Mt. Bailey

May 10, 1997

After breakfast in Chemult, our group of four drove to within a half mile of the Mt. Bailey trailhead at the south end of Diamond Lake. There, snow was met, and skis quickly brought us into the woods and the beginning of our climb to the top. Between 5,200 ft. and 6,000 ft., skis were mostly carried over snow and bare trail. From 6,000 ft. to the 8,363 ft. summit great spring conditions prevailed and skiing was as good as it gets. Our route took us up the large open bowl and East Ridge to the treeless summit. A warm, blue sky rest was tranquil … until two snowmobiles found their way to the summit. The long descent offered Telemark turns for all and was a reminder of what skiing should be like every trip. Time up was just over four hours and the cars were found in a little over two hours after leaving the summit. Lucky skiers on this day were Steve Goins, Dick Hildreth, Joshua Ladau and Harold Thompson, leader.

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