This trail is steep! One of, if not the steepest trail I've hiked. There was snow in the gully, but no "snow wall" to be seen, just some class 3 rock. Really fun scrambling from the gully to the summit. It took just under 3 hours for the way up (2 stops at streams to refill my water, 1 for a snack), and just under 2 for the way down. My quads were not happy with the steep descent and my trekking poles were heavily relied upon. Great views from the summit though, well worth it! :)
Nice steep climb Mailbox type incline but with much better scenery and the reward at the top, priceless. I encountered two BASE jumpers along my hike. They put down in the marshy area just East of Barclay Lake.
Went up with crampons and ice axe; I used crampons because I am still new at the snow climbing thing. A couple other guys made it without crampons, but with axes. What is left of the "snow wall" is easily climbed. Berries are still green. The mud is only at the bottom of the first part, and is soon behind you.
Redwic pretty much said it all. The steep mud in the trees below the ridge was not much fun but the rest of the route was. I'm so happy, I stood on top of Baring today!
After doing Desolation Peak as a *very long* day-trip the previous day, Gimpilator and I got back home by midnight but decided we had enough energy and enthusiasm to do another peak the following day. Due to our lateness, and with no time to gather other partners or join other trips, we agreed to attempt Mount Baring... a high priority peak for each of us and one which we recently heard had favorable snow conditions. The steep (and sometimes muddy) forested ascent/descent was not fun, but the ridge walk was enjoyable and the snow ascent (and glissade) closer to the peak was awesome. No crampons were needed but an ice axe was essential. The snow conditions were perfect for us. We were the only two people who made the summit that day, and clouds moved in shortly after we made the summit (preventing at least two other people from making it to the summit, due to a possible approaching storm system and potentially bad visibility). Everything worked well for our trek, and for our entire weekend for that matter.
This completed two great peaks in one weekend with approximately 10,000' total elevation gain. Woohoo!
Snowshoed up most of the route, summit was all ice and no views at all...all day. http://www.willhiteweb.com/washington_climbing/mount_baring/index_area_041.htm
I actually expected this to be more difficult than it was. The trail is marked very, very well in orange, pink, and yellow surveyor's tape, as well as red and silver mylar. Finding the route was no issue- it's obviously climbed relatively often. Don't get me wrong, this trail is STEEP, except for the 3/4 of a mile along the ridge line.
I missed out on the views though- the fog never truly lifted at all. I had a couple hundred visibility at best, and next to zero on the way down.
70 minutes to the top of the ridge, 50 minutes to the talus basin, 25 minutes to the saddle, and 20 more to the summit, for a total of 2 hours and 45 minutes up. Descent took 2 hours and 5 minutes, and was made all the more fun by the fog and yesterday's rain. Good times!
We started up on avalanche snow about 100m before the normal route. Some snow before the ridge, and about 50% of the ridge walk was on snow. After dropping right (south) of the ridge, the rest of the way was on snow. The snow wall after the col was about 60 deg. Here's our route.
Nice climb, pretty snowy at the top, but a lot of fun. Solo.
This climb kicked my trash. Factoring in all the getting lost, over-zealous route finding, waffling, and a seventy foot wall of slush we had to scale out of the notch (yikes!) this climb took 11 hours. The view was amazing and the weather was beautiful. Great climb.
Fun scramble with the Seattle Mountaineers.
After the tough parts, we turned around at the big talus field because there was just enough snow to make it really trecherous -- covering the holes but not filling them!
Snow free until basin. Ice Axe a plus. Little to no snow above notch at 5600'. Couldn't find a summit register. Great veiws.
A great scramble and a knee burner. There was snow in the gully and most of the way to the summit after the notch. We waited until later in the afternoon and the snow was perfect for kicking steps up and boot sking on the way down. We only had hiking poles and thats all we needed.
Early season made the trip up to the ridge painless,no bushwhack. Great scramble. 2 down 3 to go.
Left the Barclay Lake TH at 8am under clear, sunny, and slightly chilly September morning. Gained the ridge crest in one hour (man was this steep!) and at the edge of the talus basin in another 45 minutes. Gained the saddle between north and south peaks 30 minutes later and was standing on the summit 15 minutes later. Total ascent time of 2 hrs and 30 minutes. Whew!! That was tough.....only 3 miles one way but over 3900 vertical feet elevation gain.
Descent was tough. It took only 2 hours but I must have slipped 20-30 times through the steep (I mean steep) gullys. Even twisted my ankle couple of times.
Overall, a good workout and great views of Merchant, Gunn, Index and the high volcanoes (Glacier Peak, Rainier, and Baker)
A lot of sub-alpine scrambling early, but well worth it.
Have climbed it several times under varying conditions
Snow in the gully can be very dangerous when iced
up. Great views.
Took advantage of the very sunny February to get this one in. Great summit with awesome views. Hit is early season when the gulley up to the saddle has plenty of snow/ice and you don't have to mess with the talus. Be wary after a recent storm as the two steep sections in the trees can be very very muddy and slick.
Pleasant root pulling and Devils Club encounters below the ridge led us to a trail tour and snow stroll above. Enter the thicket.
With David and Steve. Started up at 10 am up the steep "trail" to the ridge. Easy to get off route on this one. Made the ridge and scurried down to the boulder basin. Very neat area. Hit snow in earnest here. Heavy, wet, sloshy snow. Went up the gully without any gear, the angle is maybe 30 degrees at most in snow (at least it was this time). Once in the notch though, we donned crampons and axes and made our way to the summit through rocks, trees, dirt, bushes and snow. The weather turned out to be nice all day but it took us almost the whole 9 hours the one guide book says to do this climb. The steepness of getting up to that ridge really slows things down.
So, we spent time trundling giant snowballs down the gully and throwing snowballs at each other and of course we got stuck on the descent in the dark. :- ) Made for some interesting moments when we got off the trail too. But we made it back fine and had a fun day. The two guidebooks list this as either a 6 hour climb or a 9 hour climb. Plan for closer to 9 and start earlier in the day that we did. But it's a fun one.