Ascent of Bald Mountain on 2021-05-13

Climber: Bob Bolton

Others in Party:Ken Russell -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, May 13, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bald Mountain
    Elevation:3975 ft / 1211 m

Ascent Trip Report

Summit inReach message

This hike was an unexpected gem. If you're interested you should get there sooner than later before road 091 is blocked by a slide or washout. Read Ken Russell's report for more information.

Here's where someone cut "steps" in the steep hillside above the old road bed. There's a short bushwhack at the top to get down to the trail.

I tried and tried to get this Western Tanager to move his beautiful head out of the shade, but this was the best shot I got. I was fascinated with the cones clinging to the burned trees.

Looking ESE at the north side of Pearsoll Peak, still with quite a bit of snow.

A few of the burned trees were still alive, including this giant.

The Biscuit Fire was many years ago, and we didn't see fireweed (may have been too early in the season???), but there were lots of other flowers, including many patches of a yellow snap-dragon looking species.

These were also everywhere, and I thought they were especially beautiful next to the burnt log.

Near the summit was an inviting meadow with a spur to the right leading into it and toward the top. This spur has been covered with brush to discourage walking in the meadow. Note that the main trail is the left fork here but is overgrown enough to be hard to see.

Some distance later after entering forest is another spur at spot elevation 3771 that is the appropriate route to the summit.

Ken on the summit.

I was fascinated by what I'm calling "fire sculptures". There were many -- here's a sample.

While I was taking fire sculpture photos Ken went on down. If you look carefully near the top of the frame you can see him on the precipitous slope on which the trail was built.

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bob Bolton
Click Here for a Full Screen Map
Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

Download this GPS track as a GPX file

This page has been served 32 times since 2005-01-15.

Copyright © 1987-2021 by All Rights Reserved. Questions/Comments/Corrections? See the Contact Page Terms of Service