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In a New Year, we climb Bald Mountain.

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Every time I drove past Station Creek I told myself I would hike it someday. But it was always on the way somewhere else. So when Dave suggested we hike up Station Creek to climb Bald Mountain, I was instantly in (assuming I could get everything else in the world to stop for just a minute).

We rendezvoused in Boise at 7am and were on our feet at just a few minutes after 8.

As we pulled into the parking lot, three guys with guns were heading up the trail, hunting Lord only knows what. I wasn't happy about that, but Dave spotted a snowshoe trail heading instead up the ridge, so we left the Station Creek trail, which heads up the creek.

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We quickly had great views--- hey, this is better, anyway!

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The ridge was really cool, often narrow enough to give views off both sides through the open Ponderosa forest. For the first bit, we walked in the fairly-firm snowshoe trail, carrying our snowshoes.
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The packed snowshoe track eventually ended short of the ridge top. Dave continued booting for a while, then we put on our slowshoes (which we kept on until getting back to the car), soldiering on into better views and occasional sunshine. Hey, there's our peak?! Why are we going the other direction?

The ridge continued north for a bit before swinging east across the top of the drainage.

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More views. More sunshine. This is going well.
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The last bit up to the ridge was pretty steep, and also pretty cold in the shade.
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But then we popped out into the sun with the summit in view.
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Looking northerly, the highpoint is Scott Mountain.
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This is looking to the west, or a bit south of that. You can see Garden Peak on the horizon, and closer in you can see our ascent ridge curl to the right before dropping to the left.

What a great way to start the New Year!

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