What is Peak Bagging?
A peak bagger (n.) refers to a hiker who attempts to reach the summit of a mountain or collection of peaks, often those above a certain height.
Bag a 12,000-Foot Peak in Ramblers
The Tushar Mountain range, just east of the city of Beaver, is the third-highest mountain range in the state, with three peaks topping 12,000 feet.
Challenge yourself to bag them all while enjoying spectacular views, serene landscapes, and solitude in which you can totally immerse yourself in the quiet bliss only nature can provide.
Read Put Your Tush Into It for more Beaver County hiking information.
Delano Peak is a three-mile, lightly trafficked out-and-back trail featuring beautiful wild flowers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail, but because there’s the possibility of seeing both elk and mountain goats, it’s recommended that dogs stay leashed. Hikers on this three-mile out and back trail can anticipate a 1,650-foot elevation gain.
Mt. Belknap, the second-highest of the Tushar peaks, makes for a relatively easy ascent of a mountain of this size. An added bonus is that the road that leads to its base is the highest road in the state. The out-and-back trail measures 2.68 miles with a 1,460-foot elevation gain. The climb is rocky and a little precarious with some scrambles, so it is not recommended for young kids.
While there are 23 Utah peaks with the word “Baldy” in their name, 12,122-foot Baldy Peak in the Tushars is the highest and best looking of the bunch. Baldy Peak is also known as Mount Baldy, depending on which map you are looking at. Locals also know the peak as Baldy. Expect great summit views from the top of old Baldy from hazy Nevada ranges in the west to white domes at Capitol Reef National Park to the east. Baldy is downright tough and hard to bag. The traditional route is following the ridgeline from Belknap over to Baldy. The alternate route is via the trailhead in the map below.
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