Something convenient besides Badger! Date Climbed: Nov 27, 2016
Not too long of a drive from Kennewick, took a little over an hour to get here. Much better elevation gain, around 2000 feet within 2 miles, and much better views. Nice hiking area! Herd of Bighorn Sheep on the ridge about halfway to summit.
I really enjoyed this hike... especially because it was apparently the only day that week which hikers did not see rattlesnakes along the trail. Baldy is one of those peaks which I look at every time I drive between Ellensburg and Yakima, and I am glad to finally visit it. Great views in every direction. Highly recommended.
Hiked the straight-up route from the Yakima River. The description of this trail as steep is no joke!! Watched a herd of mountain goats scrambling up the scree slopes and rock cliffs. Great views of the river canyon and surrounding area!
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe