|Peak Summited||2020 Mount Baldy|
|Type of Hike||Day hike|
|Hiking Companions||Hiked with a group|
|Road Conditions||Road suitable for all vehicles|
|Bug Status||No bugs|
|Snow Conditions||Trail snow-covered at times - Gear and expertise recommended|
|Trail Conditions||Minor obstacles posing few problems|
Completely randomly, out of the blue, something in my head (not me, of course) decided “I'm going to hike Baldy.”
…so I did. Learned lots and got bitten by a strange bug at the summit. Now, for whatever reason, I'm compelled to climb everything tall that I see. Store attendants at REI say “you should wait until the snow melts,” but I'm thinking of how boring a trail without snow and ice sounds.
This is a very late post, so my trail condition notes are irrelevant. For anyone wanting to climb the north face of the bowl, WEAR A HELMET. We watched a descender pick up some loose talus that ended up meeting the back of his head at a painful-to-watch velocity. Air rescue was almost required. The west side of the bowl is much safer, shorter, and also usually has more snow to climb.
Here's to a long, labor-intensive, expensive, yet questionably rewarding hobby.