Nice weather, made for a pleasant extension to the "M."
Bagged Hardscrabble, Sacagawea, Naya Nuki, Saddle and Baldy in a partial Bridger Traverse.
During the Bridger Ridge Run... Painful but worth it.
Fun hike. Started late in the afternoon. Rode bike to M Trailhead and headed up. Got back just as dark was falling.
A sweet point to point from Bridger Bowl to the M. Awesome hike and sweet views.
On my way home from town, decided to climb this at 3:45pm. 2 1/4 hours up, 1hr 23min down.
Climbed on a muggy spring day with weather forming over Gallatin Valley all day long. Still lots of snow on the east side of the ridge. After summiting, reached the treeline just as the first thunder started to roll in. Fortunately the bulk of the storm moved north and we only got a little rain. Great day.
See photos I posted contrasting true summit with false summit. I had turned around at false summit the year before thinking I was already on the true summit.
From "M" trailhead took Bridger Foothills trail to junction with Sypes canyon and then up to the top from there. Came down the main ridge trail creating a loop with very little backtracking, want to try doing it the other direction. Snowshoes were needed as several feet of unconsolidated snow covered the trails.
Set out in the mid afternoon intending to run to the M. Couldn't stop and ended up following the ridge trail all the way up onto Baldy.
This is the last uphill climb on the Ridge Run, followed by 5 miles of knee-pounding, high speed descent. Baldy gives excellent views of the valley and surrounding ranges.
I didn't reach the summit of Baldy, started way to late (12:00). Plus my dad was having trouble with his legs. I will try to summit and bring back more information after Spring Break.