show most of the route above tree line. The route follows the 4WD road that starts at the end of the paved Baldy road and goes all the way up to the crest of Baldy's north ridge.
From the trailhead, walk 0.7 mile up the dirt road to a small parking area on the right. Stay on the road and continue up to reach the Iowa Mill, at 11,234'. Turn left and continue up the road as it switchbacks up the gentle slope, below the north ridge. Near 11,700', the road takes a sharp left and begins the last stretch to the ridge. Continue up the road to reach the north end of the the north ridge - near 12,200'. Turn right (south) and hike up to the radio towers, near 12,580'.
After the radio towers, follow the narrow road south ( 3
) until it turns into a trail, near a 12,900-foot point - 4
. Beyond the 12,900-foot point, cross a brief flat section - 5
. The remaining hike is up-and-down on or near the ridge crest. 6
was taken at 13,100' and shows the remaining route to the summit. Near 13,300', climb a rough section on the right side of the ridge - 7
. Continue over another hump or two to reach the final pitch, near 13,500' - 8
. Follow the ridge crest to the top - 9
was taken from 13,500' and looks back down on the route.