Red Baldy

Salt Lake City, Utah
Wasatch Mountains
Red Baldy Peak: 11,171'

We started this hike from the Snowbird Tram, which took us to the top of Hidden Peak, from there, we walked the knife edge up to both of the American Fork Twin Peaks, then to Red Top Peak and then down and up the knife edge to Red Baldy.
The difficulty really began on the way up Red Baldy, this is not an easy jaunt, and if close attention isn't paid, a very dangerous exposed fall to your death could happen.

The views were awesome from the summit, to the north was the entire Cottonwood Ridge, to the south, Mount Timpanogos and American Fork Canyon.

We were planning on hitting White Baldy, and then decend into Red Pine, but it was getting late, and White Baldy looked like a whole epic adventure in it's self, so we decided to continue west down the ridge into White Pine. From the Ridge to the trailhead was at least 5 miles, fortunately the trail doesn't require much concentration as it is an old mining road.

Luckily we had two cars, one parked at Snowbird, and one parked at the White Pine Trailhead (Fortunately, Red Pine and White Pine share the same trailhead).

Sunday, September 28, 2003

From the west sub-peak of Red Baldy looking east over the east sub-peak of Red Baldy.
Behind is the East Twin of American Fork. The light peak in the middle is unamed.
In the far distance are the Uinta Mountains. I took some zoomed up telephoto images of the Uintas.

From Red Top Peak looking southwest over the knife edge to Red Baldy,
behind is Box Elder Peak (Left) and White Baldy (Right).

The knife edge up to Red Baldy.
It doesn't get that hard until you pass the sub-peak on the left.

From the low point along the knife edge looking northwest.
These bolder wrinkles are caused by years of avalanches pounding them
It's alot like sand on a beach getting repeatedly struck by water.
...only thousands of times larger and and thousands of years longer.

We saw a family of goats on the unnamed ridge south of American Fork East Twin.

There is a substantial sub-peak or ridge bump on the way up to Red Baldy,
from there you can either traverse the across the southeast, or you can climb the ridge.
We chose the traverse. The traverse looks easy but it was actually pretty dangerous and strenuous.
We went up the chute (with snow) on the left.

Looking north up the ridge to Red Top Peak, American Fork Twin Peaks are behind.

The snow chute/rock slide up toward Red Baldy.

Red Top or Red Stack Peak, American Fork Twin Peaks, and Unnamed.

On the second or west sub-peak of Red Baldy looking northeast over Red Top Peak,
A.F. Twin Peaks and the first or east sub-peak of Red Baldy.

White Pine Lake and Cottonwood Ridge.

Looking west toward The Pfeifferhorn.

Time to go home.
The Pfeifferhorn is in the middle. The peak to the right is South Thunder Mountain.

Stansbury Island in the Great Salt Lake.

The Pfeifferhorn, South Thunder Mountain, and Lone Peak.

Looking down American Fork Canyon just after sunset.
Silver Lake Flat Reservoir is visible in the center, Silver Lake is visible on the right.
Behind sit Provo Peak, Cascade Peak, and Mount Timpanogos.

White Baldy, imagine starting up this at sunset.

I'll get you next time, White Baldy.

Antelope Island is visible in the Great Salt Lake.
Twin Peaks, unamed, Sunrise Peak, and Dromedary.

For pictures of a hike from Hidden Peak Tram to Red Top Peak done the same day:
American Fork Twin Peaks

For some pictures of the Uintas taken with a telephoto lens from this hike:
Uinta Mountains

Thanks to Gloria


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