Saturday, August 18, 2012

Bald Mountain

A few months ago John and I hiked Bald Mountain and I kept commenting to him what a great running trail it was. I have been secretly trying to teach him to recognize good running trails for me since he hikes a lot.  Susan and I finally got a chance to run it, and I have to say I think I impressed her.


The first 1.4 miles of the trail is a fairly gradual sometimes sandy climb, around mile 1.2 you cross over the Sandy River on a seasonal bridge. Head north on the PCT, before you start the 2.2 mile climb up to Bald Mountain you have to scramble over two fallen trees to cross the river. The climb can be steep at times, but I kept telling myself and Susan it is only 2.2 miles and then the rest is a lovely gradual down hill.

Once you reach Bald Mountain the forest opens up into fabulous alpine meadows, glacial streams and an unbelievable view of Mt. Hood. You can also see several stunning waterfalls coming down the slopes of Mt. Hood. The trail continues down to the Muddy Fork of the Sandy River, which you have to cross not once but twice without a bridge, so be prepared. The water wasn't raging when we crossed it, but it wasn't a little stream crossing either. The first crossing we found a stick that helped us cross over the slippery rocks, but our shoes were completely soaked. The second crossing was much easier, there were rocks that we were able to "hop" across.

The trail continues down past the Yocum Ridge junction, to Ramona Falls. If you haven't seen Ramona Falls before, you are in for a treat. Then you follow the trail back to your car, crossing the Sandy River one more time (on a bridge).   

The route from William L. Sullivan's "100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington"
 
Susan cross the "tree bridge"

wild blueberries

Susan taking a picture on Mt. Hood from Bald Mountain


the view from Bald Mountain


Mt. Hood form Bald Mountain

alpine meadows!

carin with Mt. Hood in the back ground


getting ready for our first bridgeless crossing

Muddy Fork - One of the bridgeless crossings


Ramona Falls

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