Ascent of Bald Mountain on 2007-07-03

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bald Mountain
    Elevation:9544 ft / 2909 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Bridgeport CA I headed N CA-182 north, which becomes NV-338 at the state line. After about 10 miles is Sweetwater Summit, which is signed. I turned around and headed 0.2 miles S to the unsigned turnoff to Rye Grass Spring. This turnoff is about 1 mile N of the turnoff to Long Doctor Spring, which is signed but easily missed. I drove toward Rye Grass Spring on a narrow and rocky forest road, and although a small FS sign warns against passenger cars, most street-legal vehicles could make it at least a mile. I parked near Rye Grass Spring, which is not evident in the field and I knew I was near it only by mileage. I could have made it an additional half mile in my high-clearance 2WD Nissan pickup, but I opted to stop when I did because my two front tires were very old and one had a slow leak.

As I continued on foot, the road gradually became rougher and by the time I reached point 7269 it was 4WD. The road then deteriorated to a trail which stayed to the right of the creek bed in the gully headed to the saddle immediately SE of point 7721. When I reached this saddle, I turned up the ridge SE, then E, though a stunted forest with widely scattered rocks and brush. As I neared the crest of the ridge S of point 8498, the route became more bouldery.

When I reached the forest's edge on the ridge crest, I was greeted with a view across a broad sagebrush valley, culminating on the left at point 9407. I crossed the valley, losing about 100' elevation, and made a left ascending traverse of the ridge on the far side. I stayed slightly below the saddle at the very center of section 25 and continued my left traverse across the steeper face above until I gained the summit plateau of Bald Mtn W of point 9407. From that point it was an easy stroll through grass and sagebrush to the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3144 ft / 958 m
    Extra Gain:300 ft / 91 m
    Trailhead:Rye Grass Spring  7000 ft / 2133 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 40 Minutes

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