OverviewBaldy Hill located just east of Enumclaw is not a very well known summit considering it is located right off of 410. It is quiet prominent from Enumclaw and for many quite tempting to hike up! The major reason for that is that the true summit is on private land and therefore while north of the mountain allows for daily foot travel, the final path to the true summit does not. This final piece of land is on private property and the owner wishes that no one tresspasses on his property.
In 1895 there was reports of a very serious smoke and fire incident on the summit of Mount Baldy in which it was rumored that this was a volcanic eruptions on the summit. Some newpapers even reported lava coming from this little summit. But despite the fact that Mount Baldy was volcanic at one time there is major evidence that show this to be the case. The smoke and fire incident was so large though that it could be seen from the hills of Seattle.
The most popular way of getting to the north summit of Baldy Hill is from the north via from the horse parking area. There is no hunting, fishing, overnight camping or ATV's allowed on the road. From there walk-up a number of roads being mindful of any signs on the side. Continue to take the roads all the way to any area where there is a trail going to the top of the northern summit.
Getting ThereVIA THE HORSE CAMP: Take 410 out of Enumclaw east 2.5 miles. There will be a well established parking area on your right hand side where there is horse parking. Note this parking area is solely for day travel and you must not venture onto private property on the south side!!
Red TapeNEW for 2012-A Hancock Private Property permit is needed to travel on this summit and on available company hiking property. This is a yearly permit and cost $75. This is only valid on the northern false summit and not the southern true summit. For more information click HERE
The south side (true summit) is private property owned by a local family who doesn't want anyone up on the summit area. You will get prosecuted and will face legal action if caught on property.
No overnight parking!!!!
CampingCamping on Baldy Hill is absolutely prohibited on the north side!!! Don't venture to the summit or the south side. It is private land and you will be prosecuted.
External LinksThis is a very good discussion about the land on and around Baldy Hill. As stated by Eric there is a lot of area for which provided a person has a Hancock Permit is legal to hike on, just not the summit.
Here is link where you gather more information from the trailhead as well as purachase a very detailed map of the area.
Possible eruption from Beldy Hill (Mount Baldy)