Ascent of Baldy Mountain on 2015-08-15

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Others in Party:7 members of Saturday hiking club
Date:Saturday, August 15, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Baldy Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12048 ft / 3672 m

Ascent Trip Report

We began at an old trailhead about 1.1 mi SW of the TH I've taken on previous trips up. It's essentially abandoned with lots of deadfall, a very steep ascent, and some spots that are had to follow. My hikng club has always taken ths route up. I think the other trailhead is a better bet--perhaps a half mile or a little farther but a much easier trail section. The shortcut intersects the main train after slightly more than a mile at just under 10900 feet. We made slow progress upward because of the abundance of wild mushrooms. I brought home as much as I could carry, but frequent stops for mushroom hunting adds a bit to mileage, time, and elevation gain. We enjoyed a 45 minute lunch on top with the magnificent 360 degree view. on the way down I took off ahead of the group. I found the shortcut descent hard to follow in spots and with rough footing (while the rest of the route has very easy footing).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2510 ft / 764 m
    Total Elevation Loss:465 ft / 141 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.5 mi / 15.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2289 ft / 697 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2045 ft / 624 m; Extra: 244 ft / 74m
    Loss on way in:244 ft / 74 m
    Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Start Trailhead:10003 ft / 3048 m
    Time:4 Hours 4 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:221 ft / 67 m
    Gain on way out:221 ft / 67 m
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Time:2 Hours 1 Minutes

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