Ascent of Bald Mountain on 2012-04-12
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Thursday, April 12, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||3300 ft / 1005 m|
Ascent Trip ReportBald Mountain is closed from April 15th to Memorial Day for the Spring wet season. I thought I would get in a semi-winter hike today. It turned into more of a winter hike then I thought. The parking area at about 1800 feet was free of snow, dry and about 50 degrees. I left the area wearing regular hiking boots, sweat pants, a long sleeve undershirt and a vest. About 1/2 mile up the trail I spotted a perfect small tree down and snapped off the best walking stick I have ever made. I had reason to be VERY glad of that stick later.
So 1 mile into the hike I started to encounter and inch or two of snow on the ground. Then the steep ascent began and within another 1/2 mile I was up to probably 4 inches of snow. The last 1/2 mile had snow over my boots! The last 1/4 of the mile I lost the trail in the snow - the blazes were covered on the threes and the untracked snow was deep. I bushwacked to the top - having been there before I knew I could not miss the tower and I could take the trail down. The snow was slick and the walking stick kept me upright both on the way up and especially on the way down.
I can say that if you are planning to climb Bald before mud season, you have to treat it as a winter hike. My boots got so wet by the time I was down!
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1480 ft / 451 m|
| Distance:||4.2 mi / 6.8 km|
| Route:||Long Pond Trail |
| Trailhead:||Parking area near long pond 1820 ft / 554 m|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Snowing, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds|
Low clouds, breezy, some snow
| Time Up:||2 Hours |
| Time Down:||1 Hours |
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