Ascent of Baring Mountain on 2014-09-12

Climber: Vic Hanson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, September 12, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Dirtbike
Peak:Baring Mountain
    Elevation:6125 ft / 1866 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the small town of Barring take the gravel NF road 6024 across US Hwy. 2 from the Barring Store, cafe and Post Office, cross the tracks and go about 4 1/2 mile to the parking lot for Barclay Lake. The main trail to the left of the restroom is for Barclay Lake. The climber's trail to the peak is to the right of the restroom, following an abandoned road for about 1/4 mile to a small stream, it was marked by both cairns and orange/pink plastic tape when I was there. The trail starts on the right of the creek but almost immediately crosses over to the left as it starts the crazy steep climb. It was well marked with tape, but would have been fairly easy to follow without it. It was easier to follow going up because then it was right in your face, coming down it was 'way' below you! At the top of the ridge the trail makes a 90 deg. turn to the left, with no tape for awhile but again the trail is obvious, and much less steep. It does drop off to the right of the ridge after awhile, then climbs steeply back up to the ridge just before the start of the rock gully. From the ridge it opens up, out of the forest, and there is a somewhat obscure use trail going off to the left, right about where the first large boulder is. It follows near the left edge of the rocks most of the way to the bottom of the bowl, and it is marked with cairns where the trail is in the rocks (between dirt sections). At the bottom just find the best way across the boulders but look for a faint route up in the grassy area as it starts to ascend. It is mostly just places where you can see faint steps going up some of the grassy brushy areas on the far left side. At the saddle, turn left and hug the right side of the trees and bushes to the rock wall, then again stay to the left and the trail is somewhat easy to follow. There are a few rock fields that you just go straight across and the trail continues on the far side. It seemed that whenever I lost the trail, if I looked on the left side I would find it. An exception here is at the top of the trees the obvious trail went to the right like it was going to traverse around the summit, but that brings you to the north side and lots of exposure. Instead of following the trail here, the shortest and easiest route is to go a bit to the left and scramble up to the left of the true summit and then make a right turn up the final rock scramble to the summit. The register is just beyond the summit, down in a protected hole between some rocks. Going back, just before I got to the saddle I went left at a rocky outcrop because it looked like the path to the right was too far to the right of the saddle, but the left path drops down to a very sketchy rock face where a slip would send you tumbling down the steep east side of the saddle. I went back up and realized that the other path was the correct one, it drops you down in the trees on the saddle.

It was a nice cool morning so I pushed hard, arrived at the top of the rock gully at 11:43, in an hour and 37 min. Reached the saddle at 12:30, staying on the left side of the gully most of the way (except at the start where I didn't see the trail), and at the summit by 1:00. Total distance RT was 5.3 miles with 4,492 feet of gain. Glad it was dry coming back down, trekking poles were nice! Total time was 6:10 with about 45 min. on top and taking pics.

Strave GPS track is here:
(The 'moving' time and pace are way off for some reason, but total elapsed time is correct.)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4371 ft / 1331 m
    Extra Gain:275 ft / 83 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Route:Barring Mt. Climber's Trail
    Trailhead:Barclay Lake TH  2304 ft / 702 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Cool in the shade, nice in the sun.
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 20 Minutes

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