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Trevin ZieglerRoute Climbed: North Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2008

Trevin Ziegler

Great scrambles! Climbed this with SouthRaker. Got some great pics of him showing off his freestyle climbing skillz with Mt. St Helens as a back drop
Posted May 29, 2009 7:49 pm

Brian JenkinsFun scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2008

Brian Jenkins

Originally, last year I was trying to tag this after doing Little Baldy by bushwhacking up the SW ridge. I must have gotten close but I was chest deep in thickets and getting torn up, plus, I hit my turnaround time to get back to Portland for a social function. So, this weekend I went back to tag it from the NE ridge. Hike in was beautiful with wildflowers and tons of butterflies. I hiked to the first rockfield and then picked my way up that to a 3rd class, root scramble to gain the ridge. From there it was a really fun scramble along the ridge in the rocks. I made a game of trying to stay directly on the ridge and climb the rocks. Came back the same way after tagging the summit. Fun time but I would be wary about taking a passenger car on this road. You would probably make it but it is becoming deeply rutted and potholed in places. Would hate to see someone crack their oilpan. Anyway, there were still large snow patches in the north gullies of the local mountains, nice to see this late in the season. Some waterfalls still running.
Posted Jul 21, 2008 6:37 pm

awilsondcRoute Climbed: North Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2008

awilsondc

Initially my group and I had set out to summit Little Baldy. However, as we approached the trailhead, snow blocked the last half a mile of the road so we had to park on the side and hike the rest. There was more snow than usual for June, and once we saw the trail along the west flanks of the north ridge of Bluff Mt covered in snow we opted to head up Bluff's north ridge instead of traversing the 30 some degree snow covering the trail. I was glad we did. The rocks made for some really fun scrambling and we decided to make Bluff our summit for the day instead of Baldy. The snow made for a quick and fun glissade decent. All in all I was overly impressed with this trail and the views along it, and aside from wet feet, I didn't mind the snow that much. Good times.
Posted Jun 15, 2008 8:06 pm

mountain medicRoute climbed: North Ridge, July 1998  Sucess!

mountain medic

Two buddies of mine and I scrambled up the North Ridge in conjunction with Little Baldy and Silver Star. Was a fun scramble with excellent views of the upper Washougal River drainage and down into the Copper Creek drainage. The bushwack was so nasty to the saddle with Little Baldy that we ended up opting to slide down snow on a steeper section closer to the bluffs. Ended up getting into the devils club instead!
Posted Dec 31, 2006 4:21 pm

cmc56789Route Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: September 20, 2005  Sucess!

cmc56789

I did the route mentioned on this page, and then Little Baldy. Pretty fun scramble on the rocky upper ridge. The way down to the saddle between Bluff Mountain and Little Baldy is certainly worthy of the title "bushwack". Lots of vegetation! I didn't see another soul the whole time
Posted Sep 21, 2005 3:14 am

Don NelsenRoute Climbed: Chinook trail approach from road 41 Date Climbed: Sept. 1st., 2005  Sucess!

Don Nelsen

Fantastic day for a long trail run/hike and I bagged both Little Baldy and Bluff Mt. in the process. After descending to the saddle between Bluff and Little Baldy, I found I had forgotten my extra film so stashed my gear and ran the 6.6 miles round trip back to the trailhead to get it. Well, as I usually say: "I can always use a few extra miles!"



On the way I noticed a guy atop the bluffs descending toward the NNE. I was surprised that I didn't see him on top and I wondered how we missed seeing each other. I continued to the car, got the film and met him on the way back. We talked for awhile and he said he had been up there for five hours tracking a black bear he had shot earlier in the day. - and here I had been, bushwhacking around on top of that peak, wearing clothing that more-or-less blended in and a guy with a high powered rifle wandering through the woods!



Well, what did I know about bear season! One more thing to keep in mind!



Total for the day: 16.4 miles and 5,400 vertical feet. I slept well that night, but thought about that poor bear - and the possibility of my sudden, unexpected demise.
Posted Sep 7, 2005 11:27 pm

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