Rocky Mountain and Old Baldy

Rocky Mountain (left) and Old Baldy (right) in spring

Rocky Mountain (pictured left) is the highest point in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex at 9,392 feet, while Old Baldy (pictured right) is slightly lower at 9,156 feet. Intuitively, one would think that Old Baldy would be the easier summit to attain of the two, but this is actually not the case. The traditional route up Rocky Mountain requires a roughly 7-mile roundtrip, due to the proximity of the South Fork Teton Trailhead to the base of the mountain. In comparison, the trailhead used for the easiest approach to Old Baldy is the Middle Fork Teton Trailhead, resulting in a trip nearly twice as long in mileage and nearly 1,000 feet more in elevation gain. In the Bob Marshall, as in many rugged areas, the terrain may not be exactly as it appears and intuition is not always your best friend.

Digiprove sealCopyright secured by Digiprove © 2015