Mount Baldy

Colorado Springs, Colorado (Teller County)

Last Updated: 04/29/2019
4/5 (3 reviews)
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Status: Partially Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 3-4
(EASY)
Length: 6.3 miles
Highest Elevation: 11755 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Colorado Springs
Nearest Town w/ Services: Colorado Springs
Official Road Name: 379, 379A
Management Agency: U.S. Forest Service
District: Pikes Peak Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Mount Baldy

Mount Baldy (FS 379 and FS 379A) is located within the Pike National Forest approximately 15 miles southwest of Colorado Springs. It is approximately six miles in length, and reaches elevations above 11,000 feet, just within the timberline at the base of Almagre Mountain South. This 4WD road provides a sense of solitude because it is remote and less traveled than other roads in the area. It provides expansive views of the plains, rivaled only by the few iconic peaks in the area. The Pike National Forest contains a myriad of trails which provide a broad spectrum of outdoor recreational opportunities. The area is popular among OHV users, mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians. The trail network includes mild trails suitable for stock vehicles (it is not uncommon to see ordinary passenger sedans and minivans on some trails) in addition to genuine 4WD tracks such as Mount Baldy (FS 379), Eagle Rock (FS 370C), and Saran Wrap (FS 370D) that traverse higher elevations. Accessibility and panoramic mountain views are the greatest attractions to this area.

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Route Information

Technical Rating: 3-4
(EASY)

Typically, more rock or undulated road surface. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 18" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 18" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 36" inches. Tire placement becomes more difficult. Can be steep and off-camber.

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Description

This guide describes the road in three segments. The first third of the road climbs gradually from the trailhead at Old Stage Road/Gold Camp Road and includes a switchback with excellent views of the eastern plains. Surface conditions are dry and very good, having been graded by the USFS sometime after June 18th. Climbing further, entering the middle third, the forest becomes more dense as it continues to climb and travels west. The final third road segment, starting at FS Road 379A, is generally rougher, consisting of 10" to 12" loose rock and gravel. Approaching the end, the road is a narrow ledge that emerges at a boulder field and broad saddle that is suitable for group camping. Overall, this road is mild with occasional rough spots, but nothing beyond the capability of a stock 4WD vehicle.

Waypoints

1. Trailhead

The trailhead is well marked and easily identified from Old Stage Road/Gold Camp Road. There is sufficient space for 7-10 vehicles to stage at the trailhead for final checks, locking hubs, airing down, etc.

2. Stream Crossing (0.3 mi)

The trail turns left and crosses the stream. The water is shallow. To the left is a site suitable for single-vehicle camping.

3. Intersection FS Road 626 (0.7 mi)

Continue straight past this intersection. FS Road 626 is an ATV and motorcycle connector trail that runs east to FS Road 381, FS Road 370B, and the Wye Campground.

4. Intersection FS Road 379E (1.5 mi)

Continue straight through the large meadow and pass the intersection to (spur) FS Road 379E on your left. The meadow is suitable for large group camping (10+ vehicles) or as a lunch spot for day trips.

5. Intersection FS Roads 701 and 672 (1.8 mi)

Follow FS Road 379 as it curves to the left. Two popular hiking and mountain-biking trails intersect here.

6. Switchback (2.2 mi)

This switchback is on a ridge. From this vantage point, one can see the plains to the eastern horizon, and numerous mountain peaks to the west.

7. Intersection FS Road 370C (3.9 mi)

Approaching the large meadow ahead, you will pass the junction with Eagle Rock/FS Road 370C on the left. Stay straight on FS Road 379.

8. Intersection FS Road 379A (4.5 mi)

Turn right onto FS Road 379A. The trailhead to FS Road 379A is a sharp switchback. Because the forest is dense here, it is not easily visible unless you are watching for it.

9. Rocky Point (5.8 mi)

Continue straight past the rocky point on the shelf road. This point provides exceptional views of the valley and plains below.

10. WP 10 Gate (6.3 mi)

This gate marks the end of public access to FS Road 379A.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 38.740670, -104.956280

Starting Point: Colorado Springs

In Colorado Springs, from Interstate 25, take exit #140 Tejon Street/Nevada Avenue. Travel south on Nevada Avenue approximately one mile to Lake Avenue. Turn right on Lake Avenue, passing straight through two round-abouts, and arrive at the third round-about directly in front of the historic Broadmoor Hotel. Turn left onto Pourtales Road for approximately one-quarter mile, then right onto Mirada Road for one-half a mile. At the intersection with Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard, turn right and proceed across Penrose Boulevard (4-way stop). At this point, Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard becomes Old Stage Road, and soon turns from pavement to graded dirt road. Old Stage Road twists and winds up the mountain through adjoining private property and National Forest lands providing spectacular overlooks of the city below. The Mount Baldy trailhead marker (Forest Service Road 379) is approximately 12 miles ahead.

