Ascent of Mount Baldy on 2018-06-23

Climber: Mihai Giurgiulescu

Date:Saturday, June 23, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Baldy
    Elevation:9271 ft / 2825 m

Ascent Trip Report

Access notes:
DO NOT USE the SummitPost directions for this peak! The driving route described there requires advanced 4WD capability once the uphill along the power poles is reached, and is impassable to most vehicles. Instead, from Highway 28 in Kings Beach, take Highway 267 north, and after going over Brockway Summit, turn right (east) on Martis Peak Road. This seasonal road is paved all the way to the namesake summit, so any car can use it. Beware of some large potholes in the first mile, after which the pavement quality is surprisingly good. Also watch for cyclists on the road. Park at an obvious large turn below Martis Peak, where a gated dirt road serves as the connector to the TRT. For a longer hike, one can start at Brockway Summit and take the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) from there. Be warned that it is a very popular trailhead and thus fills up quickly.

Climbing notes:
From the trailhead, follow the connector road until the junction with the TRT (signed). TRT is actually this dirt road for about half mile going north, and mostly descending. At a signed junction, leave the dirt road and follow TRT in an easterly direction, reaching a shallow saddle first and then switchbacking up the western flanks of Mount Baldy. The trail crosses an abandoned dirt road at one point, following it briefly.

The Placer CoHP is a liner just off the trail at the 9040 contour. A pile of rocks with outstanding views of Lake Tahoe serves as the "summit", if it can be called that. No register is present, probably due to the popularity of trail users, with mountain bikers outnumbering hikers on the day I happened to be there. It was strange to me to run into so many outdoor recreationists using mechanized transport on what I had assumed was just a hiking trail.

After collecting the CoHP, continue up the TRT to just below the actual summit of Baldy, which is reached by an obvious use trail. The views south towards the lake are as outstanding as from the liner, the only difference being that more of the high country in the other directions is visible. No register present here either. One the way back one can opt to follow the TRT, or just head straight down the ridge, cross-country, to the shallow saddle mentioned before and pick up the trail again there.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:360 ft / 109 m
    Total Elevation Loss:470 ft / 142 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.5 mi / 5.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:240 ft / 73 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 231 ft / 70 m; Extra: 9 ft / 2m
    Loss on way in:9 ft / 2 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Tahoe Rim Trail
    Start Trailhead:Baldy West Ridge  9040 ft / 2755 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:461 ft / 140 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 341 ft / 104 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Gain on way out:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.9 km
    Route:Tahoe Rim Trail
    End Trailhead:Martis Peak Road  8930 ft / 2721 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Tahoe-Reno Area CoHP 06-18

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Baldy-West Ridge2018-06-23 a780 ft / 238 m
2Mount Baldy2018-06-23 b360 ft / 110 m
3Mount Rose2018-06-23 c2330 ft / 710 m
4Ophir Hill2018-06-24 a1400 ft / 427 m
5Mount Davidson2018-06-24 b410 ft / 125 m
6Carson Spur2018-06-24 c 
7Martin Point2018-06-24 d1400 ft / 427 m
8Thunder Mountain2018-06-24 e550 ft / 168 m
Total Trip Gain: 7230 ft / 2205 m    Total Trip Loss: 6628 ft / 2019 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mihai Giurgiulescu
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