Monday, October 23, 2017

Hiking to Mt. Baldy from the Snowbird Tram

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Hiking to Mt. Baldy from the Snowbird Tram
Mount Baldy (11,068ft) is the summit that divides Snowbird from Alta Ski Resorts, and is a short and easy summit, especially for newbie peak baggers. There's nothing technical about this hike, which also makes is great for kids looking to bag a few easy peaks. Advanced peak baggers often combine Mount Baldy with either a section or entire ridgeline of Little Cottonwood Canyon. But, if you are looking for something short you can take the Snowbird Tram up and hike 1 mile to this summit. Looking for something longer? Hike up from the base of Snowbird.

My friend and I took advantage of Snowbird's Customer Appreciation Days, where a donation of 3 cans of food gets you a free tram ride. In 2016, 7,618 lbs of food was donated, which equated to 6,348 meals distributed by the Utah Food Bank! You can help those in need and have a scenic adventure in the process by going on those days, typically the last two weekends in October. Otherwise, riding the tram will cost the normal fee (see pricing below).

Drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC) until you see the Snowbird signs, and park in the lot for the "Ariel Tram". Get your ticket, then ride up the tram.

Here's a driving map from SLC.

Distance: 2 miles RT
Elevation gain: 240 ft
Time: 1-2 hours
Dog friendly? No, dogs are not allowed in LCC
Kid friendly? Yes, ages 10+
Adults $24
Kids Ages 7-16 $20
Kids Under 6 FREE

Hiking to Mt. Baldy from the Snowbird Tram
 We got on the first tram of the day, and it was already crowded!
Hiking to Mt. Baldy from the Snowbird Tram
 The tram travels 1.6 miles from the base of Snowbird up to Hidden Peak, at a speed of roughly 22 mph, and gains 3,240 ft. The aerial tram was built in 1971 for $3 million.
Hiking to Mt. Baldy from the Snowbird Tram
Once you reach the summit of Hidden Peak and the lodge, hike North, following the service road as it curves around the base of the restaurant.
Hiking to Mt. Baldy from the Snowbird Tram
 Continue hiking along the service road. Notice how tall the lift sign is? That's because in winter the snow can easily be several feet deep here and skiers need to see the signs.
Hiking to Mt. Baldy from the Snowbird Tram
 We're headed there! At this point, simply follow the ridge as it aims NE.
Hiking to Mt. Baldy from the Snowbird Tram
 It looks far, but it should only take about 30-45 mintues to reach the summit.
Hiking to Mt. Baldy from the Snowbird Tram
 Skiing at Snowbird doesn't typically open until Thanksgiving or early December each year, and closes in May.
Hiking to Mt. Baldy from the Snowbird Tram
 Great photo opportunites along the ridge. That peak is Sugarloaf Peak, another fun summit in the summer. If you wanted a bigger day hike, you could hike over there from the tram as well. I did each hike sperately and different times of the year.
Hiking to Mt. Baldy from the Snowbird Tram
 Breaking trail! 
In winter you'll definitely want to have the 4 Must Have Items for Winter Hiking with you!
Hiking to Mt. Baldy from the Snowbird Tram
 Almost there...
Hiking to Mt. Baldy from the Snowbird Tram
 We reached the summit in 36 minutes, and that was with stopping for lots of photos and breaking trail. 
Hiking to Mt. Baldy from the Snowbird Tram
 Gal Pals!
Hiking to Mt. Baldy from the Snowbird Tram
 Selfie looking East. The wind up here was SO COLD!
Hiking to Mt. Baldy from the Snowbird Tram
 Lindsay with AF Twins behind her.
Hiking to Mt. Baldy from the Snowbird Tram
Head back the way you came.


Mt. Baldy trail map




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Hiking to Mt. Baldy from the Snowbird Tram

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