West Baldy, West Ridge Direct
The ascent party that submitted this info reported that this sharp ridge has been done before as there was signs of a trail in spots(damn goats claiming FAs), however there is no past record printed. It’s much interesting than the usual Baldy scramble and would be classed as a nice technical scramble. This hands-on scramble begins less than 10 minutes from the car.
From the parking lot on Hwy #40 for the Baldy trail, instead of heading up the regular ridge, head up the drainage to the right (i.e.-up the descent trail). In five minutes you come to a fork in the drainage; get up on the ridge seperating the two forks and stay on it all the way to the summit of West Baldy. Much of the ridge can be bypassed on the right but the real fun is sticking to the crest throughout – has bits of 4th to easy 5th class with some exposure.
From the summit of West Baldy, walk across the ridge to the main summit and down the regular trail. The whole outing can take over two hours car-to-car making for a great little after work conditioning run.