Big Baldy Ridge, Part 4

First glimpse of Big Baldy

First glimpse of Big Baldy

It wasn’t long after we began our adventure that we saw our first glimpse of Big Baldy.

The object of our hike was on a hill, blanketed in evergreens. Several areas of barren rock peeked out from behind the trees. Big Baldy, at 8,209 feet in elevation, popped up from the top of the hill and cascaded down the mountainside. It wore its name proudly, as the rock did indeed resemble a bald head and the trees a receding hairline.

The top of Big Baldy Ridge

The top of Big Baldy Ridge

We trekked around this balding spot in the mountainside and climbed to its top.

View of the backcountry of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range from Big Baldy Ridge.

View of the backcountry of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range from Big Baldy Ridge.

What a spectacular vision that was!

From the top of Big Baldy, jaw-dropping scenes greeted us from every direction. There were no trees to block the stunning views of the rough, jagged peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. These sharp, blue-gray granite rocks made the rolling, tree-laden green mountains in front of them appear as mere hills. Their pointy teeth reached toward the azure sky and were sprinkled in pure white snow, left over from winter.

More views of Sierra Nevada back country from Big Baldy Ridge.

More views of Sierra Nevada back country from Big Baldy Ridge.

We could see 360 degrees from this vantage point, looking far into the backcountry of Kings Canyon, Sequoia National Park and parts of the Sierra National Forest.

Sawtooth Peak

Sawtooth Peak

Everywhere we turned, there was breath-taking scenery. To the north, Nelson Mountain and Eagle Peak, near Courtright Reservoir in the Sierra National Forest, were visible. Also to the north, we could see Spanish Mountain, Obelisk, Castle Peak, Mount Goddard and other serrated peaks of northern Kings Canyon National Park.

Located to the east, are the Great Western Divide, the Kaweah Peaks, Mount Silliman and Alta Peak; to the southeast, is the famous Sawtooth Peak.

This concludes the Big Baldy Ridge Hike. Thanks for stopping by and reading!

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