Trail in from the north.
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.
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.
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!
We climbed Lil Baldy up the north and down the south after Silver Star. A worthy side trip along with the Indian Pit Ridge.
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.
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.
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.
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.