Big Baldy Mountain Loop
ElevationAscent: 4,307' 1,313 m
Descent: -4,401' -1,341 m
High: 9,159' 2,792 m
Low: 5,714' 1,742 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)
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“A great loop that takes you over the highest peak in the Little Belt Mountains of Central Montana.”— Jason Snyder
Exposure on Big Baldy is extreme, take appropriate precautions if there is thunderstorm activity.
It is easy to miss the junction to Pioneer Ridge if visibility is poor.
Motorcycles are allowed on many of these trails.
The ascent up the north face of Big Baldy Mountain is via a trail through the shale rock. You'll then traverse an alpine plateau to the summit of Big Baldy Mountain. The 360-degree views from the top are amazing. On a clear day, you can see the Bears Paw Mountains, the Big Snowy Mountains, the Crazy Mountains, and the Absoraka Mountains to name a few.
The descent from the summit will take you back into the timber for a while, until you cross through a series of parks along Hoover Ridge. You'll descend off of Hoover Ridge and the trail will follow one of the forks of the Dry Fork of Belt Creek. There will normally be water that you can filter. The trail mostly follows the creek back to the trailhead.
Land Manager: USFS - Lewis & Clark National Forest Office