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Baldy Mountain

Central Washington

Location

Central Washington -- Yakima
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Length

5.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1972 ft.
Highest Point: 3212 ft.

Rating

4.14 out of 5

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Found on maps as the T.P. Jim Trail, the way up Baldy Mountain is open and exposed. T.P. Jim was a local tour guide and Central Washington University graduate who helped local youths avoid gangs trouble and become more involved in hiking and climbing. He has been honored with a trail and monument named after him. The monument can be found at the summit of Baldy.

There's a real danger of overheating on this trail in the summer months, so it may be best saved for an early spring or fall hike, perhaps even a winter conditioner.

As you make your way up the steep trail across from Big Pines campground, there are two choices of trail. The first is the T.P. Jim trail. It is extremely steep, but does provide a minimal amount of shade in before coming up onto a flank of Baldy into the sun. Go straight through the gate for this trail.

The more moderate ascent is offered by the trail to your left just before you pass through the gate. This is a little more forgiving route as far as steepness goes, but it's very exposed. The two routes converge about a mile up, and there are some very steep sections afterward, though not quite as steep as the start of the T.P. Jim Trail.

The way is straightforward, though the trail may be faint. Along the way, enjoy wildflowers encouraging you with every step in the springtime. In autumn, the fall color in the Yakima valley can be stunning. And on clear days, the panorama of the Cascade crest is gorgeous.

 

Baldy Mountain

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.7952, -120.4584 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Washington -- Yakima

Bureau of Land Management and Washington Department of Natural Resources

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Getting There

From I-90 heading west, take exit 110 for I-82 and proceed south for 6 miles south to Thrall Road, exit 3. Turn west (right) for three quarters of a mile, and then turn left onto Canyon Road. Take Canyon Road 15 miles south to Big Pines Campground. Parking is available in this campground, but be sure to have a $5 BLM day-use pass. Find the trailhead across the road, 100 yards north, marked with a gate.

From Yakima, take I-82 north for 9 miles and take exit 26. Turn left and follow 821 for 10 miles to the Big Pine Campground on your left. Follow instructions listed above.

 

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