Ascent of Mount Baldy-West Ridge on 2019-06-23

Climber: Lisa Barboza

Others in Party:with husband Brian
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 23, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Baldy-West Ridge
    Elevation:9040 ft / 2755 m

Ascent Trip Report

CoHP for Placer County. This hike is mostly on road or trail, unless there is heavy snow.

We parked at the first snowbank on the Martis Peak road; we could not go any further, even in a 4x4 vehicle. There was consistent snow present above 8k feet on this heavy snow year.

We followed the road up to the lookout on Martis Peak, toured the rebuilt 1912 fire lookout (rebuilt in 1998), and then bagged Martis. From there, we went cross country down to the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT). We followed the trail as best we could through snow drifts 8 feet high, surmounted a nice ridge, and then followed it to the summit. The TRT is not very well signed, and not well maintained in this area, either. Be prepared to keep an eye on the trail to ensure you are on route.

At the summit, we had an expansive view of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding peaks. The high point is a small bump in some trees. The most visited point is a small outcrop, and just be sure, we also climbed another outcrop about 40 meters to the east that was a larger pile of rocks.

No wind, brilliant sunshine, a fine view.

We met a couple on top who had summited earlier.

A very nice, fun hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:969 ft / 295 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.8 mi / 12.6 km
    Trailhead:8071 ft / 2460 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
A pleasant, clear day
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Lisa Barboza
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