Ascent of Bald Hill on 2014-01-12

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, January 12, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bald Hill
    Elevation:737 ft / 224 m

Ascent Trip Report

On the way down I visited Bald Hill Pond, a very remote and alluring spot teeming with birdlife. It is shown on the official Lord Hill Park map, but the USGS topo map only shows an unnamed marsh.

As near as I can tell, no trail or path comes anywhere near this little lake, definitely not from the south, west, or northwest. The entire shoreline and surrounding basin is a dense thicket of devils club and other annoying vegetation--it was extremely tough bushwhacking even in January with no leaves on the plants. The slope from Bald Hill down to the lake is an extremely steep cliff of dirt, logs, and brush. My return route is definitely not recommended (especially in the rain!). Bald Hill Pond might be the most inaccessible large body of water located in a public park in the metropolitan Seattle area.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1052 ft / 320 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1052 ft / 320 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.7 mi / 9.1 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:792 ft / 241 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 702 ft / 214 m; Extra: 90 ft / 27m
    Loss on way in:90 ft / 27 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Start Trailhead:Tester Rd  35 ft / 10 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:962 ft / 293 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 702 ft / 214 m; Extra: 260 ft / 79m
    Gain on way out:260 ft / 79 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.4 km
    End Trailhead:Tester Rd  35 ft / 10 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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