Bald Mountain Scenic Landscape 

Bald Mountain Scenic Area

A short, scenic hike to the top of Bald Mountain rewards you with a spectacular panorama of the Great Plains and Continental Divide. The perfect place for an afternoon picnic, Bald Mountain is ideal for both family time and contemplative solitude.  


Pines to Peaks Loop

1.5 miles
Hiking Allowed Dogs Allowed Bikes Allowed Horses Allowed

Picnic Areas

  • Picnic tables located near trailhead


  • Seasonal restroom available during summer months


  • 19 car spots available
  • Horse trailer parking not available


Management Plan

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Plants & Animals

Along Colorado’s Front Range the sweeping grasslands of the Great Plains rise to meet the rugged peaks of the Southern Rocky Mountains. Where they meet we find the foothills – a zone of geological and biological transition. Foothills ecosystems are made up of myriad landforms such as cliffs, canyons, hills, and plateaus. Plant communities range from grasslands to shrublands to forests which provide a variety of habitats for a rich diversity of animals.


Due to the park’s relatively small size and scarcity of water, animal diversity is low here.

  • Some mammals that have been seen here are mule deer, porcupines, short- and long-tailed weasels, mountain lions, and black bears.
  • A few of the birds documented here include the American kestrel, common nighthawk, mountain chickadee, mountain bluebird, and the western tanager.
  • Reptiles found here are the prairie rattlesnake and eastern fence lizard.


The three defining ecosystems here are meadow, ponderosa parkland and ponderosa pine forest.

The soil here is composed of granite, a soil from which few plants can obtain sufficient nutrients. Wind is also a factor. Strong winds sometimes exceeding 100 mph provide an unstable environment for young tree seedlings. If they are able to take root, there’s not much water to keep them alive. Bald Mountain is too high for heavy rainfall and too low for snow accumulation.


Homesteading, Mining, and Ranching

Pioneers grazed livestock, mined and logged here. Cattle grazing occurred on the open space meadows as early as 1886. An old livestock loading corral and chute still stand near the entrance and were once a part of the Jones' homestead across the road.

Boulder County’s First Open Space Property

In 1973 Boulder County Parks and Open Space leased the area from the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners. The lease is still active today.


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