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Mt. Baldy - 5107'
Miles RT: Elevation Gain: Rating:
11 3300' unk
Map: GT - #208 Kachess Lake
USGS - Kachess Lake
Season: winter

We parked the cars at the plowed end of FR #4818 about 50 yards from Sparks Road and from there it's about a mile to the Domerie Ridge Trail #1308.  The trail runs along the west side of Silver Creek for a bit, then crosses it on a stout bridge.  It's a little sketchy in the snow covered woods for a bit, but it climbs in open scrub to a saddle at a junction with the Easton Ridge Trail.  Here go left (NW) and follow the edge of the ridge as it bends from N around to NE and ascends to the low point between Thomas Mtn and Mt. Baldy.  Go right (ESE) up the shoulder, steeply at times to gain the rounded summit.  We retraced our steps for the descent.

 December 2, 2006      
Road 4818  
Kachess Ridge & Amabilis Mtn.  
Break at Easton junction
Mt. Baldy  
Mt. Stuart  
Cle Elum Lake
NW to Thomas Mtn.
The rounded summit  
Mt. Rainier
Group on Mt. Baldy
Looking east  
Baldy from the ridge
Back on the ridge
Wind sculpted snow  
Flocked trees
Route Map  
Directions:
Drive I-90 east over Snoqualmie Pass and get off on Exit 70. Turn left under the freeway, then left on the frontage road (Sparks Rd.) to Forest Service Road No. 4818. Drive past the power lines and take an unsigned road east (right) and follow to a parking area and the trailhead for Kachess Ridge Trail #1315 on the left.  To the right a path leads to Silver Creek, walk upstream 50 yards to a bridge over the creek and pick-up the trail on the other side.
Winter:
Directions as above except that Forest Road 4818 is blocked less than 100 yards from Sparks Road.  Park here and walk the roads as above.
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