11/8/2015 This was my second time on this trail, last fall we bailed before making it all the way up to Bald Mountain. There is a tree over the road about 1.3 miles before the TH, so you have to hoof it in from there. Just like last time, most of the trail is a river of water rolling over rocks and roots. The snow started when I got to the upper lake, but I was determined to make it up so I put on rain gear and continued. There was about 3-4 inches of snow at the top of the ridge, and I turned around there. As always, the maze of boot paths through the tarns on the way back will keep you on your toes.
Directions: Follow the Mountain Loop Highway east for 7 miles past the Verlot Service Center and turn right onto Forest Road 4030, just before crossing the large red bridge. Continue up this road for 1.4 miles. Arrive at a fork in the road, and turn right for FR 4032. Continue along this road for about 5.5 miles to the end of the road. Parking is limited here, with space for only about two or three cars.