Catawba County High Point Trip Report

Baker Mtn (1,780 ft)

Date: February 29, 2004
Author: Ron Tagliapietra

Baker Mountain County Park was established about 2 years ago. It is a free park currently open Friday through Mondays. The road is paved to the park. The park does not include the summit ridge. The road beyond the park is not paved and is gated twice (the first open and the second closed on our visit) and posted heavily. We met a guy who said that the owners have had trouble with ATVs and will prosecute them.

There are several ways to get to the overlooks at about 1650 feet on the west slope but the shortest is to hike from the trailhead between the two buildings and turn right onto the Eagle Pass trail (signed junction). Follow this to its end at the upper old homestead site (with chimney). Turn right and head uphill to the overlooks. From here, follow a road uphill, crossing a low wire fence to the gap between the radio tower bump and the middle bump. Follow the road east to a junction. Turn left and hike north past the east side of the middle bump and go right up the northern bump. The Baker 2 No. 3 BM is still on the highest ground but it shows an arrow pointing to Baker 2 BM (also 1948), which we also found nearby but lower.

Trip statistics: 2 miles round trip; elevation gain 400 feet.