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Bald Mountain Scenic Area
Bald Mountain

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 LoopHiking Allowed Dogs Allowed Bikes Allowed E-bikes Prohibited Horses Allowed
1.0 miles – Easy

Bald Mountain Trail Profile

Rules & Regulations

Day Use Only
Pets On Leash
Bikes On Designated Trails Only
No Open Fires
No Hunting/Firearms
No Camping
No Drones

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Trailhead Amenities

19 car parking spots available (no designated ADA spaces)
Portable toilet available during summer months
Several picnic tables located near trailhead

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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.


  • Common raven
  • Downy woodpecker
  • Hairy woodpecker
  • Steller’s jay


  • Abert’s squirrel
  • Least chipmunk


  • Common harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
  • Fringed sage (Artemisia frigida)
  • Mouse ear chickweed (Cerastium spp)
  • Pasqueflower (Pulsatilla patens)


  • Bushy cinquefoil
  • Wax currant


  • Ponderosa pine
  • Rocky Mountain juniper

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.

Contact Us

Parks & Open Space

Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Office Location
5201 St. Vrain Rd.
Longmont, CO 80503
Map & Directions
Office Hours: Mon-Thu 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday by phone, email, or appointment only.
Parks are open sunrise to sunset

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