Bike-a-scramble Mt Baldy

Let's do the Baldy Pass loop (http://www.bikepirate.com/x-country-trails/baldy-pass/):
- Physical: hard
- Technical: hard

As a bonus, we will stop at Baldy pass, ditch the bikes, and attempt to scramble Mt Baldy. From the pass, there is a ridge leading to the South summit and then the North summit. It is 2Kish away with minimal elevation gain (300m). From the information I gathered, it is at most class 3 scramble with minimal exposure (but we will assess as we go). I expect this should take us 2H30 at the very most. People are welcome to hang out at the pass waiting for us.

- For the scramble part, runners should be plenty fine.

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  • Giom

    Hi,
    how was the trail? Can you actually ride up to Baldy Pass? Was the downhill worth it?
    Thanks,
    Guillaume

    September 1

    • Martin

      I could kinda figure it out, look how French is similar to English.

      September 2

    • Pebeto

      This is because I am speking a fusion of French/English. Bad French and Bad English :)

      September 2

  • Vanilla G.

    Feel free to text me if you want a riding or hiking buddy. [masked]

    2 · August 30

    • Pebeto

      Bien sur! Content de te rencontrer!

      September 1

  • Brent

    Thanks for a great ride everyone. That was a fun ride!

    3 · August 30

  • Ryan

    yes was a good one, nice to meet everyone, thanks for the ride! look forward to doing another one again

    1 · August 30

  • Ryan

    hey this sounds like a good time, I'm going to try and get there to join!

    August 30

  • Bryan

    Hiya - unless its really pouring, I`ll be there. Thanks for the additional descriptions Martin - just got back 2 days ago from Golden for some family holiday time so have fun out there (I assume Mount 7?). A demain ! Bryan

    1 · August 29

    • Martin

      So is that you Bryan who sucked out all the sunshine 27C from Golden and left me 8C with occasional showers? Im gonna remember you, ha ha.

      August 29

    • Bryan

      Well Martin, you should thank me as you won`t be breaking into a sweat if its only 8'C ... :-)

      August 30

  • Pebeto

    Again, my phone[masked]-5240. Silver Suzuki. Text me if you are running late. If I get no news, we will go assuming you will not be coming. It might be chilly on the top. Plus, there is no water along the way so be prepared.

    August 29

    • Marc-Antoine

      Ok great. I'm in a black Jeep with a pirate flag on it.

      1 · August 29

    • Lacey

      See you guys tomorrow morning! One of my usual biking buddies might join us too. He has the same riding pace as me.

      1 · August 29

  • Vanilla G.

    Hi all. I'm going to attempt to find the trail head. Looking forward to not riding solo. Is there a specific spot where we will all meet?

    August 28

    • Pebeto

      Rain or shine, I will go. The only thing I try is to avoid are thunderstorms. If it is rains, we might just skip the summit bag

      August 28

    • Martin

      .... Ya Pebeto has a weather magnet which works for BIG hales. He, he

      August 28

  • Pebeto

    OK, check the link (http://www.bikepirate.com/x-country-trails/baldy-pass/
    There is a good trail head description. I have never been to the TH but I find that these descriptions are quite accurate in general.

    I have a silver suzuki and my phone is[masked]

    August 28

  • Lacey

    Hey guys! I signed up for this ride too; looks like a fun one! sounds like I'm more or less on the same riding level as a couple of people here. I usually need a quick break on the climb ;) I wouldn't want to hold anyone back though. I've done similar trails (Prairie view / Jewel pass). Looking forward to meeting you guys.

    1 · August 27

    • Martin

      Lacey, if you liked Jewell Pass, you gonna love this one. It's very similar, maybe little more aggressive the start up of descent. It'll teach ya, lol.

      August 28

  • Leanne

    I have a commuter bike I think, very thin wheels, is that appropriate for these kind of rides?

    August 26

    • Martin

      Hello Youamie , No, not really. You want to have a proper cross-country or enduro bike with at least front suspension, but better full suspension bike. And very important disc brakes. Also your tires should be for trails, city tires are very slippery on dirt and they puncture very easily. Also, this particular ride is mainly for intermediate to expert riders. Requires lots of cardio and some down hill skills on steep, rocky , scree and full of roots trail. Hope I answered the main question. If you have more questions please ask, I or some other organizers will be glad to assist you.

      2 · August 26

    • Pebeto

      I would say the bike is NOT appropriate for this ride. Thanks Martin

      August 27

  • Myndi

    I would totally be up for this! What skill level will you be riding at? I'm concerned my technical skill might hold me back but definitely up for giving it a go! Was looking at doing this scramble this weekend anyway! If it will be a faster crew then maybe I will hold off. Wouldn't want to hold people back.

    1 · August 26

    • Marc-Antoine

      I've never done this trail. I'm not really fast uphill, I'm OK downhill. I don't mind about speed either. We can take our time.

      August 26

    • Martin

      Marc, check out my review in other comments. Cheers.

      August 26

  • Martin

    Ok guys, if I can help you out giving you some review. Baldy pass climb is super easy technically, cardio mild, gets little harder towards the top, but still super easy to ride up. It's mostly double track and then single. Coming down from the pass it's fairly steep with loose rocks and scree, very tricky, but only about first 200m, (in worst scenario you walk it down) The rest of descent about 4km to the hwy, it's beautiful rooted single track with many step downs (1ft), big rocks (not many loose) and then you end up in dry River bed. It's very fun ride (except the scree where bikepirate recommends body armour) and I'd do it again with XC bike. We completed easy in 2hrs incl some breaks.

    6 · August 26

    • Martin

      When you start from parking lot, pay attention to the trail head description on bikepirate. I got there late, started chasing 2 other guys in front of me, but I past the cabins and started going to the right. That's hikers only, stupid overgrown single tracks with many dead falls the first km. I hated it. You have to go to left, to get on the biking trail head right away. Lol Good luck.

      August 26

    • Martin

      Just read bikepirate again now, the description is actually very accurate with only one minor fact. YOU DON'T EVER TURN AROUND and head back the way you came. Except I see down there mama grizzly with some cubs, lol.

      August 26

  • Martin

    Soft yogurt is more flowy with little jumps, Baldy pass is more rough with step ups over big rocks and roots. But so much fun. BP rating about hard for XC, but easy to intermediate for DH bikes.

    August 26

  • David W.

    Im in the same boat as Myndi. I've done the Nordic Centre trail (e.g. soft yogurt, green and blue and black trails). How would you rate those compared to the one you're proposing?

    August 26

    • Pebeto

      Maybe Myndi would join you for that

      August 26

    • Myndi

      Ya I'll come along! As you said, if I think it's too rough I'll just ride back out the same way I came in. I have done some black diamond stuff but who knows....so hard to tell as every trail is different. And I'm super stoked to do this combo!!

      August 26

  • Pebeto

    Read the description from the link. I have not done the ride but it is general quite accurate. If you can tell me what ride you have done in the area then I could give you a comparison idea. It will be hard in terms of skills and I will be slow downhill (maybe walk some sections), that is for sure. No worry about the speed too much, as long as you feel fit enough to do the climb and not get wrecked. It will be low to moderate, more adventure oriented.

    August 26

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