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Station Creek to Bald Mountian

Intermediate
 4.5 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Beautiful early season hike with great views and wildflowers.


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7.6

Miles

12.2

KM

Out and Back

5,116' 1,559 m

High

3,195' 974 m

Low

2,183' 666 m

Up

2,181' 665 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

68%

Max Grade (34°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Can hike a short way and turn around, lots of big ponderosa pine from the start.

Overview

This trail starts along Station Creek and climbs to a high overlook. From there, an unofficial trail climbs to the summit of Bald Mountain to expansive views.

There is one steep section but nothing too bad. Of course, the wildflowers in mid-May are gorgeous.

Description

The hike starts along a creek, crosses the creek, then heads up the hillside to a series of ridges. Depending on the time of year you go, there are profuse wildflowers from start to finish on the Station Creek Trail #152 (mid-May is great).

For those looking to take their time, there are numerous good spots to take a break along the trail. The official Station Creek Trail #152 trail ends at a point on the ridge overlooking the valley below, but there is a well-defined user trail that continues up.

The views just get better if you follow the user-created trail along a ridge. It finishes at the summit of Bald Mountain where you'll really have some views. The user-created trail is easy to follow and isn't very steep except for a small section right below Bald Mountain.

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Shared By:

Matthew Henderson

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  4.5 from 6 votes

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Photos

Bald Mountain Summit looking south.
Jun 12, 2021 near Idaho City, ID
View from Bald Mountain
May 30, 2018 near Idaho City, ID
Wildflowers
May 19, 2018 near Idaho City, ID
Bald Mountain in the distance from the end of the official trail.
May 19, 2018 near Idaho City, ID
Halfway through the trail
May 30, 2018 near Idaho City, ID
Arrowleaf Balsamroots
May 30, 2018 near Idaho City, ID

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Nov 20, 2021
Andy Hill
Nice trail in the late fall (weather permitting). The low clouds moving in and out of the ridges were cool, and loved the view off of Bald Mountain! 7.6mi — 4h 03m
Oct 9, 2021
James Hope
we didn't do the final section. but it was awesome 5.3mi
Jun 11, 2021
Jared Watson
Jan 4, 2021
David H
Jun 30, 2019
Emilie Kitt
beautiful. steep areas but no scrambles. 7.6mi
Jun 21, 2019
Patrick Buggy
May 11, 2019
Larry Myles
11h 15m