Ascent of Big Baldy Mountain on 2009-08-05

Climber: Ronald Land

Date:Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Big Baldy Mountain
    Elevation:9177 ft / 2797 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove to the trail head on US Forest service roads. There was a family of four there that had driven up on quad runners using a different route than me. They proceeded up the trail whilst I prepared my pack. The first half was very steep and rocky, lots of scree, and the trail was well marked with cairns. The upper half was less steep and rocky. Whilst on the summit, I had a nice chat with the family and had a bite to eat. The father of the family just happen to be an Air Force helicopter flight mechanic. He inforned me that he had landed many times in an area near the trail head at an elevation of about 6800ft. I took his word for it that the trail head was at that approximate elevation, hence the gain and loss data on this post. A marker at the summit posted the elevation at 9175. We saw lightning about 10-12 miles away and decided it was a good time to head back down. Nice hike/climb overall. I hope to do it again with friends and family in the near future.
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Big Baldy Mountain, Montana (2009-08-05). Photo by Ronald Land.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2377 ft / 724 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Trailhead:Multi use trail head  6800 ft / 2072 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 

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