Ascent of Mount Baldy-West Ridge on 2014-10-05

Climber: Scott Burley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, October 5, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Motorcycle
Peak:Mount Baldy-West Ridge
    Elevation:9040 ft / 2755 m

Ascent Trip Report

Seems like most people hike from the trailhead on 16N52 (the dirt road that continues past the turn up the hill to Martis Pk). You may notice on the map that there's an unmaintained dirt road, 16N54, which will get you to within 1/3 mi of the highpoint, cutting off 4 or 5 miles of hiking. You may consider attempting this short cut.

If you do, you're absolutely going to need high clearance 4WD. Even then, it's a nail-biter. I dropped my KLR650 twice, damaging the brake lever and one of the side cases, and gave myself a twisted ankle. Good thing the hike was so short.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:204 ft / 62 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.3 mi / 2 km
    Trailhead:E end of 16N54  8836 ft / 2693 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:20 Minutes

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