Baldy Lake #491


The Baldy Lake Trail #491 begins at Long Branch Road, FSR #780, and ends at the Summit Trail #486 at the Gunnison District boundary.  This trail follows the ridge between the West Fork and Hicks Creek, crosses the headwaters of the West Fork and then ascends to Baldy Lake. Fishing varies from day to day at Baldy Lake. A loop is possible by combining this trail, the Summit Trail # 486, and the Long Branch Trail #489.   Trail Map

At a Glance

Open Season: June - October
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to Hiking, Horseback, Mountain Bike, and Motorcycle.
Closest Towns: Sargents, CO

General Information


Baldy Lake Trailhead:

From Gunnison, travel east on Highway 50 for approximately 32.5 miles to Long Branch Road, FSR #780.  Follow the Long Branch Road for approximately 2 miles, bear right at the next fork for about another mile to the Trailhead.


Baldy Lake Trailhead:  T. 47N., R. 4E., Section 4.  U.S.G.S. Map: West Baldy.  Elevation: 8,800 feet.



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  Area/Length : 
5.0 miles

  Elevation : 
8,800 feet - 11,525 feet


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