To the top of Old Baldy

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User: Joefirefighter - 3/20/2009

Location: Garner State Park

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: 3stars  Solitude: 2stars
Miles Hiked: 2.00 Miles  Elapsed Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes


Our last day of hiking in Garner, we decided to go to the top of Old Baldy.  Old Baldy is one of the iconic images of Garner State Park.  Ironically, Old Baldy is not in Garner State Park.  The initial climb was very steep and very rocky.  Not being a part of the park, we had to look a little to find the trail once we got up the initial climb.  We eventually made it to the top of Old Baldy.  The kids really enjoy the challenge of climbing to the top of a peak they'd been camping under for several nights. 

On the way down, we decided to go to Ice Box Cave.  The trail to Ice Box Cave had been pointed out to us two days before by an interpretive guide.  The trail follows along the face of Old Baldy.  It is very narrow with a few places requiring climbing over rocks to pass. 

The cave itself is a very narrow cleft in the rock that goes back about thirty to forty meters before ending and requiring you to sidestep back to the opening. 

For those of you climbing Old Baldy.  Please be careful about kicking rocks off from the summit.  People on the Ice Box Cave trail are very exposed.

Area around Garner State Park
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