Snowbasin in the very background
Baldy Ridge Trail is accessed near the entrance to Camp Kiesel at the far north end of the Causey Reservoir. Just park by the camp entrance (this camp is only for Boy Scouts and is on private property so please respect the No Trespassing signs), the trailhead is across the bridge to the east. The trail will fork immediately after the bridge. Baldy Ridge is the trail to the right (south). The first 1/2 mile is super easy and follows the lake. Just about the only trees here are scrub oak and their branches reach onto the path so you may want to wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt.
I took my son on this trail a few months ago but he didn't last long. Since then I have wanted to get back and explore but summer is too hot (since the trail is fully exposed to the sun) and fall found me engaged in other activities. Today was perfect. I began at around 10:00 am when the temperature was about 45 degrees. A light jacket, a water bottle, a snack , and a camera packed neatly in a small backpack were all I took. The cold temperature made the dirt on the trail perfect on the way up. I could tell though that on the way back it may be muddy in spots. This is not a super muddy trail as the dirt doesn't hold the moisture and most of the trail is exposed to full sunlight and therefore, dry.
About 1/2 mile into the hike the trail gets a bit unclear. To the left the trail looks like a wide rocky wash, to the right you can make out a trail continuing to follow along the reservoir. I took the obvious trail to the right. Later I discovered that the trail I had probably really wanted was up the wash (old rocky road) to the left.
The trail to the right offers great view of the water but eventually comes to an end. I was not ready to end so I continued on following a game trail that sloped up to my left. I soon discovered that I was not the only one to have found this "trail" as a few soda cans were peaking through the bushes. Not far up I also stumbled across an old rusty car. I thought it unusual until later when I found the old road above. The game trail went off to my right and I followed eager to find more treasures. Baldy Ridge is aptly named since trees are few. Scrub oak lines some of the path but mostly the landscape is meadow. Finding myself nearing a small canyon I again headed up but this time to the left. At this point I found the old road a followed it a very short distance until it branched into what seemed to be three old roads. At first I took the furthest right but then doubled back and took the highest one. It ended shortly but I could see another old rust car on the lowest road so I went down to check it out. At the remains of the old car, this trail to seemed to come to an end so I settled in and enjoyed my snacks.
Taking the road back to where I found it, I decided to continue on west and see where it led. Keep in mind that the Causey Reservoir was always in sight so there really was no fear of getting lost. Just as the old road turned back to the north I was surprised to find a clear trail heading up the ridge to the east. Of course, I followed. Unfortunately, a choir concert back at the school at 2:00 kept me from exploring as much as I wanted. I had to head back. I chose to stay on the clear path and not go back the way I came. The path eventually led me back to the first fork I encountered (when I took the obvious trail to the right). This being the trail that was to the left. I was glad to have taken both trails. The last 1/2 mile back was a bit muddy as the day was now warmer.
This is the perfect trail for those who want to get out and enjoy the spring and don't want to encounter a lot of people. It is not the most picturesque but the openness allow for lots of exploring. The hike was never difficult but if you look on our "Trails" page you will find that you can hike in as far as 7 miles.
Stephanie and Debbie, stay-at-home moms who don't stay home.