Bonneville County High Point Trip Report

Mt Baird (10,025 ft)

Date: July 6, 2001
Author: Ken Jones

Drive: On US Hwy. 26 near the northwest end of Palisades Reservoir (about halfway between mileposts 390 and 391), turn north on the signed Little Elk Creek road. Follow this road (suitable for passenger sedans) to its end (~1.5 miles), where a sign indicates the Sheep Creek ATV trail to the left, and the Little Elk Creek trail to the right.

Hike: Follow the trail up Little Elk Creek to a basin at about 8800'. Turn right on an unmapped trail, which passes around the east side of the 8920+' knoll. Leave the trail and pick up the northwest ridge of Mt. Baird, which you can follow to the summit. This route is class 2, though a bit steep in spots near the top. Tom Lopez's book suggests the north ridge, which would be accessible from the same basin, but lists it as class 3. We stuck to the northwest ridge both ways.

Trip Statistics: ~9 miles, 4200' gain, 7:30 hours.