Ascent of Bald Eagle Mountain on 2019-06-23

Climber: Chad Thomas

Date:Sunday, June 23, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bald Eagle Mountain
    Elevation:7183 ft / 2189 m

Ascent Trip Report

See my Mount Pleasant TR for additional details on the drive to Three Lakes, easy to find and passable by any good 4x4 high clearance vehicle despite the best efforts of unknowledgeable forest service staff. The 4x4 may not be needed, the high clearance certainly is, yet overall it is a good road in good condition and not a challenge.

We went to the Three Lake trailhead as the Mills Creek Road approach sounded to be in poor condition based on other reports, plus we were able to include Mount Pleasant from Three Lakes the day before without any additional driving.
For the shortest route we crossed the dam on the lower lake, went below the spillway crossing the stream just a few yards beneath it, then started up the brushy slopes south of the lake. While there is a good deal of brush, especially initially, it can be kept to a minimum with very careful routefinding, and was never so thick or deep we were unable to move forward. This gets much better and thinner the closer you are to the top of the slope.

Once the terrain leveled out a bit we traversed south, maintaining elevation or gaining slightly. The forest is generally open but for a couple of short sections. Soon we found what looked to be an old ATV track and followed it across Point 8742 down to the road up Bald Eagle. In my view the road itself was in good condition until we got closer to the top, but there were numerous trees indicating it had been awhile since it had been driven. The last ½ mile became snow covered, so we ascended snow and open forest to the top… good views and crystal clear all across the Central Valley… great weekend for this one!

To descend we took the road further down intending to connect with the PCT along the route we had taken the day before… boy was this a mistake! It is quite a bit longer, more than I realized, and descending the brush as the beginning wouldn’t have been too difficult. Plus, there was quite a bit of brush to deal with during the short stretch from the road to the Mill Creek trail, which was quite difficult to follow with the remaining snow, but we did see a bear and a very young cub in the distance.

The road, for what it is worth, is no longer drivable at all, at least not until some chainsaws are brought out. Quite a few trees had fallen, some obviously this past winter, and most needed some equipment to deal with… several up to 2 feet in diameter. Other than that the stretch of road below 6600 feet we walked seemed to be in good shape even if not currently drivable.
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