Ascent of Bald Hill on 2014-01-12
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Sunday, January 12, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||737 ft / 224 m|
Ascent Trip ReportOn 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|
| 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|
| 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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