Ascent of Silver Creek Baldy on 2018-08-09

Climber: Eric Morrill

Date:Thursday, August 9, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Silver Creek Baldy
    Elevation:11470 ft / 3496 m

Ascent Trip Report

(Copied from Moriah report:)

Climbed Mount Moriah with Lucia Pacca and Robert Morrill, starting from the end of the bad, torn-up road that climbs up high into the mountain, right to the wilderness boundary. We left early in the morning, since we wanted to make an early dinner meeting in Baker, and followed the pack trail up to the Table. From there, we cut uphill on the East side of the ridge to Moriah, finding another trail, possibly a sheep trail, which led up to the saddle on the South side of Moriah. From that trail, I split off from Lucia and Bob, to make a side trip over to Silver Creek Baldy. From the saddle where I went South to Baldy, I saw a herd of ca. 8 sheep directly on Moriah Summit, and was happy to have brought a small telescope to inspect them as they looked me over for a few minutes. Trip to Baldy required substantial descent but was an easy ridge, and I did it mostly running. I met up with my camping mates on Moriah Summit, arriving shortly after they did, since they first ascended the unnamed peak directly to the North of Moriah from the saddle to Moriah's North. For our route home, following the path taken by Bob and my older brother Rob Morrill in 2003, we descended the ridge to the West, contouring on occasion on the East Side to slightly shorten our path, and eventually (but a bit later than we should have) dropping down to join the pack trail we took on our way in. The drive out was grueling, since the road is substantially damaged and has many rocky areas, and we had the bad surprise of our breaks starting to overheat and fail, requiring some emergency hand brake use. Despite it not being too steep a road, I recommend just grinding it out in compound low 4-wheel gear. Four-Wheel probably required for a couple of the hairy spots, we certainly had it on going up and down after the cattle guard.
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