Analysing terrain data
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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
Bald Mountain (13,684 ft) towers over Breckenridge, and the relatively easy hike up its northwest slopes grants some of the best views to be had of the area.
The hike is simple to access from town and the trail is easy to follow.
Begin from a dirt pull off on Baldy Road.
4WD can drive most of this road when it is open, but regular cars will want to stop about half a mile beyond the edge of the residential area.
Just drive as far as you think your vehicle is capable. This road is the route up Bald Mountain, all the way to the top.
It begins in the forest, but views get increasingly better as you leave the trees behind.
At 1.5 miles,you will pass the historic Iowa Mill and follow the main road that curves around it.
The dense forest immediately gives way to mountain meadows, and great views of Breckenridge unfold.
This is also when the road steepens and takes four broad switchbacks, continuing to climb as the trees continue to thin. You will pass a few transmission stations on the way up, but they detract little from the scenery.
At 3.5 miles the road gains Bald Mountain’s north ridgeline, made of windswept talus now well above all trees.
Walk just a bit higher from the road to stand on the spine and look down on both sides of the mountain.
The way narrows and steepens as it gets higher, turning into a footpath for about the last mile.
It remains straightforward, however, even in snowy conditions.
Simply follow the ridge to the top. The summit is reached in just over 5 miles.
If it’s not too cold and windy, take time to enjoy your well-earned 360-degree views.
Surrounding peaks include Mt.
Guyot (13,370 ft) just to the east and Boreas Mountain (13,082 ft) directly south.
The town of Breckenridge and the ski slopes are beautifully set against the Tenmile Range to the northwest.
Once you’ve taken it all in, return the way you came. Sources: https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7036669/bald-mountain https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/bald-mountain