Bald Mountain Trail keeps testing you and your rig until you make it or give up along the way. As you and your rig are pushed to the limits you witness spectacular panoramic views of the entire Matanuska-Susitna Valley making this one of the best off-road trails in Alaska. You can also see the wreckage of a B-29 on the side of the mountain. This trail was featured on Episode 57 of Dirt Every Day - Alaskan Army Truck Adventure as well as Nitto's 2016 JK Experience, clearly it is worth the visit! Breathtaking views abound on this one! Come prepared and bring a camera!
The first part of the trail maneuvers through private property, please drive respectfully and stay on the road to avoid trespassing. 4x4 Low range is generally recommended from here on out. Respect the new fence being put in this summer (2017).
From the Palmer/Wasilla Interchange: Take the George Parks Highway to Wasilla, then drive most of the way through Wasilla until you reach Church Road, then take a right (north) on Church Road for 4.1 miles. At the end of Church Road turn left (west) on West Schrock Road for 0.9 miles, then take the Y in the road to the right (east) to get on Sitze Road. Turn right (east) at the next intersection to remain on Sitze Road. The trailhead will be just after the little bridge and begins to the left on North Solitude Street.
Also known as Baldy Trail, Mt. Baldy, Baldi, B-29 Trail, and Swift Creek Trail.
We went for a night run and only made it 2.8 miles in before the big mud puddle before more hill climbs. Conditions were good, although due to it raining when we were out on the trail the mud became very slippery. We turned around just after 2 hours on the trail.
The first hill along the trail was glare ice. I happened to be in the neighborhood and wanted to see what the trail conditions were like, and lucky for the two guys in this old Nissan D21 I came by and winched them back on the icy trail and back down to safety minimizing the chance of them rolling over down the side of the hill.
The rather slick and icy trail conditions resulted in too much application of the skinny pedal that translated to wheels spinning on frozen ground. It was a fun trip but not much progress on the hills was made. Did not disappoint.
Kyle has been into off-roading since getting his license at 16 and wheeling the family SUV (possibly without informing his parents of these wheeling trips in their vehicles). He graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with an Electrical Engineering degree. He lives in south-central Alaska and is raising his two young kids. Kyle stays busy year-round by working full-time as an Electrical Engineer who spends his weekends wheeling, hunting, fishing the local lakes, and raising his family. He is eager to share his love of the outdoors with others, especially when it involves a 4WD. His goal is to create an amazing resource for locals and travelers alike to enjoy the endless beauty Alaska has to offer while respecting the trails and keeping them open for years and generations to come.