Length: 7.6 miles round trip
Elevation Change: 1200' cumulative gain
Season: Spring thru Fall
Permit: NO Pass Required
This gentle little hike is easy to get to and easy to hike. You begin the hike where
Forest Road 4614 makes a sharp bend to the left. You'll see a pull off to the right
and you'll notice that the road has a wide should on which to park. The trail head
sign is just a few feet off the road and it labels the trail the Old Baldy Trail.
The trail begins a gentle climb immediately. It might be a little dismaying to see
the trail paralleling the forest road to the left and below you, but never fear, this
will not last. First of all because shortly you will begin a rather steep climb up
the west side of Githens Mountain. But before you do, you'll get one chance to look
out over the valley below you and up at Githens. Then its climb
Never fear, though, this isn't Devil's Peak. Soon the trail levels off and before
you know it you will loose all that precious elevation you just spent so much effort
gaining. At about 1 mile and three quarters you'll come to a junction where the old
trail continues on to Old Baldy, and a newer trail veers off to the right and takes
you on a much better route to great vistas.
You begin to regain that lost elevation.....again. In about a mile, you'll begin to hike
along the edge of the drop off to the valley below. However, it won't be for a while
before you get to the viewpoint. Just before you get there, you'll notice a campsite
on your right. Looks like a great overnight place if you have your own water.
Next you'll see a user path off to your right that takes you to the viewpoint that
makes this hike worth the effort. You'll enjoy great vistas of the Eagle Creek valley
and of Wildcat Mountain to your north and Mt Hood to your northeast.
If you really want to reach the top of Old Baldy, return to the trail and follow it
just over a mile through mostly dense forest to the top of the mountain which is
mostly dense forest.
View along the Old Baldy trail