Baldy Mountain roadless area this morning at 7000 feet. The clouds covered the mountain top and six feet of snow covered the trail the rest of the way up. That and an icy wind kept me from going any further today.
I saw Griz sign there once about 6 years ago but not since. Their range in the Cabinets is about 20 miles further west although I suspect one might travel through this area every once in awhile. I have seen cougar tracks on Baldy in recent years and wolf tracks as well. Quite a few black bears in that area. A couple of weeks ago I encountered a hunter about 5 miles from this trail who had just taken one of the largest black bears I’ve even seen.
I think at least part of the allure of the wild country is the potential to encounter unusual and possibly difficult situations, but those are really a part of the natural conditions. If nothing else, it makes one very humble considering it. I wouldn’t miss out on it for the world!
I will go up again on a clear day. With the low visibility I could not see much point in going further up where you want to see for 100 miles, not 100 feet. As with the other roadless areas here, it really is wild country. Old growth forest and very few visitors, but very beautiful.
Yes, it is an interesting phenomenon, one that I like very much. Several years ago in late June I climbed this mountain and spent the day in a new snowfall. Those in the valley had no idea it was there.
When I first started to get above the trees that day the only clouds were high above and, although it was dark, the visibility was probably 50 miles. Then these clouds swept in and the same scenes changed, drawing a curtain just beyond the trees.
This weather is…unique. But I was raised in the tropics, so these sub-tropic climes are probably more up my alley than your 20s and teens. WOW. But in all honesty, I would really love a more temperate climate. This can be a bit much at times.