Ascent of Bald Mountain on 2013-05-12

Climber: Dan Hildebrand

Date:Sunday, May 12, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bald Mountain
    Elevation:4005 ft / 1220 m

Ascent Trip Report

Met my college buddy, Matt Hibbard, at the Tearbritches trail head near Conasauaga Lake. Be aware, it takes a lot of time to get around on those roads (navigation and rough terrain) so we got a really late start. We drove to the East Cowpen Trail and did the quick bushwhack up Cowpen Mountain. We went up the south side of Cowpen, but came down the steepest gradient on the eastern side since it had a lot less prickly undergrowth. Back on East Cowpen, we continued to the Panther Creek Trail. There is a pretty waterfall on Panther Creek, so take some time to enjoy it. The trail itself had suffered some abuse, was under marked and hard to follow in places (especially among the copious river crossings). We finally made it back to the Tearbritches Trail and started the march back up to Bald Mountain. If you feel guilty about bagging Bald Mountain from the Tearbritches trail head (it's a short hike, only a couple of hundred vertical feet, I did it a couple of times while waiting for Matt to show up ;), this is the way to up the ante. The trail itself isn't rough, but it is a couple of thousand of vertical feet over a couple of miles and it doesn't change much. All in all, a great hike, but driving to the trail head was tougher than the hike was. Meet your friends closer to civilization and take the car with the most ground clearance!
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