Ascent of Mount Bailey on 2007-09-10

Climber: Scott Cockrell

Date:Monday, September 10, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Bailey
    Elevation:8368 ft / 2550 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the second-hardest climb to this point, after Mt. McLoughlin. Mt. Bailey is a fairly isolated volcano to the northwest of Crater Lake. There was a pickup truck at the start of the trail that was full of camping gear like my car, so I knew somebody was already up there. The trail started up through another nice forest -- before long it emerged on the open side of Mt. Bailey. In 2 hours I reached an overlook over a large glacial cirque like that on Mt. McLoughlin, and half an hour later reached the crater, which was full of snow at the bottom. There I met the guy coming down from above. He was even older than I am. He was interested in the particulars of how to get to Mt. McLoughlin, which he thought he might try before driving to Arizona. From that point, I climbed around the crater to the "false summit". The ridge from there to the true summit is sort of like the left side of a stegosaurus cut in half. You can't go up the right side of the ridge -- that is where the right side of the stegosaurus is missing, and there is a very steep cliff. Up the middle of the ridge is a collection of giant rock plates standing on edge, a couple of feet thick and 10 or 12 feet high. So you have to follow a climbers' trail just to the left of the plates, above a fairly steep scree slope that falls away to the left. At one point, there is a hole a few feet across through the rocky plates -- and it makes a perfectly -framed picture of Mt. Thielsen! Eventually, the climbers' trail leads to a rocky notch -- you scramble up through that to the top of the ridge, and walk up to the summit. It is steep on all sides but where the ridge comes in, and offers fine views.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 33 Minutes

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