Hiking Trails in Colorado Bald Mountain Loop

Hiking Trails in Colorado | Bald Mountain Loop

Trail Information

AllTrails App Map - Bald Mountain Loop, Colorado

Trail Name: Bald Mountain Loop

Location: Near Woodland Park, Colorado

Date: December 1, 2019

Time at the Trail Head: 3:00 pm

Trail Length: 4.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,446 feet

Elev. at Trail Head: 8,215 feet

# of Hikers Passed: 1

# of Mnt. Bikers Passed: 0

# of Horses Passed: 0

Mosquitoes: 0

Trail Research

I decided to look for a trail west of Colorado Springs, near Divide, Colorado. There is some incredible scenery in that area and I have wanted to head out there for some time. The hike I wanted to take was in the Pike National Forest and was the Badger Mountain Trail.

The problem is that we have had several snow storms recently and I couldn’t find a trail that I was confident my current vehicle could handle so I finally decided on the Bald Mountain Loop near Woodland Park, Colorado.

AllTrails map - Bald Mountain Loop

The trail looked easily accessible and not far from Colorado Springs and as it was the weekend after Thanksgiving, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to have a long time to drive and hike a long trail.

Drive to the Trail

The drive down I-25 from Denver to Colorado Springs is always beautiful but it is a little less spectacular at the moment as approximately 15 miles of it is under construction.

We exited I-25 and drove around the west side of Colorado springs to US-24. It was a short drive to the trail head at that point, in the shadow of Pikes Peak.

Hiking Trails in Colorado Pikes Peak

The sun started to shine a little brighter as we reached the trailhead, even though it was starting to head down in the west. We had a late start for this hike and I’ll let you know in advance that we were not able to make the entire loop as the sun set on us and the temperatures started to plummet.

Hiking Trails in Colorado Bald Mountain Loop

My Day on the Trail

The trailhead was pretty much non-existent and we had to park near the driveway of someone’s home, which also served to house the local dumpsters.

Hiking Trails in Colorado Bald Mountain Loop

I wasn’t that impressed at this point but you know when it’s late in the day and you have already chosen your trail, there’s not much of a choice but pull on your big boy pants and head up the trailHiking Trails in Colorado Bald Mountain Loop

We could see right away that this trail doesn’t get used much. There was only one other vehicle at the trailhead, there were only a few footprints in the snow and it was the first day of December, and I think the smart folks were staying at home reading a book in front of the fire.

Hiking Trails in Colorado Bald Mountain Loop

The trail was mostly gravel and about one third of it was covered in several inches of snow. It wasn’t hard to hike as I had my Leki trekking poles, which makes hiking in snow significantly easier.

Leki Trekking Poles at Amazon

Neither my son nor I put on our ICETrekkers as we believed we would not need them on this hike but we still always carry them on our packs.

We turned a corner and headed up a long and steep incline that caused us to stop several times along the way.Hiking Trails in Colorado Bald Mountain Trail

It was on this steep section that we met a new friend who was on his way down. His name is Andy and he had a really cool 4 legged friend with him named Rocky. We probably talked for 20 minutes and realized we had a lot in common. I actually don’t think I have met a mean person on any trails in Colorado. Everyone is very nice and always willing to lend a hand or tell about a favorite trail of theirs.

We reached to top of this steep section and had a few decent views.

Hiking Trails in Colorado Bald Mountain Loop

The sun was nearly ready to set but I was sure we were missing out on some better views a little higher up the mountain. My son about pushed me over the cliff when I told him we needed to go higher, but higher we went.

Hiking Trails in Colorado Bald Mountain LoopHiking Trails in Colorado Bald Mountain Loop

Here is a panoramic picture of the area from Pikes Peak to possibly Mount Evans in the north.

Hiking Trails in Colorado Bald Mountain Loop

The sun finally set and the temperatures started dropping and we had not yet headed back down the trail. We did get a few more pictures though before we finished our hike on the Bald Mountain Loop, near Woodland Park.

Hiking Trails in Colorado Bald Mountain Loop

The town right below us in this picture is Crystola, Colorado.

Hiking Trails in Colorado Pikes Peak

Here’s another look at Pikes Peak on the way down the trail.

