Bald Mountain - NNE of Mt. Princeton and Near Colorado Trail
(Photos - May 10, 2008)
This morning adventure for myself was to stand on the summit of Bald Mountain.
I included this adjacent photo to show you its location, which can be see as
one travels west on Chaffee County Road 306 ("Cottonwood Pass Road")
approximately four miles west of the
Buena Vista traffic light.
To get there, travel from Buena Vista on Chaffee County Road 306 and turn left
(north) at the Chaffee County Road 342 turnoff. The road splits almost immediately
with Chaffee County Road 345 spurring to the right. Go right!
That road will take you all the way to the summit of Bald Mountain
and be advised that the road becomes quite rough in some spots.
A 4-wheel drive vehicle is definitely a good idea.
NOTE: There is another "Bald Mountain" in the general area of Buena Vista.
This other Bald Mountain is located on the east side of the Arkansas River Valley,
SE of Johnson Village and NE of Nathrop
and the Ruby Mountain campground area.
It is too bad these beautiful smaller peaks do not have better names besides the generic "Bald Mountain." :p)
Enjoy the photos below. Happy trails!
All the best,
|At the Top of Bald Mountain
Altitude 9,825 Feet
A cellular tower is up there and what do you know, my cell reception was
perfect up there with four solid bars! :)
On a side note, Verizon has excellent cell phone coverage throughout the Arkansas River Valley for
Buena Vista, Nathrop and Salida.
Many other cell providers have no coverage in our area.
||The conditions today were extremely windy
with snow flurries intermittently coming down all morning.
It took me one hour and 15 minutes to reach the top.
The best photo among all the grayish clouds and snowfall was probably this view
to the west of Sheep Mountain. The two distinct indentations (i.e. valleys) comprise of South Cottonwood Canyon
(left - leads to Cottonwood Lake
and Mineral Basin) and
Cottonwood Canyon (Cottonwood Pass).
||I sat and relaxed for awhile, and amazingly,
the best photo I captured of Mt. Princeton was taken with my cell phone. Not bad!
Oh ... please don't make fun of my shoes. That is a sign of a lot
of wear and tear from hiking in these mountains.
Plus, I'm uh ... a little
low on cash and trying to catch up financially after
bicycling across America this year. ;)
||A photo of my topographical map detailing this
area of Bald Mountain. Notice the Colorado Trail
is fairly close to the highest switchback.
||As I began to walk down, the snowy conditions on
Mt. Yale subsided and I captured this shot.
Turner Peak is the
pointed peak to the left and Mt. Yale's stands tall to the right.