Ascent of Baldy on 2012-02-29

Climber: Chad Straub

Others in Party:Maverick(k9)
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:3225 ft / 982 m

Ascent Trip Report

Not ready to commit to the forecast week of rain/snow, I drove east looking for the sun. I found it north of Yakima near Sultan. Baldy was blanketed wth a thin layer of snow, only the tall grass and large boulders protruding when I began hiking at noon. Temperatures were in the mid 30's with moderate wind that turned extreme on the upper ridge.

We encountered a herd of 20 or so goats near the base. Birds of prey riding warm columns of air surrounded us for most of the ascent. Saw so snakes, but a few tracks/tunnels in the snow.

We were in the only pocket of sunshine, the distant ranges shrouded in moisture. Still, the views were astounding. Rolling hills stretch endlessly in all directions with deep canyons cutting between them. Snoqualmie Pass had just started snowing on my way out and appeared to have continued throughout the day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1925 ft / 586 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Route:West Ridge
    Trailhead:1300 ft / 396 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 

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