As a warm up en route to Timp Everest Ridge with Sam & Greg. Glad that was the plan!
up Dry Canyon to Big Baldy Pass, broke trail to peak, down southwest ridge. Snowshoes necessary for much of hike. w/Akiko.
Got an early and cold start up Dry Canyon. Made quick time up the beautiful canyon. We got awesome views of Timp and Utah lake from the top with clouds adding a unique flavor to Timp. It was a fun hike!
Came up Dry Canyon. Beautiful day! Some snow on the traverse at the trail junction, but it no big deal. Loved it!
Via Dry Canyon and SW Ridge. Made a point to nab this one on the way up to Timp via the Everest Ridge. Great trail up and over Big Baldy, steep and enjoyable hike.
Headed up a SW Ridge today with a pack weighing nearly 60 lbs. Wanted a good test to see how I handled the elevation gain under load. Made it up in 2:39:42. Shed some weight and came back down the normal Dry Canyon trail. Wasn't going to go back down the punishing SW Ridge. Ended my trip at just barely over 4 hours.
Went up with 3 friends via Battle Creek, really scenic lower trail what with all the waterfalls and such. Trail becomes less interesting up higher, took a right at the junction, up to the saddle, right from there up the steep ridge to the peak itself. Giant cairn at the summit, which actually has some pretty great views. The most eventful part of the trip, however, was when, on the way down, I saved us from nearly running headlong into a rattlesnake--right next to the trail no less! Quite an adventure, would recommend this peak!
Fun to do on my birthday.
Hiked up the SW ridge which was pretty steep but had a trail all the way to the top. It was mostly dry due to it's southern exposure. I returned via the north side which wasn't so steep, but had a little snow; as much as 2 feet in some spots.
Did this one with my son Lance looking for the southwest ridge route we had heard about. After a tough bushwack up the west side, we took the trail down via the saddle. We saw a baby horned toad near the summit and heard & saw elk below the west side.
I was a little out of hiking shape, but luckily had done enough incline work on the treadmill to a gut out a personal record time to the summit. I love this hike as a great workout to prepare for longer hikes (and as a fun peak in its own right).
Went up the south west ridge. I saw two big horn sheep about 2/3rds up the ridge. Lots of snow above 8,000 feet, so I was glad I brought my gaiters with me. Wet boots/socks coming down the mountain are no fun!
So I hike this mountain a lot. It's close to my home, I can do it rather quickly, and it's a decent workout. A couple of times, I've seen bighorn sheep in Dry Canyon, which is very cool to see this close to town.
This trip was interesting, because mine was the only car in the lot. I was literally the only one hiking the mountain at that time of day. As I approached the final quarter mile or so up the back side of Baldy, I saw something near the summit. Having been to the summit many times, I knew it wasn't something that was normally there, but it wasn't moving at all, so I didn't think it was alive. Keeping my eyes down at the ground in front of me, I trudged onward through the snow.
When I looked up again I saw a large bighorn sheep standing on the summit about 200 yards above me. It was an impressive ram, with a full set of horns. It probably weighed 300 pounds! It saw me, and immediately began trotting toward me. I put my hands in the air and yelled at it as it approached, but it was undeterred. Suddenly, it broke into a full gallup down the trail toward me! I jumped into a pine tree and started climbing, and just before it reached me, it swerved off to the side of the trail and ran down the side of the mountain. I later learned that the bighorn sheep "rut" lasts from late November to mid-December, and that during this time rams will act with both aggression and fearlessness.
Anyway, that was kind of a fun encounter on what was otherwise a routine trip up Baldy! They always tell you what to do when bears or cougars attack--what about...er...sheep??? I pictured myself using my jacket in some sort of bullfighting maneuver, ha ha. Ole!
The sky was overcast, and there was a slight drizzle for most of the hike, which felt great. I was able to beat my last summit time by 15 minutes, and then enjoyed the roller-coaster jog down the trail.
This is a great trail for solo hikers--not a lot of dangerous scenarios, and no real case in which you should get lost, with trails leading out of both canyons on either side of Baldy.
This was my second attempt at this mountain, the first one was a fail. I attempted to go up the southwest ridge of the mountain and was worn out by how steep it was and turned back. The way back was even more sketchy and steep. I returned with the objective to tackle the southwest ridge and summit. I did exactly that! I returned via the east ridge of the mountain and back down Dry Canyon. This was much more scenic and made for a great loop. The views from the top are outstanding. You feel like you can reach out and touch Timp. I would recommend that you do this as a loop, going up the southwest ridge and descending the east ridge to Dry Canyon. If really steep is not your thing then taking Dry Canyon to the Pass and up the east ridge is your best bet.
Left TH at 7:00, still dark. Watched the sun slowly light up Utah valley as I climbed up Dry Canyon. Trail was a little tough to pick up in the snow, but followable up to the Little Baldy trail intersection. From there to the saddle that connects Big Baldy to Timp is was a little rough, snow got really deep. Snow shoes helped, but still ended up sunk to my chest in snow every few steps. Got to the top around 10:30 and bushwacked it down just north east of the ridge trail that comes off the summit. Good times. Definitely one to do at least once in the snow.
Left trail head at 6:10 am. Went up the dry creek trail to the saddle then up the ridge to the summit. Made summit at about 8:30. Had the summit to myself for about twenty minutes. I then went down to the flagpole on the lower summit and descended the south west ridge. I would never do that again. The trail is steep and much of it is loose. It really hammered my legs. I would do the hike in the reverse direction. Made it back to the trail head at 11:00. Nice half day hike. Great views in all directions from the summit.
This hike was not too bad getting to the top. Steep but doable. We then made our way over to the true summit through way too much snow. Then we began the arduous trek down the back side. My feet were freezing, and so was I! Post-holing is not my friend! The next hike should involve either snowshoes or no snow.
Oh, and I forgot we saw bighorn sheep! That made the whole trip worth it.
Went up with Brita around 11am. The way up the southeast ridge was steep (as usual) and dry---no snow. I saw my first Rocky Mountain Bighorn's that I've ever seen in the Wasatch Range after 25 years of spending time in the mountains. Not only that, they were a mere 15 FEET AWAY! We stopped and they didn't move until we moved in for a closer picture. The first (south) summit was easy but it was a pain to get to the true summit without snowshoes due to the soft snow. The whole way to the summit and then down to the Saddle between Timp and down Dry Canyon was a disaster with no snowshoes. We post-holed the whole way and it took forever. Tough trip back but the way up was awesome.
My wife and I hiked up Dry Canyon to the Timp/Baldy saddle then westward to Baldy. There was actually a fair amount of snow on the upper third of the mountain --- the way this winter has been, we weren't expecting it to be so bad. We didn't bring snowshoes so we had a rough go of it for a while. Nevertheless, we made the peak and then headed down the SW ridge back to Dry Canyon. The snow was deep enough on most of the SW ridge to do kind of a plunge step.