Ascent of Bald Peak on 2009-11-22

Climber: Troy Alward

Others in Party:Joel Sullivan
Date:Sunday, November 22, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Bald Peak
    Location:Canada-New Brunswick
    Elevation:638 m / 2096 ft

Ascent Trip Report

To get to Bald Peak we took Route 385 north from Plaster Rock. In the small town of Riley Brook, we stopped and picked up a day pass ($9/person) at the small convenience store there. We discovered that the lumber roads that take you up to the base of the mountain are controlled access roads with gates at the entrance. With passes in-hand, we headed north out of town and quickly crossed over the river and took the first right, immediately after the bridge. We stayed to the left and took the dirt road. Within half a mile we came to the gates and used the red phone box to call in our names and pass numbers to get access to the timber roads. Once past the gates we continued straight on the main road until about mile 6. At that point we took some secondary wood roads up to the base of the mountian, but wasn't really necessary because at this point you're close enough to the mountain for easy access. We ascended the Southwest side of the peak. After you get through the lumbered area, there's only a few hundred feet of forest to bushwack through until you reach the loose rock. At this point the ascent becomes very steep and you've got a clear scramble all the way to the peak. It's a nice climb, but very short. The entire round trip took us less than 2 hours and we spent quite a bit of time at the top enjoying the view as it was a beautiful, warm November day. We came down the Southwest side as well as it's the most exposed and very enjoyable steep descent.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Sunny and warm for November
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:30 Minutes

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