Camping

Dispersed

Dispersed camping is permitted within the Pike National Forest at undeveloped sites along the trail including Mount Baldy and all connecting roads. On this particular road, sites near Waypoints 2, 4, and 10 are suggested. Users should be aware that there are numerous private properties within the area adjacent to public lands. The private properties are usually, but not always, fenced and signed as private. Use the Motor Vehicle User Map (MVUM), available from the Pikes Peak Ranger District, to help distinguish between public and private land. Please respect other trail users--pack it in/pack it out. Some sites within the National Forest are heavily littered due to inconsiderate users.

Camping: Mount Baldy

Writer Information

Tracy Barker

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tracy is an outdoor enthusiast originally from north Alabama. Tracy's family moved to central Utah when he was a child, and subsequently to southern Utah. These family moves established a precedent, of sorts, as Tracy has lived in numerous states over the past three decades. Tracy is now settling down in Colorado Springs. His favorite activities are family trail rides and camping with small groups. This, too, is a precedent started many years ago in dad's pickup truck, followed by Tracy's first 4x4 acquisition, a 1975 Ford Bronco (in 1991). Tracy aspires to climb some of Colorado's venerable 14'ers while traveling some of the notable and not-so-well-known 4x4 trails in the Centennial State. He's excited about contributing to Trails Offroad because the site is committed to meet a critical 4-wheel drive enthusiast requirement--current and accurate trail data.

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Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Don't you need to turn right onto 379A at Waypoint 8? The directions say to stay straight on 379.
–Bill Andrews (05/05/2019)
A: Thanks for the correction! Adjusted text to say "Turn right onto FS Road 379A".
–Tracy Barker (05/08/2019)

Trail Reviews (10)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
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Rating:
Trail is open and in good condition up to waypoint 5. Past that there is a substantial ammount of snow on the trail. I was able to get up to waypoint 6 but the snow gets impassable about 200 yards past waypoint 6. I wouldn't recommend travel past waypoint 5 for a few weeks until the snow melts a bit more. There is one off camber spot that slid a vehicle towards the edge before waypoint 6. Requiring recovery to prevent an accident.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Easily one of my favorites. Great views, pull offs, not too challenging. Even wide enough to pass a Cherokee and a Grand Cherokee on the trail

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Great trail! We had a stock Subaru Forester, a stock Subaru Crostrek and a 2" lifted Subaru Forester, all three made it to the top. The views are absolutely amazing however the top part is very rocky. I wouldn't recommend trying this if you drive a manual Subaru, however most off-road worthy vehicles should be able to make the trip.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The small stream at the beginning of the trail has rutted out and created quite a dip, saw some people turn around, I got through in an XJ with a budget lift and 29" tires though so it's definitely passable. Smooth sailing until I got to the last about quarter mile of the trail, the snow had blown over any previous tracks in the trail and my mall crawlers just couldn't get any traction. Had to back down quite a bit since theirs no room for turnaround.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Wow! I don't believe we made it all the way to the top in January. We began out trip just to see how far we could safely get, no anticipating finishing the trail. The snow in the trees above 10k feet is only about 2 inches deep. The last shelf portion of the trail only has the occasional drift in the low spots. No issues to get to the top and the hike up to Stratton Reservoir was clear sailing and about 35 degrees.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
What a day on Baldy. We got chased by a storm and almost hit by a Subaru trying to gun it up the trail. Know your vehicle limits and follow trail etiquette, there's already one Jeep in a canyon there. We've made sure the forest service knows it's there.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
25in to the rocker on a lifted TJ rubicon. 4 wheel hi 1st gear no lockers in all the way up the A trail. I would not recommend stock vehicles on this trail due to the sharp drop off with any mistake. There is already one jeep that drove off the cliff in the tight section still down there. Pay attention for vehicles coming down the hill there are only 2 good spots to pass, otherwise its pretty sketchy if you have to make a move. Good fun, was pouring rain on the way down so it made for a tense 10 minute descent out of the tight stuff.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Blady is open all the way. Plenty of traffic for a Saturday.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
Went up Baldy just a couple of miles before turning back. There were plenty of vehicles going past us.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trail was open and clear for much of the first part but as soon as the trees narrow after the walking trail entrance the snow gets deeper. It looks like some have passed through there but we stopped at 10600 and backed up when tires started slipping.