Baker Gulch Trail #29
ElevationAscent: 2,415' 736 m
Descent: -30' -9 m
High: 11,256' 3,431 m
Low: 8,845' 2,696 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 48% (25°)
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“A steady climb along a stream that lead from woods and meadows to incredible views of the Never Summers above treeline.”— Kristen McGlynn
The first part of the trail is a gentle ascent thought mostly pine forests. There is some evidence of pine beetle kill here, and you'll hike through a section where there are many young pines. Shortly after you start, you'll cross into the Never Summer Wilderness.
From here, the trail climbs along a stream with several creek crossings (most have log bridges) over small side streams that run down from the northern slopes to join the main stream. You'll skirt several meadows where you have a nice view up the gulch, and you can start to catch a glimpse of where you are headed.
Just shy of 4 miles, the trail crosses the Grand Ditch Trail which is more of a dirt road that is used to access a man-made water canal. Head left on the road and keep an eye open for the log to cross the canal and pick up the Baker Gulch Trail again.
Shortly after this, the trail comes to an unmarked junction with the Baker Pass Trail #29.1. Here the trail branches north, climbing steadily up to Baker Pass and a second junction with the Baker Pass Trail #29.1 and the South Fork Trail #1138.
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