Salt Lake City: Big Baldy

This 7.6-miler loops under Mt. Timpanogos through a rugged canyon and high meadows to a smaller (just as gorgeous) summit in the Wasatch Range.
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This 7.6-miler loops under Mt. Timpanogos through a rugged canyon and high meadows to a smaller (just as gorgeous) summit in the Wasatch Range.

Mapped by Spencer Green

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.2

Waypoints

MBT001

Location: 40.3418006896973, -111.676399230957

From wood fence on E end of lot, go L @ Y along the edge of Dry Canyon. In 150 yds., keep R @ fork

MBT002

Location: 40.3462181091309, -111.673202514648

Bear R @ fork, staying along canyon's edge. In 500 ft., pass overlook with views of shady canyon bottom and Utah Valley

MBT003

Location: 40.3469314575195, -111.671203613281

Continue straight @ 3-way, heading NE along rough limestone walls

MBT004

Location: 40.348388671875, -111.668296813965

Bear L @ Y and ascend to the NW

MBT005

Location: 40.3499488830566, -111.667633056641

Keep straight @ 3-way

MBT006

Location: 40.3501815795898, -111.665100097656

Trail sign says to bear L @ Y, but take R fork instead for a more scenic, less steep route up Dry Canyon

MBT007

Location: 40.357551574707, -111.658554077148

Continue NE up canyon; pass Little Baldy on R

MBT008

Location: 40.3644104003906, -111.655296325684

Head N through high meadow with stunning views of Mt. Timpanogos; sun-dappled aspen groves replace oak and maple

MBT009

Location: 40.3678703308106, -111.655296325684

Keep L @ Y to ascend saddle; the Great Western Trail forks off to R

MBT010

Location: 40.3715896606445, -111.656303405762

From saddle, go L @ T; traverse Big Baldy's windy ridge. Up ahead, continue SW along ridgetop; trail gets faint in places

MBT011

Location: 40.3662338256836, -111.665702819824

Big Baldy (8,756 ft.): Scope out impressive W face of Mt. Timpanogos to the NE, then descend SW on overgrown trail

MBT012

Location: 40.362979888916, -111.667198181152

From unnamed summit, views of Utah Lake (one of the West's largest natural freshwater lakes) sprawl out to SW; retrace steps