Mount Baldy by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 7,388 ft
Prominence: 368

This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019


Mount Baldy is one of three ranked summits at the northernmost tip of the Caribou Range. The other two peaks are a bit higher and reside to the northeast. Mount Baldy sits above the upper reaches of Antelope Creek. The easiest ascent route is via FST-166/Antelope Creek Trail and the Southeast Shoulder. USGS Point Lookout

Northeast Shoulder/North Ridge, Class 2

Date of Climb: August 21, 2019

Access

Antelope Creek Road/FSR-037 is located 13.0 miles N of the Swan Valley (junction of US-26 and ID-31) and 24.4 miles E of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest Office in Idaho Falls. It is signed with a simple street sign and heads due S from US-26. Set your odometer to 0.0 at the start of Antelope Creek Road.

At 3.1 miles, go L at a junction. At 6.1 miles, go straight at a junction. At 6.9 miles, reach the Caribou National Forest Boundary and a cattle gate. There is a shaded campsite to the L here and a large parking area. At 7.7 miles, reach a small trailhead parking area along Antelope Creek. Park here (6,387 feet). FST-167, an ATV/MC trail, continues up Antelope Creek from here.

The Climb

From the Antelope Creek trailhead parking area, bushwhack W up a steep scrub slope, staying close to the edge of the forest. At some points, it’s best to be slightly IN the forest when the terrain is a little less steep and the brush is a bit thinner. Reach a flat area at the E end of a ridge at Point 6789. This is the east edge of the Northeast Shoulder. From here, you can see two ridge humps to the SW on the summit ridge of Mount Baldy. The first one is completely bald (Point 7208). The second one is forested on its N side and, ironically, is Mount Baldy. It does not appear to be BALD from here.

Meander W through thick brush using a cattle/game trail to help. The shoulder soon bends L/SW. Continue up the brushy terrain (with scattered pines nearby) to approach Point 7208. Hike briefly on an old jeep road (not shown on maps) to reach the W side of Point 7208. Leave the road to scramble up short scrub to the top of cairned Point 7208. You have reached the North Ridge of Mount Baldy. Follow the ridge S to a saddle, finding an old jeep road there.

Follow the jeep road briefly. Regrettably, it ends at the S end of the saddle. From the end of the road, follow a cattle trail S up the ridge crest. The terrain is now thick brush and scattered pines. Bushwhack up through a short patch of thick pines (no trails here) to reach the summit of Mount Baldy. The summit is open on its S slope but is densely

East Shoulder/East Face (Descent), Class 2

Access

Same as for the Northeast Shoulder/North Ridge Route.

The Descent

From the summit, descend E down a poorly-defined ridge with an obvious gully on its L/N side. The terrain is initially thick scrub. The terrain morphs into a mix of scrub and scattered pines and then becomes pure forest. To remain in open terrain as long as possible, descend R/SE to find a cattle trail in a dry gully. Follow the cattle trail down the gully to quickly reach Antelope Creek Trail (FST-166), which is actually an old jeep road. You must jump Antelope Creek (a small stream) to finally climb up onto the awaiting road. Descend FST-166 to its genesis at an unmarked “T” junction where it meets FST-167. Go L onto FST-167 and follow that old road briefly back to the trailhead parking area.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Caribou Range

Longitude: -111.57439   Latitude: 43.43878

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