ElevationAscent: 2,681' 817 m
Descent: -2,683' -818 m
High: 4,359' 1,329 m
Low: 1,868' 569 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 68% (34°)
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“This run tackles the popular Mt. Baldy Trail to the summit of Blacktail Ptarmigan Rocks.”— Abe H
From the top of Mt. Baldy, you'll descend a few hundred feet east along the ridge. At times there is a distinct trail, at others the trail disappears, but as long as you follow the ridgeline toward the southwest ridge of Blacktail it is difficult to get into trouble.
From the base of the southwest ridge of Blacktail, there is a human trail that leads up the mountain, just west of the ridgeline. Once the majority of the elevation has been gained at a false summit, there is another game trail that continues upward just below the craggy ridgeline.
At about 4,300', there is a large gendarme in the way where you go around it on the east side, which is a departure from the norm on this trail as you are normally on the west side of the ridge. The final approach isn't completely straightforward but if you look down the west slopes, you'll find the human-worn game trail that takes you down a little ways to an easy west face approach up to the summit.
Care should be taken when traversing along the ridge when there is still snow on the ground. The human-worn game trail traverses a few couloirs that could avalanche in the right conditions.
Land Manager: Alaska DNR - Parks and Outdoor Recreation