Climbed via Kirkham Route in American Fork Canyon. Tons of snow this year made for a fun adventure with crampons and ax!
Up from Red Pine TH; followed west ridge to summit, then descended north face - not recommended (the descent) - the boulder hopping stopped being fun an hour or two before it actually stopped...great ridgeline action, though. :)
Ascended via White Pine Lake and descended via Red Pine Lake. Great way to break up the hike. The scrambling on both ridges was about equal in difficulty.
From White Pine - 07/12/15
bit the bullet and bagged this Baldy - solo via Red Pine Lakes. Just under 8 hour beautiful day, and had a nice glissade too.
Started at the Dry Creek Trailhead in Alpine. Total mileage was 15.9 miles with 6,500' elevation gain. Once past the meadow at the saddle, between it and Box Elder (where the trail comes up AF Canyon from Granite Flat Campground/Tibble Fork) I missed the ridge to the north, because the trail continued into the basin on the east flank. Hit the ridge that overlooks Silver Lake and had to gain that ridge to get back to the main ridge. Don't make that mistake. It will add about 3/4 mile and some tough scrambling. Was so grateful to have my dog with me, as the down climbing can be a little misleading. There are a few chutes that end in cliffs, and he would stand at the top and whimper, letting me know I was going the wrong way. He did this on 4 different occasions and I was able to find the path which we ascended. It was a great day.
West ridge with my GF and friend. A little chausy but good
Some fun and exposed scrambling! If you stay directly on the ridge it's class 4 but class 3 if you decide to go lower. I took the fun class 4 way! Views were great from the top! Also climbed the Western summit. Then I proceeded to climb down to Red Pine Lake. Went straight down the North Face. Super steep and loose. Would've been easier to just go down the ridge, but oh well.
Scrambled the N Ridge from Red Pine; descended the NE Face and down White Pine for a long, sun-drenched day. I had also done this one in the winter about 15 years ago. Fun stuff!!!
I did this as part of the Bullion Divide (Hidden Peak to White Baldy). The route up this peak from the East (coming from Red Baldy) was a long, sustained scramble. White Pine lake below was really impressive. We descended down to White Pine lake and it was rough going through what seemed like endless boulders and steep terrain. The peak looks really impressive.
Did as part of the Bullion Divide (took Snowbird Tram up to Hidden peak, then scrambled over AF Twin Peaks, Red Top, Red Baldy, & White Baldy, then descended down White Pine). This last part of the Bullion Divide had the most sustained scrambling, and overall this peak was a beast. We went straight over the east ridge between the lower east summit and the main summit, then decided to try an easier way back by looping around and losing some elevation in the tree/shrub maze to the south, which probably ended up being more tiring. We then cut across the north face and descended the steep, loose scree/talus slope to get down to White Pine Lake. From there we had some route-finding issues getting back to the White Pine trail/road (assumed a trail would lead to the lake, but there wasn't one), so didn't get back to the cars until it was getting dark. See "Good As Gold" trip report for details.
Great Trip with good friends.
Had planned on tagging Pf.horn and continuing on the Lightning ridge towards Chipman, S. Thunder, et al, but the rain-slick granite was giving my "morphoshambolic" shoes (read: La Sportiva Quantums) serious trouble so I turned back.
However, the drying conditions gave me pause, and I decided to give White Baldy a try from the west ridge.
Easily one of the funnest scrambles available to humanity in the Wasatch. Just the athletic, aerobic, cruiser scramble I had been looking for.
From Pfeifferhorn, great times on the ridge
Blue bird day, summited at 7am.
I chose the Red Pine trail for this trip. My friend was feeling ill so she decided to wait at Upper Red Pine Lake for me. I scaled the ridge that links White Baldy to the Horn and made it to the summit in a little over an hour. That ridge was a lot of fun! I spend a good while on top and came straight down the face. I would highly recommend this descent option. It was a lot of fun class 3 downclimbing and glissading on patches of snow. Get a DQ blizzard after you go to solidify your awesomeness.
Red-white-red-white with WMC. Started Red Pine, climbed the North Face direct to the summit on the snowfield (crampons / ice axe req'd). Descended along the ridge and bagged Red Baldy, then descended via White Pine.
On Bullion Divide traverse. Both the east and north ridges had some fun 3rd class (and harder if you wanted it).
This one is a beast from every trail and direction. I have nearly hit the summit from several and reached it along the ridge from Pfeifferhorn. That ridge is a great time, but I'd try this peak in winter to avoid the hours of sweaty bouldering.
We started at White Pine trail and I loved that trail. From the lake the rocks were, um, tiring. It took awhile to get to the top and I was so happy to finally make it. We enjoyed the view for way too long and suddenly realized we were looking at the most amazing sunset. Sunset? Crap! After a rush down to Red Pine lake before total dark, we were lucky to borrow a flashlight and make it home with no falls. New rule for me, bring a light.
We ran and hiked up White Pine trail to just above the lake and then left the trail as soon as we saw the lake and headed up for the ridge. It only took us 90 minutes to get to the lake, but the scramble from there to the summit took us nearly 2 1/2 hours due to some bad lines on the way up. I think we stayed on the North side of the ridge too long and got stuck on very slow terrain with lots of exposure sections.
We didn't realize we were out of light for some reason and ended up going down Red Pine and made it through the massive boulder fields in just over an hour down to Upper Red Pine lake just as it got dark. Luckily we were able to borrow a flashlight from some guys that were camping---saved our lives. The trek down in the dark would've been precarious. Happy to be back in one piece. Had a great time!