Ascent of Old Baldy on 2011-07-22
|Date:||Friday, July 22, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8680 ft / 2645 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI approached Old Baldy from Lewistown. Hwy's 87 and 191 meet in the middle of town and road 238 goes south from this intersection. Zero your odometer. At 11.2 the pavement ends, but the road is a great gravel road all the way to the trailhead. At 11.4 take the right fork signed for Red Hill Road. I saw 4 big bull elk along the road. At 23.7 pass the Uhlhorn Trailhead. I chased a big buck down the road for a ways. At 27.0 arrive at a saddle, elevation 5964 ft. There is a good road going right and a closed jeep track going left.
Hike up the jeep track through the short forest. It is a little rocky in spots. In about a mile go over a closed barb wire gate. Stay on the jeep track, there are no forks or crossroads. There is a dip along the ridge about 2.5 miles from th summit where you lose 100 ft in elevation. At about 8,000 ft the forest goes away and you can see the summit area ahead another 1.75 miles. The jeep road kind of disappears on the grassy slopes about .75 mile before the high point. I climbed a grassy ridge to get on the final summit plateau and I could see the high point about another .5 mile across the grassy slopes. Great views in all directions. Beautiful area. After tagging Old Baldy, I continued south down the ridge to the Golden Valley County High Point before turning for home.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||3272 ft / 997 m|
| Distance:||13.1 mi / 21.1 km|
| Route:||Old Jeep Trail from East|
| Trailhead:||5408 ft / 1648 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Open Country|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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