The trail is easy to follow the whole way. Mosquitos were only bad near the bottom. Great views of Thielsen and many other distant mountains. Optional, you can drive a very rough road to cut a couple miles off your hike.
Here is a video showing the journey to summit with no BS:
Very beautiful hike!! Great views from the top!!
8/23/02 Solo from upper road.
5/24/15 With Sue, snow climb from lower road. Traversed ridge and snow-bushwhacked back to trail through the forest.
Partial ski descent of the ridge. Too icy to hit up Avalanche bowl.
Hot, but beautiful, hike. Views were spectacular. I was surrounded by a cloud of huge flies at the summit, however.
Climbed with coltonpalmer. Had a wonderful day of climbing and spent two nights in the hotel at the base of Hemlock Butte.
Sunny, clear day, awesome views, great company. Snow all the way from Hemlock Cabin to the summit, a little icy in some areas closer to the summit. Couldn't ask for better weather in January.
Warm up hike before doing North Sister. Trip Report.
Great mountain to start on. Well marked and maintained.
Road 4795 is not plowed from the south end of Diamond Lake, so expect a long day with snow. The ridge was a little spicier than expected with some exposed traversing on firm snow to climber's left. 10.5 hours RT from Diamond Lake. I can't believe they get snowmobiles up that peak!
Headed up Bailey via the Mount Bailey trail, looked like little to no snow at the top, so I left my snow gear behind. Once I crested the ridge, though (right before the rock window), the trail curved to the right and hugged the north face of the mountain for about a quarter mile. There was about a foot of snow hiding back there and because it was about 10am, it was still frozen completely solid, too hard to even kick-step without crampons. Had to sit and wait for it to thaw a bit, then kick-stepped my way up the slope and summited. Really beautiful view of the forest and Diamond Lake ringed by some really striking peaks.
With Joe Brett from Syracuse, NY. A mild but entertaining adventure with big views once you get out of the timber. Only negative memory is that of the honey in my pack having made a terrible mess when I went to make a sandwich once at the summit.
Great day for a hike but views were extremely limited due to smoke from various wildfires.
Long snow shoe in, short ski down. Slept hard at the end of the day.
Made for a nice day. Did it after Thielsen, making it out just before dark. Mosquitos were fierce, opening the car door for just a second let about 15 in that I had to kill before getting going.
Snowshoed up from the snowpark at Hwy 230 (access roads still snowed in). Enjoyed the views from the top!
I hightailed it up Bailey as the first of many peaks to be climbed in just over a days time.
My TR: http://www.summitpost.org/6-summits-32-hours/700751
Hiked up w/ Mai-Anh. Left from 2wd TH. Last section just before the summit was fun. Later in the day hiked down to Crater Lake for a swim and jogged up Mt Scott.
A fun snow climb with DB. Bagged Hemlock Butte on the way out.
I climbed Bailey with my friends from the Forest Service while I was working at the Umpqua National Forest. This is a fun day hike that maintains a moderate grade the whole way up. If you go off trail a bit you can check out the ski cabin. Still a bit of snow at the top, even in late July. Great views of Thielsen and Diamond Lake.