Ascent of Bald Hill on 2016-01-21

Climber: John E Sarna

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, January 21, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bald Hill
    Elevation:755 ft / 230 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trail conditions on ascent:
- paved bike trail from Reservoir Road to Oak Creek Dr, from which a couple trails go west to the top. This bike trail T's with the Midge Cramer Path (another bike trail) coming from the Fairgrounds.
- The trail closest to Reservoir Road is dirt on top of gravel
- There's also an old, steep gravel/dirt road to top, going up from near the outhouse, which is similarly muddy after a rain.
- In summer it's all easy class 1 on-trail hiking the 500' to the top
- When it rains in Fall, Winter and Spring, it's a couple inches of mud on top of stretches of gravel over the more difficult sections of trail, and the mud can get very slippery, especially after a significant rainstorm. Going off to the side of the trail gets you off the gravel, but, in some places, the mud is too thick to get good footing through to the gravel. If there's enough rain to make water run down the trail, it sometimes gets it down to the gravel, which makes for better footing
- In winter, after a cold spell below 0 degrees C, the mud freezes, making it easier walking over crunchy ground, but sometimes water freezes atop the trail, making it very slippery on the steeper slopes.

Another trail, the one that goes down the west side and diverges near the valley into one wide trail and one narrow hiker-only trail, will only have a few short unavoidable sections of thick mud. This one is more easily accessible from the Oak Creek Trailhead, and goes off the paved bike trail at the outhouse.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:495 ft / 151 m
    Elevation Loss:495 ft / 151 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:485 ft / 148 m
    Extra Loss:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:to trail and left at all forks
    Trailhead:Fairground parking  280 ft / 85 m
    Time Up:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:485 ft / 148 m
    Extra Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Trailhead:Fairground parking  280 ft / 85 m

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