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Ascent of Baldy Peak on 2016-07-02

Climber: Jeremy Ruckel

Date:Saturday, July 2, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Baldy Peak
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:8378 ft / 2553 m

Ascent Trip Report

Open weekend at the Davis Mountains Preserve. Started the hike around 9:45 with clouds covering the summit. The first section up to Bridge Gap, where the trail splits, is a little steep and loose at times, but fairly moderate. From Bridge Gap, we took the Limpia Chute Trail up, which was a very nice, forested section. When Limpia Chute re-merged with Bridge Gap Road, the trail is a pretty easy stretch up until the last section, which is a scramble up to the top. There is a section that requires some care, but isn't overly difficult. On the way down we took Bridge Gap Road instead of Limpia Chute, which was the most unpleasant portion of the trail. It was pretty steep most of the way and lots of loose fist sized rocks. In hindsight we would have taken Limpia Chute both directions, nicer trail and better views, in my opinion. My kids (5, 7 and 9) all completed the summit without assistance (other than on the scramble). The summit has great views in all directions. It is covered in lady bugs.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1800 ft / 549 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route:Bridge Gap Road to Limpia Chute Road
    Trailhead:Madera Canyon Road / Cat Tank Road intersection  6578 ft / 2004 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes



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