From the start of the trail, it is a pretty steady firm up hill push.
At about half way there is a choice of going up some pretty steep rock along a ridge, or go around the side (to the right). I ended up going around, which had some scree, but it seemed to be less exposed. Shortly after where the paths unite, there is a bench. After the bench, there is some exposed scrambling, which is followed by a fairly steep grade to the top. Once atop it was following the ridge for a minute or two.
When I did this in May, there was some snow at the bottom with about 20 inches at the top. On the upper portions some of the rocks were ice covered which was covered by snow.
NOTE: This trail was formerly rated as moderate, we've changed it to difficult based on user reviews / questions, and, route finding.
From highway #1, 13 km south on highway 40. there is a small stream with some space along the roadside for a few cars. The trail head is immediately visible from the parking location.
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Posted By: renoclaf
- Fri Oct 09 22:30:44 UTC 2015
UpsideVery beautiful spot with great views of lake barrier. DownsideWe started with head lamps at 7am Oct 9 it was still pitch black. We drove back and forth trying find the trail head and started the hike at about 6200 feet we looked over the ridge and saw a great view of mount baldy we were on the wrong summit. DO NOT START AT THE STREAM WITH THE WELL AND BENCH WROMG START POINT. And it was a very difficult climb CommentWe well be attempting this again soon
Posted By: SamMisner
- Sun Jul 19 20:00:50 UTC 2015
Upsidebeautiful views, diverse and interesting scramble Downsideexposed in areas, some route finding required CommentI completed this scramble in June 2015 and definitely consider it a solidly moderate scramble. The distance is not much but it is steep and some route finding is required. Some sections are quite exposed, adding to the thrill, or discomfort, depending on your preferences. I would recommend speaking with other hikers on the trail in order to be sure you stay on route when doing this for the first time. Views are definitely worth the effort!
Posted By: bernienewberry
- Wed Oct 30 02:24:33 UTC 2013
I'm an experienced hiker with a little scrambling experience and was told and read that this was an easy to moderate scramble. However when we got about 1km in we got to the top of a large rock outcrop that quickly descends to a sort of narrow saddle with lots of exposure on either side. Then on the other side of the saddle, which is maybe only 25 m across the terrain climbs pretty quickly and doesn't look to have a lot of holds and is very exposed as well. My question is, did I take a wrong turn and end up on a much more difficult scramble then had been described to me or is that what people are calling an "easy" scramble?
The other thing that has been perplexing me that maybe some one could help illuminate is that in this description, the crux looks like it's before the section that had us turning around (http://www.angelfire.com/mt/rockysummits/Baldy.html)?. I also found the crux described somewhere online as a short (2m) bit with some exposure. So there are different accounts out there and I'm searching for some clarity. I guess I am just hoping some one would be so gracious as to give me some more info about the route as I would really like to do it I just want to make sure I'm going the way that's being described in the descriptions I've found.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Posted By: ChrisMarry
- Tue Oct 15 01:22:57 UTC 2013
Upside2 ways to go, hike or scramble! Scramble road is easy with 2 portions that would be rated as moderate, so much fun to do! Views are superb, it is very accessible and trail are easy to find, both are. DownsideNone? Lots of people would be the only thing. CommentI really enjoyed that short scramble after a big day on The Fortress yesterday. It's short, you get the opportunity to scramble with some hands on from the beginning almost, such is great. You just want to hike, stay on the right side of the ridge all the way and you're good to go. Paths meet at the last portion of the ridge, another fun part, easy scramble with very few scree and lots of great rocks to have fun.
Net elevation gain is 701 m, TOT 712 m and max 2126 m.
Posted By: DLL
- Sun Sep 23 20:24:58 UTC 2012
UpsideGreat View DownsideModerate my eye CommentNice climb, awesome views, but not in my opinion a moderate climb. I'm not a elite climber but I'm not clueless either. Sept 2012