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Baldy, WA (between Ellensburg and Yakima), April 2019

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A rainy weekend in Western, WA led me to look for options on the Eastern side.  Tim (KG7EJT) had done Baldy a week prior, and looked like a great option.  

Driving directions and parking information are located at WTA link below.  I parked across from the trailhead at Big Pine Campground, and needed a BLM use pass (I purchased a $5 day use pass, and printed at home prior to leaving).  The trailhead is located just north of the entrance to Big Pine Campground, and there is a gate on east side of highway signaling entrance to trailhead.  Walking through the gate will lead to a steeper trail, and for more gradual route stay left of gate.  The attached picture shows a faint path to left of path, in front of the bushes, and along a fence line.

Trail is fully exposed, and relatively steep for a short hike.  My mileage was 4.2m round-trip with 1,956 elevation gain.  Summit was windy and exposed with radio towers, and no trees.  I strapped my antenna mast to a wooden board sticking out of some rocks on east side of summit.  Made 5 contacts...3 on 20m SSB, and 2 on 2M.  Darryl WW7D and Josh WU7H were the much appreciated 2M contacts, and they heard me call CQ while driving back from another activation.



Stay left of gate for more gradual trail, there is faint path...
Halfway up trail, looking east toward summit
Baldy summit
Looking North toward Ellensburg
Looking West...most of trail along ridge
Driving home, looking back at Baldy Mtn from North