|Taking a quick break at our "high point" before sledding back down.|
Max, of course, rolling a snow angel to cool off - love the big 'V' he's making with his back legs!
So, our planned route: hop up & across the 3 shelves of trails on the Sally Barber (north) face of Baldy Mountain and then cruise down the east face of Baldy. Each "shelf" can be viewed as a series of trails at roughly the same elevation. Given the conditions (needing to stay in shady areas) we could not take the common switchbacks to go from one shelf to the other. Instead, we had to ascend straight up 500 foot inclines to hop from one shelf to the next. Woo, what a workout! Details and visuals below...
(1) The Sally Barber Mine trails (the lower shelf of our route).
|Cruising along the Sally Barber Mine trail. Just enough snow to haul the human up the trails.|
Elevations in the 10,300 to 10,500 feet range.
|Hugging the side of the trail hopping us from the lower shelf to the middle shelf of trails.|
Hauling the sled straight up this 24% grade (I had to hop off the sled and jog behind as two
huskies cannot pull one human up this steep a grade).
|Cruising along the True Romance Mine trail. A bit more snow and fewer exposed rocks than the|
lower shelf. Elevations in the 11,100 to 11,200 feet range.
|Taking on the 29% grade moving us from the middle shelf to the upper shelf. You can see Max|
really "leaning into the harness" as he and Zorro power up this extreme incline.