|2016-12-04||Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2016-12-04, By: Hoot
Info: Gate was closed at Winter TH (pavement's end). There were a few knee-high drifts, but snowshoes were not required. We pretty much took a direct line between the Iowa Mill and the radio towers both up and down. Some skiers and boarders enjoyed nice powder runs along this section.
|2016-11-26||Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-26, By: etmccue
Info: Able to drive a Subaru wagon on 1-4" of soft snow up to the switchback on the shoulder below the weather station at 12,000'. Hiked a mix of rock, dirt, wind slab, and maximum 6" wind drifts to the peak without any issue. Trail can be difficult to follow exactly with pockets of wind drifted snow but alternate routes are easy to figure out. No skiing possible at any elevation unless core shots and the possibility of rag dolling down shallow covered scree are a viable options for you.
|2016-10-24||Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-24, By: madadraw1
Info: Almost completely free of snow.
|2016-09-30||Route: Southwest Couloirs
Posted On: 2016-10-02, By: JasonKline
Info: Clear of snow.
|2016-07-23||Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2016-07-23, By: jasayrevt
Info: Clear & very nice enjoyable trip with reaching summit. Great, beautiful 13er mountain. This quality route is definitely nifty & lightly traveled. Prime summer conditions up high for navigating slopes & ridge line well. Trail runners & light pack were good. Travel safely / swiftly in the hills folks. Pictures included as beta
|2016-02-09||Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2016-02-09, By: C-Shepguy
Info: Typical packed super highway to the Iowa Mill. Slightly less super, slightly more post-holey highway to around treeline. Then not much of a trail beyond. We used snowshoes from treeline up to the start of the real ridge (recommended), then just boots to the summit and all the way back down. Post holed quite a bit approaching treeline without our snowshoes on while descending. The whole ridge is windblown, with patches of some nice hard snow and a few soft areas. Micro spikes would be helpful up there for some portions, though we made it without using ours.
|2015-11-29||Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2015-11-30, By: sdkeil
Info: The route started at the winter closure and started on packed snow. No flotation was needed until we reached the Iowa Mill (about 1 mile in). At this point you could either stay on the road, which switch backs up the side of the mountain or you can take a direct route straight up to the ridge. The direct route was fairly well packed by skiers and snowshoers so we opted for this route. We also chose to put snowshoes on here. We stashed our snowshoes at around 12,200 near a small sub-summit that spurs off the main ridge to the west. The route from here was mostly ankle deep snow with some pockets of deeper snow. The summer trail was visible in some sections, however we mostly stayed ridge proper. This led us to a small section of snowy class 3, although some of this could have been avoided by bypassing it to the climbers right. With the use of the direct route, our trip milage was about 7.5 miles and the gain was ~3,100 feet. Overall the conditions felt very wintery and it definitely was a good warm-up for the upcoming winter climbing season.
|2015-06-18||Route: Northeast Couloirs
Posted On: 2015-06-19, By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Bald‘s NE couloirs are still in from the top! Photos taken from Mt. Guyot.
|2013-01-07||Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2013-01-09, By: powhound
Info: Snowshoes very helpful from just past the Iowa Mill...until the "nipple". I was breaking through to my knees even when following the snowmobile and skin tracks. Kept the snowshoes on past the nipple...all the way to the windblown ridge line... just because the heel lifts on the shoes made a direct line easier. Stashed the snowshoes and switched to microspikes which were nice to have on the harder snow patches along the ridge.
|2012-05-22||Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2012-05-22, By: TravelingMatt
Info: I did Boreas today, not Bald, so this is a visual report. The south ridge of Bald has more snow than views from the west (Breck, Boreas Pass) may imply. Maybe 70-80% can be avoided but not all of it looks like it can be. I‘d give it another week or so before a direct, dry route melts out. Also see my report for Boreas.
|2012-04-10||Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2012-04-10, By: Wyoming Bob
Info: Dry paved road to start of USFS road; USFS road has snow here and there but 4wd passable (with sliding and lack of skill consequences) to 1/4 mile shy of Iowa Mill; fried sun cups on supportive snow to ridge/sky line; dry hike with avoidable neve here and there to summit; no need for crampons or axe if one stays prudent distance back from upper snowfield lips if crossing neve. link Trip narrative for anyone interested.