We met up at the trailhead for Mount Baldy. It looked like it was going to be nice day with the sun out, but a bit on the colder side.
At the trailhead, there was no snow on the trail but that did not last too long. The higher in elevation we drove, the more snow we ran into.
Matt and Walt drove through the big water holes. They were not that deep at that time.
The snow did not give us any issues on the trail. There were tracks on the trail from other vehicles that had already driven through.
We did pass a few Jeeps driving down Mount Baldy before we got to the shelf road.
When we reached the shelf road, the only tracks on the road were from 4-wheelers. We continued making our way up the shelf road of Mount Baldy. In the sunny areas on the shelf road most of the snow had melted, but in the shady areas there was some snow on the trail.
When we got to the area where the hill on the shelf road was visible, we ran into a rockslide that blocked the trail. We thought only a 4-wheeler could make it past the big rocks without falling off the side of the trail.
There was just a little widening with a gentle slope on the uphill side right by the rockslide, so we decided to turn around instead of trying to drive backwards up the trail, which would have been pretty difficult and dangerous too since we were on the narrow shelf road. It did take us some time to turn both Jeeps around to go back. Matt, who had been in the lead, turned around first and managed without further issues after two tries. There was not much room for two Jeeps to pass each other, but Matt parked really close to the downhill side and Walt pulled passed him into the bit of gently sloped area on the uphill side, then Matt drove down the trail a bit and we were able to get Walt turned around as well.
When we were near the end of the shelf road on Mount Baldy, we ran into a few more Jeeps coming up to the shelf road. We told them about the rockslide. There was also no good spot for them to turn around where they were, so they drove in reverse for a little while until there was room enough to turn around in the treed area.
When we made it to the large open turn to go up Mount Baldy, we stopped for a late lunch. After lunch, we took the trail that went to the west for a way out. After we were out, we aired up and went home. We all had a great time on the trail, and we hoped the rockslide would be cleared soon.
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