Charlie accompanied me and we had a great day! We hiked a total of 8 miles and close to 2,500 ft elevation gain!
From Kamas, Utah drive up the Mirror Lake Highway for 29 miles, and turn left into the Bald Mountain TH/Picnic area.
Here’s a driving map.
Distance: 2.5 miles RT
Elevation gain: 500 ft
Time: 1-2 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes, if they’re comfortable with small boulders
Fees/Permits? The Mirror Lake Highway charges a $6 fee for a 3 day pass. It’s free if you have an annual Mirror Lake Hwy or American Fork Canyon pass, or free if you have an annual National Park Pass. No permit is required.
As mentioned, I decided to start from the Bald Mtn TH, then walk over to the summit from there.
I walked along the road until I reached the Duchesne County sign, and started to hike right behind it. The Duchesne County high point is Kings Peak, so I had already done that one back in 2014.
You’ll hike through a forested section, but it’s really easy to cut through to reach the ridge.
From here, simply hike up in a straight line towards the ridge. The rocks are all small, so they’re easier to step over.
I was surprised to see several large cairns leading the way up.
On the summit! Great views all around.
After Murdock Mountain, we aimed south in search of the West Slope/County high point.
Wow, what a view! The CoHP was tucked into some trees so it wasn’t completely visible from here.
Charlie takes a break in the snow.
After wandering around, keeping an eye on my GPS, we found it! Not the coolest looking “summit” but we marked it off our list!
Another thing I was surprised about this hike – there was SO. MUCH. TRASH! I picked up four items of trash on Murdock Mountain, then as I was walking back to the car I passed a campfire ring (close to the road of course) and there was literally a whole 12 pack of beer cans in the pit. WTF? Either way, I packed it all out!
Hiking to Reids Peak, High Uintas
Bag this peak, save me on Pinterest!