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Big Baldy Fire Lookout Idaho

Submitted By: rockster_14 on 14 May 2009

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Latitude: 44.782437
Longitude: -115.218832

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This is in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. You can access the point by hiking the Baldy Ridge trail. The trail head is about 50 miles north east of cascade. The trail head is Buck Creek Trail (Trail 090) it is 51.3 Miles up FR 447 from the Warm Lake area.

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There is no water on the Baldy Ridge trail so plenty of water should be taken. Make sure your bottles are full befor you get to the ridge. I strongly suggest having a detailed topo map and GPS.

This trail can be turned into a loop with the Indian Creek Trail (trail 225) with a total distance of about 52 miles. A detailed description of this hike can be found in Hiking Idaho by Ralph Maughan.

From the trail head take Buck Creek 5 miles until you reach a junction with Indian Creek trail and Baldy Ridge Trail. From here it is a long, hard 7 miles before the next water source, Buck Lake. From buck lake continue on the Baldy Ridge trail until you reach close to the summit. You will reach a junction with another trail that leads to the summit. At the summit there is a beutifull view and an abandoned fire lookout. I took a look inside and there is a log book where visitors record their date and observations. This hike is well worth the view. One of the best I've seen.

There are no points within 15 miles of this point.

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