M to Mt. Baldy Trail

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Average: 3.8 (4 votes)
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Mt. Baldy has several approaches; this is the steepest trail with about 4,300 feet of elevation gain in five miles. From the M trailhead, hike up the M to the ridge. Stop and take a breather, then traverse up along the ridge on a reasonably flat portion until the trail starts climbing again through the trees to a rocky outcropping. Enjoy another leisurely stroll along the ridge until you come to the final ascent: a steep climb up a scree-covered slope. As expected, the views on top are incredible.  

Directions: Follow N. Rouse Ave. out of town toward Bridger Bowl (the road becomes Bridger Canyon Rd.). As you approach the gap between the Bridgers and the Story Hills, turn left into the signed parking lot on the left.

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5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
August 5, 2014 - 10:39am by: Johnny Certo
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This one nearly did me in. But the views from the top were definitely worth it. Descent is a piece of cake.
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5
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October 13, 2014 - 3:38pm by: Josh
Great first hike in Bozeman. Easy to navigate, and not to steep if you take the long way up to the M. With a bit of snow at the top it took about 5 hours round trip.
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April 29, 2015 - 9:13am by: Lea
In preparation for the Baldy Blitz and in celebration of Bozeman's first 75-degree spring day, I went up Baldy late yesterday afternoon. The trail was clean and dry (though incredibly busy) for about the first 3 miles, then once on the ridge traverse I ran into about two-feet of snow and, being running-shoe clad, I bailed and turned back. Though the wildflowers aren't in bloom quite yet, it was still a beautiful, and steep, hike-- as always.
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July 3, 2015 - 2:35pm by: Caroline Miller
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During these early-July scorchers, this makes a great morning hike to beat the afternoon heat. Just make sure your knees are prepared for the way down.
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July 10, 2015 - 11:37am by: Tom
Nice views, but this is too steep to be enjoyable. Some of the steep parts have very poor footing, too, so it's quite a challenge descending. There are so many other nice ways up that I probably won't do this one again. I did it as a training run on a July morning, and the weather was great and the flowers were beautiful, if you do like super-steep trails.
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October 9, 2015 - 11:19am by: Colleen Winn
I did this hike in early May when there was still some snow on the peaks, which made it slightly more difficult to reach the top. It's very steep until you reach the ridge, then you traverse along the ridge line until you reach the summit. From the top you can see incredible views of the rest of the Bridger range as well as multiple other mountain ranges. it is not a casual hike, but it is definitely worth the effort. Here is a photo from last May looking at the summit of Mount Baldy.
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June 3, 2016 - 10:27am by: Alexander
Does anyone happen to know if the M trail to Mt. Baldy offers any nice views of the sunrise?
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September 4, 2016 - 9:46am by: Roger
Not sure how 4000' in less than 5 miles can be described as not steep if done from the M side, no matter which route is taken to the M itself, a small first part of the hike. I prefer taking the Foothills trail approach, which is a longer but more moderate, and to me more enjoyable, climb until the Sypes Canyon trail (that destination itself out and back makes for a good early season training jaunt). From the Sypes 'T' head up towards Baldy, taking a right turn up onto the ridge after several minutes at the rock cairns. From there, it's a mostly steep climb of ~2+ miles to the ridge at the top, with Baldy a short trail up to the north. The view of the valley on a reasonably clear day is about as good as it gets in the ranges right around town. The way back down taking the M route, is shorter but a mostly unrelenting thigh burner. The Foothills Trail way lets up after the first section while being longer.

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