Ascent of Old Baldy on 2022-01-18

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Others in Party:Geri Stewart
Date:Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Old Baldy
    Elevation:1840 ft / 560 m

Ascent Trip Report

My wife, Geri, and I camped at the north end of Garner State Park and we were not very impressed with the area until we drove to the south end of the park and saw the area around Old Baldy. Old Baldy is a definite climb any visitor should make to get the best views in the park. At the trail head my GPS showed an elevation of 1404 feet. At the top of Old Baldy my GPS gave an elevation of 1852 feet for the 1840+ foot summit. If my GPS was accurate we gained 448 feet from the trail head. It took Geri and I 35 minutes to summit Old Baldy as we covered .7 mile. There was some steep climbing near the top, but nothing worse than hard Class 2 or very easy Class 3. The summit had the largest summit cairn I had ever seen with an American flag mounted on top. It was an amazing pile of rocks probably gathered through the years by many climbers. The summit had good views, but the best view was at 1780 feet .1 mile from the summit where there was a wide open panoramic view spot. When we left Old Baldy we followed the Foshee Trail, the Bird Trail, the Bridges Trail and the Crystal Cave Trail. Along the way we visited small White Rock Cave and larger Crystal Cave before hiking back down on the Bridges Trail to our truck.
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    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble

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