Salt Lake City, Utah
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
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).
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
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
There is a substantial sub-peak or ridge bump on the way up to Red
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
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.
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.