Ascent of Mount Baldy on 2017-10-28

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Others in Party:Andrew Kirmse
Date:Saturday, October 28, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Baldy
    Elevation:11403 ft / 3475 m

Ascent Trip Report

why is trail 94 called "west baldy trail"? at best it comes in from the north. sure it follows the west fork of little colorado but it seems to be named after baldy, not the river. i digress.

we parked at the trail 94 lot, and went up via trail 94. this is a pleasant trail. there is occasional deadfall to bypass, but it's otherwise great.

when you reach the intersection of the 95/94 (aka east/west) trails, there is a clear use trail to climber's right. this heads south along the crest, and ensures that you will bag both high points. it's not at all clear which of baldy north or baldy are the higher of the two.

we found no register. the views were as awesome as you'd expect from 4700' prominence and 150mi isolation, on a clear day.

after we took a break on baldy we decided we'd try beth lakin's loop, heading down the east trail. we found a cairned trail starting at the saddle between baldy north and baldy. this worked for a bit, but we did have deadfall to avoid, and it took some route-finding to reconnect with the maintained east trail. east trail is shorter than "west" trail, but seemed to have a lot of up/down... and what did suck was the last couple miles along the highway to get back to our car.

if you're looking for the shortest, most well maintained path to the summit then try east trail. the parking lot is at the south end of where my track meets AZ-273. don't attempt to follow our track where it leaves the east trail near the summit: instead continue on to the east/west trail intersection on the north side of mount baldy, and follow the use trail from there.

that said, i think i preferred trail 94 / "west" trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2993 ft / 911 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2993 ft / 911 m
    Round-Trip Distance:18 mi / 29 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2493 ft / 759 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2143 ft / 653 m; Extra: 350 ft / 106m
    Loss on way in:350 ft / 106 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:north baldy trail
    Start Trailhead:9260 ft / 2822 m
    Time:3 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2643 ft / 805 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2143 ft / 653 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Gain on way out:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:east baldy trail
    End Trailhead:9260 ft / 2822 m
    Time:3 Hours 27 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: mount baldy AZ

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Baldy-North Peak2017-10-28 a 
2Mount Baldy2017-10-28 b2993 ft / 912 m
Total Trip Gain: 2993 ft / 912 m    Total Trip Loss: 2993 ft / 912 m
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