Sunday, March 29, 2015

Baldy Mountain, Chelan Range

Dabbling in the southern portion of the Chelan Mountains provided a good mountain fix in a mostly-melted-out area that I'm keen to get back to later in the year (though further north up the Entiat River Rd).

We parked at the bottom of Potato Creek Road, ran up to 3700', went cross country up an easy ridge to meet the Mud Creek Rd at 5000', followed it to the SE base of Baldy, went up to the summit, postholed in deep snow on the north ridge, then got blasted by very strong winds as we headed out toward Stormy Mountain; turned around as the snow was too unconsolidated and ran the Mud Creek and Potato Creek roads all the way back down.

Thanks to fellow Pearl Izumi ambassador Kevin Douglas for joining. 

Potato Creek Rd

Starting the cross country climb
Upper half of the XC climb; nice and easy
Former fauna
Looking up at Baldy Mountain
Baldy Spring
Taking a break from the wind below Baldy summit
Headed to Baldy Mountain summit
Chelan Sawtooth range, Stormy Mountain, Four Mile Ridge, Klone Peak, Kelly Mountain, Tyee Ridge, Chiwaukum and Stuart ranges way back there
Descending north ridge of Baldy
A little deep..
Central Entiat range: Garland Peak, Devil's Smokestack, Fifth of July Mountain?
"Yeah, that wind is COLD"
Chiwaukum Range, Cashmere Mountain, Mt. Stuart, Enchantment Peaks
Eeek. Stay hibernating...

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