Bald Mountain via the Walt Bailey Trail
Aug 16, 2010
- Type of Outing
- Multi-night backpack
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Walt Bailey Trail - Bald Mountain
- Region: North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
- Agency: Department of Natural Resources
- Trails: Walt Bailey Trail (#)
- Avg Rating: 3.78
- Hiking Companions
- Hiked with kids
- Why You Should Go Now
- Ripe berries
- Be Aware Of
The hike up took us 3.5 hours with plenty of stops. After reaching the first lake or two, you’ll come to the fork shown in the photo. The right fork goes to several more lakes and campsites, including ours. The left fork goes to the biggest lake, also pictured, and eventually reaches some big rocks, a rarely-used helicopter landing site, and a scramble up Bald Mountain (which my friend enjoyed but said might be dangerous for the younger kids).
There were lots of berries arround our campsite and even more all along the trail to Bald Mountain. We saw a couple of people each day (this was midweek) doing the dayhike to Bald Mountain, but no one along the lakes on the right fork, and while there were some established campsites and fire rings, there was no evidence of recent use.
- A moderate number of flies, horseflies, and mosquitoes were around all the time. The mossies swarmed us mercilessly around dusk.
- There were a couple of hornet (bee? wasp?) nests next to the trail, both on your right as you ascend. The first was about 2 miles from the trailhead, just past the boulder field and just before the start of the switchbacks up to the lakes, on a fir sapling leaning over the trail. It was safe to walk right by it. The second was almost at the fork, lower to the ground, and harder to avoid, so we detoured a few feet through the brush.
- We saw a mama bear and cub a reasonable distance away on the way down -- precisely where we were headed. Fortunately, and not surprisingly, our loud singing kept them away.