Mount Baldy (winter/spring)

An excellent winter scramble or spring snow scramble, with 3,200 feet of elevation gain. In spring it's a combination of trail and snow, and occasionally flowers are found on the open ridge line, which melts out early. Enjoy views of Mount Stuart and surrounding peaks and lakes from Mount Baldy summit.

getting there

From the north side of I-90, Exit 70, turn left and follow Sparks Road, parallel to the highway. At 0.7 mi go right on Kachess Dam Road, and follow it first north, then northeast for about a mile.  Turn right on the gravel road that leads to Trail Nos. 1212, 1308 and 1315.

approach & ASCENT

The trailhead are a few hundred feet up stream from the parking area.  The trail is signed as the Easton Ridge Trail (No. 1212).  After crossing the footbridge do not stay low on the old logging road.  Instead keep choosing trails going eastward and up-slope.  The trail switchbacks for about 0.5 mi to an obvious logging road.  Turn left onto the logging road.  Within 200 feet come to the end of the logging road switchback, where the trail picks up again.

The trail continues in switchback fashion and turns north a few hundred feet prior to arriving at a sign on a tree at the edge of the watershed after about 0.6 mil (The sign marks Domerie Trail and the Easton Ridge Trail).  Go left at the sign and follow the trail north to northeast along the ridge for about 1.2 mi to Peak 4,942.  Be sure to stay on the trail or to the right of the ridge top (if trail obscured by snow), because there are steep cliffs to the left (west).  At a moderate pace and a mostly bare trail it takes about 2.5 hr to reach the summit of Peak 4,942.

At the summit of Peak 4,942 turn right and follow the ridge trail on a bearing of 117° southeast for about 1.2 mi to the summit of Mount Baldy.  When snow obscures the trail stay right (south) of the ridge-top and watch for cornices!  The trip from the summit of Peak 4,942 to Baldy summit is about an hour.

DESCENT ROUTE

Descend via the same route.

NOTES

  • Mount Baldy is a snow scramble only because there is a trail to top.
  • Routefinding can be difficult on snow, but much of the ridge trail to Peak 4,942 is very steep, so the going may be easier with snow.
  • Extend your trip by following the ridge further westward to Domerie Peak.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 2
  • Length: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,600 ft
  • 5,107 ft
Map
  • USGS Kachess Lake
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX
  • Green Trails Kachess Lake No. 208
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