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awilsondcRoute Climbed: Chinook Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2012

awilsondc

Nice little hike, and it wasn't too overgrown when I went. I loved the wooded section. Nice change of pace and actually a beautiful patch of trees without much underbrush. The summit was great with nice views of the 4 major cascade volcanoes.
Posted Jul 14, 2012 11:30 pm

TyCBluff Mountain TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2011

TyC

On the I used map it says the trail is "Bluff Mountain Trail" that I started at and I am sure it is the same everyone called "chinook trail". Chinook trail is off of Tarbell.

http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/w/images/2/28/SilverStarTrailNetwork.JPG

Anyways the trail is very over grown in several spots with flowers, trees, berries, and a few slides have left several spots covered in rocks or partially wiped out. Summit of Little Baldy was great, but on the way back tried to get over to Bluff was a little tricky so I decided I will plan it out and come back soon. Great day and great weather!
Posted Aug 2, 2011 2:58 am

YEMTraverse from the Chinook Trail  Sucess!

YEM

We climbed Lil Baldy up the north and down the south after Silver Star. A worthy side trip along with the Indian Pit Ridge.
Posted Aug 22, 2007 2:56 am

Brian JenkinsOvergrown Mess  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2007

Brian Jenkins

What I thought would be a nice day was just an overcast, cloudy chilly one and the trail was quite overgrown. Worked my way along the old road part to the end and then down into the plant-choked trail. The trail beneath Bluff Mountain's cliffs is neat but salmonberry and some other thorny thing made it tiresome. Found the side trail to the summit from the wooded saddle. Up to the summit with no problems. Was going for Bluff on the return as it looked like open slopes to the right of the ridge but it turned out to be chest-high berry bushes and brambles. I was near the top but got sick of fighting through the shrubs. I had to get back to Portland in 3 hours and I had no idea how much longer it was going to take me to tunnel through the thickets so I turned back. I just barreled through most of the mess going back down, headed right too soon and it got way steep so more fighting back the other way. I tore my shins to shreds on the mess. Finally made it back to the trail and then ran most of the way back.

I did make it back to Portland in time for my appointment and decided I would go back to tag Bluff later in the season when the undergrowth dies away, possibly as a snowshoe.
Posted Jul 30, 2007 1:19 am

BSPclimberChinook Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2007

BSPclimber

With my son. Great views, totally clear skies. Started at 5:45 pm, summit at 7:15, started back down at 7:25, to the car at 8:55. Stopped for many pictures on the way back. Very warm day, especially when out of the wind. Winds of 30-40 mph on the summit, the rock pit was convienent, I see why it was built. Was planning on tagging Bluff on the way back, but ran out of time. Will be back to do a traverse from this trailhead down to the Silver Star trailhead,tagging Bluff, Baldy and Silver Star.
Posted May 30, 2007 5:10 pm

mountain medicRoute Climbed: SE Ridge Date Climbed: July, 1998  Sucess!

mountain medic

I hiked to the top with two of my buddies way back when. The pit on the summit was a great spot for a break, and the view was incredible, like it is from most summits in the Silver Star/ Lookout Mt area. Hopefully I'll get to return home someday! A highly recommended side trip.
Posted Nov 11, 2005 2:43 pm

Don NelsenRoute Climbed: Chinook Trail from the east, then bushwhack Date Climbed: Sept 1, 2005  Sucess!

Don Nelsen

Little Baldy is prominently visible from east Portland locations and its symetry and barren appearance is striking. Finally got up there to take a closer look on this super nice and warm late summer day.
Posted Sep 23, 2005 12:46 pm

cmc56789Route Climbed: Via Chinook Trail Date Climbed: September 20, 2005  Sucess!

cmc56789

After a bushwack down from Bluff Mountain, I followed the Chinook Trail to the junction with the old trail(I like the "petite cairn" marking the junction), and followed it to the slopes of Little Baldy. Pretty easy scramble to the top. I was surprised to find an excellent wind shelter on the summit. It made for a great place to enjoy a refrehing beverage. Very fun peak and very close to Portland. Nice view form Jefferson to Rainier.
Posted Sep 21, 2005 3:21 am

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