Ascent of Mount Douglas Bald on 2012-07-31

Climber: Dave Ward

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Douglas Bald
    Elevation:745 ft / 227 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hot sunny day, about 32 C, and had a great view of the Welsford and valley area. This relatively steep trail starts out rooty, then quite rocky, then a mixture of the two towards the summit. I have hiked this trail several times in the past and have only seen others hike to the bald open lookout. I have not yet found a trail that leads to the summit of Mount Douglas, which is another 500 m. further north and about 30 metres higher.

There are no signs indicating where the trailhead is. Take Hwy 7 to Welsford and turn west onto Rte 101. Drive 500 m. and immediately after the new overpass, turn north onto the unpaved road which leads to a flat, open area. At the north end of the lot, the trailhead starts at a large mound of dirt that one must walk over. There were a number of strips of orange tape tied to some bushes, but no hiking sign. The trail becomes more obvious on the other side of the mound of dirt.

Although I like to hike with trekking poles, they're not an absolute necessity for this trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:647 ft / 197 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.5 km
    Route:South route
    Trailhead:See Trail Report.  98 ft / 29 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes

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