Ascent of South Baldy on 2016-09-17

Climber: Thomas Denham

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, September 17, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:South Baldy
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10783 ft / 3286 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the end of FR 406, which is at the upper limit of what a normal passenger car can handle. The first two miles of the trail are deceptively easy - not much elevation gain in this section. The forest here is very nice as the trail parallels a small stream for most of the way. At around 9000 ft, the trail takes a left at a confusing junction where the signs are in need of a bit of repair. Beyond here is the steepest part, not made any easier by the occasional tree fallen across the path. Finally, the trail reaches the ridge about 500 ft below the summit. The climb is more gradual from here on as the trail makes it way around the western side of the mountain above the tree line. When the trail reached FR 235, I walked the dirt road to the top of South Baldy.

Weather could not have been more perfect for this hike. Made it up to the top and back in 5 hours 20 minutes, including about 20 minutes spent eating lunch at the summit. I saw one other person coming up while I was descending the steep section just below the ridge. My very first hike with 3000+ ft of vertical gain...not as strenuous as I expected.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3740 ft / 1139 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.7 mi / 17.3 km
    Route:Copper Canyon Trail
    Trailhead:FR 406  7043 ft / 2146 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Perfect temp and not a cloud in the sky
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 20 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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