Bald Mountain is a 10,313 foot peak in the Salmon River Mountains. As one of the largest mountains in the range, it is aptly named. There is very little vegetation on the mountain and the peak is covered mostly with smooth thin flat stones stones that were interesting to walk upon.
Access to Bald Mountain is from Bayhorse road that turns off highway 75. There is an old mine which has a jeep trail up to the far side of the mountain. Though the road can be climbed with a 4 wheel drive we chose to walk up the road that day. John, Lizzy, Archimedes and I followed the road up as far as it went and then continued on to the peak. The climb is only a class 2 and due to how open it is once you get to the top of the road ideal for a moonlight climb.
From the peak we decided to take our time and follow a trail we saw on the forest map (though its not on the USGS topo) down Juliette Creek. On our way down there was a nice pond that we dropped down to have lunch at. From there we had a great view across the Salmon River and up to Castle Peak.
The trail down Juliette Creek was good, but there were also other unmarked trails there from the local ranchers. After getting diverged onto a wrong trial we figured we were to far up the valley and cut across the upper meadows. From there we found a very well built fence with a trail along it to make it easy to raise and lower the fence. We followed that down to the ridge between Juliette Creek and Basin and made our way back down to the trail. Once we got down into the creek the trail was easy to find and we continued our way back to the truck. The whole trip was between 10 and 11 miles.
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