Location: North 40:34.072, West 111:38.297 (GPS at the summit)
Difficulty: YDS class 1.
Climbed July 27, 2008.
How to get there:
Drive from Salt lake City to the nearby ski area
Snowbird. Route description:
There is a gondola lift serving a neighbor top called Hidden Peak. One may also
easily hike up the service roads and/or trails from the Snowbird village.
From Hidden Peak, descend to the connecting saddle, then follow a reasonable trail
to the summit.
With the successful ascent of Kings Peak the previous day, our hiking goals for
this trip had all been reached. Today was reserved as a day for wrapping up and
just enjoying the facilities at Snowbird where we had been staying the last several
days. Thus, we took a family hike to explore the local tops. In fact, this was useful
since I had recorded an ascent of Mount Baldy already when I was here in 1994. However,
my memory was wrong. The tram from the Snowbird Village runs to a minor top called
Hidden Peak, elevation 3353 meter and not to Mount Baldy as I had assumed.
It was therefore in full order that Heidi, Pål Jørgen and I hiked the
nice trail to Mount Baldy this sunny day. Once there, we noticed the nearby top
called Sugarloaf, it looked equally high. We therefore descended to the connecting
saddle in order to pay a visit also to Sugarloaf.
We returned back to Hidden Peak from the saddle via a service road that first descended
a bit into the Mineral King Basin, then climbed the slope back up to Hidden Peak.
A very successful trip had come to its end. Our flight back to Norway departing
the next day. Many thanks to Pål Jørgen for being such a good
company, even on somewhat "boring" peaks that were "just walks". Hopefully, there
will be trips also in the future to somewhat more challenging peaks.