Ascent of North Baldy on 2016-08-27

Climber: Thomas Denham

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 27, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:North Baldy
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:9858 ft / 3004 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started from the #25A trailhead along Hop Canyon Road, approximately 6.5 miles south of Magdalena. This route is far shorter than the ones from Water Canyon Campground or South Baldy, but likely more strenuous than the route along Trail #8.

The trail begins in ponderosa pine-juniper forest, but Douglas firs become increasingly common the higher you go. The trail reaches the ridge about a mile from the summit, at which point the climb becomes much more gradual. Not long after this is the junction with North Baldy Trail #8. There are some cool rock outcrops in this area. I detoured to check out a particularly prominent one on the way back. The trail here is quite interesting. At one point it follows a narrow rock ridge while descending the col between Peak 9781 and North Baldy.

I followed the trail to its highest point along the NE side of the mountain. The climb from here to the summit is much more gentle and has less vegetation than the south side. On the way down, I scrambled down the brushy SW slope. Spotted a couple of mule deer around Point 9387.
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North Baldy from near the Trail #8/25A junction (2016-08-27). Photo by Thomas Denham.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2106 ft / 641 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2106 ft / 641 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2106 ft / 641 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Hop Canyon Trail
    Start Trailhead:7752 ft / 2362 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2106 ft / 641 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    End Trailhead:7752 ft / 2362 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Thomas Denham
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