Highwood Baldy Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 3,191' 973 m
Descent: -3,191' -972 m
High: 7,638' 2,328 m
Low: 4,447' 1,356 m
GradeAvg Grade: 20% (11°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)
“Run up Highwood Baldy for unobstructed views from the tallest peak in the Highwood Mountains.”— Chris Boise
The ridgeline to the top is exposed to the southwest. If winds are strong out of the southwest, you may want to pick another day.
After about two miles, the trees will begin thin out, and you'll see the daunting incline that awaits. Deer Creek Trail #453 continues south from the crest. Instead of following Deer Creek Trail #453 (which admittedly is tough to follow past here), pick a point on the ridge in front of you and go to it. It is a pretty tough ascent, but there are some old cow trails that cross on the hillside which might make it a little bit easier. Either way, stay on the ridge to the summit.
You'll not be let down with the views at the top. There is some radio equipment at the top as well. If you in the mood for some camping, Thain Creek Campground is nearby with many other running options available. Otherwise, after a break and taking in the view, head back the way you came.
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Land Manager: USFS - Lewis & Clark National Forest Office