Ascent of North Baldy on 2016-08-27
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, August 27, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||9858 ft / 3004 m|
Ascent Trip ReportStarted 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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