Hiking Trails in Colorado Rick & Caleb

Of course, I want you to all enjoy our selfie as we started to freeze and wished for the warmth of the truck.

Hiking Trails in Colorado Caleb & Ranger

Trail Recommendations

This wasn’t the best trail we have ever taken but my son Caleb, our dog Ranger and I really enjoyed getting out and seeing a new trail, plus we met Andy, our new hiking friend.

This trail is easily accessible, especially for those of you in the Colorado Springs area. It doesn’t look like many people use this trail, which is nice to find in Colorado.

There were no creeks or lakes on this hike but there were some pictures mountains to the south and west that always makes a hike enjoyable.

You can see more of the trail on my YouTube channel below.

I would love to hear about a trail that you really enjoy so please leave a Comment below or send me an Email.

 

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  • Sling remains elastic even in subzero temperatures to keep grips secure
  • Self-clearing design prevents snow and ice buildup

Bald Mountain Loop

6.4

Scenic Drive

8.0/10

Accessibility

9.0/10

Mountain Views

8.0/10

Lake or Stream Views

0.0/10

Well Maintained Trails

7.0/10

Pros

  • Easy Access
  • Mountain Views
  • Pikes Peak Nearby

Cons

  • No Creeks or Lakes
  • Steep Hike in a Few Places
  • Trailhead Parking is Small

6 thoughts on “Hiking Trails in Colorado | Bald Mountain Loop”

  1. The bald mountain loop is just some few kilometres from my cousin’s place and I have hiked there before. It was really great though it was sometimes around last year. This is really great to see you exploring there and also seeing all your snapshots. They are really good and worthy to see. Thanks so much for sharing all of these here.. I really appreciate you taking me back the last year memory lane for me.

    1. That’s great to hear you have hiked this trail. My son and I were short on time so we took the trail counter clockwise, which meant we went straight up the mountain, or so it seemed. There were some great views up there. One of the next trails I want to take is a little farther west at Badger Mountain.

      I would love to hear of some other great trails you have tried in the area.

      Rick

  2. I found your site searching for new trails, unfortunately that one is to far way for me. 
    Love the touch you added by starting this off by mentioning how many people you came across, it intrigued me to read the rest. 
    I tend to enjoy the trails less traveled more. 
    I have some good trails I run on that’s right next to my house so they are super convenient. 
    It’s attached to a campground so it can get busy initially on the trails but once I get deeper into the woods I don’t run into that many people. 
    Not to far from my house there is a regional park that I jump into my car and go to at times as well. 
    It’s pretty nice with a good sized lake in it that I fish often.
    It can get crowded on the trails so I don’t frequent it as often as I like more vacant trails. 

    Sugarloaf mountain is pretty close to me as well. 
    I used to run it more often but tend to hike it now with my kid and make more of a day out of it. 

    1. Thank you for the compliment.

      Is Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland, near Frederick? There are several Sugarloaf Mountains is why I ask.

      What is the best time of the year to hike in Maryland?

      Thanks for stopping by and letting me know about this area.

      Rick

  3. Hello Rick, I’ve always been curious about going hiking in Colorado. Bald Mountain Loop has some fantastic views, and I’d like to give the hike a try at some point. I would preferably go hiking at locations that have a lake, but for the snow season, I think Bald Mountain Loop would be ideal. Plus, it’s cool that you got to find your new hiking friend Andy who also proves that Colorado has friendly people on hikes that you could run into. I’ll give this hike a try sometime in the Fall or winter season. Lastly, I think the pros and cons generator at the bottom of this post is handy to help weigh your options of whether you should go on the hike or not. Thank you for sharing this informative post, Rick!

    1. Hi Josh. There are some great trails that I give a slightly worse review score to because they don’t have a lake or stream. The mountain views are spectacular but I want to be consistent when reviewing trails and one important thing to me is the water scenery.

      Some of the best mountain scenery I have seen so far has been in the areas around Conifer, and Evergreen Colorado and up to Mount Evans. Also, the Rocky Mountain National Park is spectacular.

      I will be going to Steamboat Springs, Colorado in the next few weeks, if the weather cooperates.

      Thank you for stopping by and let me know of any trails you come across that are worth visiting.

      Rick

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