Bald Mountain - August 20, 2022

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I was supposed to hike to the top of Reid's Peak on my annual Uinta trip, but since the weather called for storms, I didn't feel comfortable summitting Reid's, which I have never attempted before, in a cloud, so I instead did the old standby, Bald Mountain. Someone at our campground had said that the storm was supposed to move in around 1:00 pm, so I hit the trailhead around 10:30 in the morning. Unfortunately, even at that time, the top of Bald Mountain was already in a cloud. About 1/3 of the way up, it began to drizzle, and maybe halfway to the top it began to rain with a little more authority. Pretty soon I was just hiking through the cloud. When I did reach the summit, the clouds broke for a few minutes. I took advantage of the break and took some shots down towards Moosehorn Lake and vicinity. Heading back down, it clouded up again and began to rain.

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Clear at the trailhead

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Cloudy up top

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Harebell along the trail

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Storm clouds to the west

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Murdock Mountain

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Looking out towards Mount Watson

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Haystack Mountain

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The trail

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Buckwheat along the trail

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Yarrow

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Arnica

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Fleabane

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The trail makes it way through a small stand of conifers

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Heading on into the cloud - drizzling at this point

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Not sure what this plant is

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Back to just rocks

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Thistle

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Paintbrush and buckwheat

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Rain and wind have picked up by this point and my hands are getting a little chilly

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Selfie

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Kind of an eerie feeling to it.

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Looking into the abyss

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Reduced visibility

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Rock stairs to the top

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Moosehorn Lake below as the clouds cleared for a couple of minutes

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Can you make out Reid's Peak? :)

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It's peaking out from underneath the cloud

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Heading back down

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Clouds moving back in

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You can see a little further now

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Reid's peak peeking through again

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Some stonecrop

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Cloud covered Hayden Peak from the overlook

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Pearly everlasting

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Hayden Peak on my ay back to camp

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Kletting Peak on my way back to camp.


The End.
 
nice! I love hiking in a whiteout, especially when it clears occasionally like this
 
nice! I love hiking in a whiteout, especially when it clears occasionally like this

The rains kept the crowds down too on this popular trail. I actually had the summit to myself for about ten minutes. :thumbsup:
 
The place where I first met Scatman and his family! Really cool shots with the clouds/fog. Probably helped keep the crowds at bay too.
 
Had to go find more rain and mud .... As if you already didn't have enough
 
The place where I first met Scatman and his family! Really cool shots with the clouds/fog. Probably helped keep the crowds at bay too.

How long ago was that Jackson, five or six years now? My how time flies. Most of the people I ran into were coming down as I was going up. A lady summitted five to ten minutes after I did. I did run into a small group heading up as I descended.
 
Had to go find more rain and mud .... As if you already didn't have enough

You've taught me well Bob! A good hard rain and some clay mud to stick to your shoes makes the trip. :D
 
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How long ago was that Jackson, five or six years now? My how time flies. Most of the people I ran into were coming down as I was going up. A lady summitted five to ten minutes after I did. I did run into a small group heading up as I descended.
Yep, probably 5 years. I think it was summer 2017.
 
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