Ascent of Bald Mountain on 2007-07-03
|Date:||Tuesday, July 3, 2007|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||9544 ft / 2909 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFrom Bridgeport CA I headed N CA-182 north, which becomes NV-338 at the state line. After about 10 miles is Sweetwater Summit, which is signed. I turned around and headed 0.2 miles S to the unsigned turnoff to Rye Grass Spring. This turnoff is about 1 mile N of the turnoff to Long Doctor Spring, which is signed but easily missed. I drove toward Rye Grass Spring on a narrow and rocky forest road, and although a small FS sign warns against passenger cars, most street-legal vehicles could make it at least a mile. I parked near Rye Grass Spring, which is not evident in the field and I knew I was near it only by mileage. I could have made it an additional half mile in my high-clearance 2WD Nissan pickup, but I opted to stop when I did because my two front tires were very old and one had a slow leak.
As I continued on foot, the road gradually became rougher and by the time I reached point 7269 it was 4WD. The road then deteriorated to a trail which stayed to the right of the creek bed in the gully headed to the saddle immediately SE of point 7721. When I reached this saddle, I turned up the ridge SE, then E, though a stunted forest with widely scattered rocks and brush. As I neared the crest of the ridge S of point 8498, the route became more bouldery.
When I reached the forest's edge on the ridge crest, I was greeted with a view across a broad sagebrush valley, culminating on the left at point 9407. I crossed the valley, losing about 100' elevation, and made a left ascending traverse of the ridge on the far side. I stayed slightly below the saddle at the very center of section 25 and continued my left traverse across the steeper face above until I gained the summit plateau of Bald Mtn W of point 9407. From that point it was an easy stroll through grass and sagebrush to the summit.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||3144 ft / 958 m|
| Extra Gain:||300 ft / 91 m|
| Trailhead:||Rye Grass Spring 7000 ft / 2133 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Open Country|
| Time Up:||3 Hours |
| Time Down:||2 Hours 40 Minutes|
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