Baldwin Ranch Road to Salmon Creek, via mid to upper altitude off-trail scramble/bushwhack

For years I have wanted to connect a point from midway up Baldwin Ranch Road all the way to Salmon Creek. Jeff and I finally did it on January 28th, 2017. Here is a photo blog to memorialize our trip.

Jeff crossing the first creek crossing off-trail
Jeff crossing the first creek crossing off-trail
Lots of water in this, the first creek off-trail
Lots of water in this, the first creek off-trail
Trickling waterfall in unexpected location
Trickling waterfall in unexpected location
Cairn marking where route veers left
Cairn marking where route veers left
A scramble up the next slope
A scramble up the next slope
Hidden flat area suitable for camping along the ridgeline
Hidden flat area suitable for camping along the ridgeline
Midway between ridges
Midway between ridges
Jeff coming up to another creek crossing
Jeff coming up to another creek crossing
Plenty of water here
Plenty of water here
View south towards Ragged Point and Piedras Blancas further south
View south towards Ragged Point and Piedras Blancas further south
Lunch break
Lunch break
Ragged Point Inn is center hiding behind this super steep slope
Ragged Point Inn is center hiding behind this super steep slope
Water trough a remnant of cattle ranching history
Water trough a remnant of cattle ranching history
One of the dozer cuts made decades ago during cattle ranching days
One of the dozer cuts made decades ago during cattle ranching days
Heading down "My Trail" towards County Line Road
Heading down “My Trail” towards County Line Road
Climbing up the first ridge of Mt. Mars north of County Line
Climbing up the first ridge of Mt. Mars north of County Line
Looking back to the first ridge of Mt. Mars north of County Line
Looking back to the first ridge of Mt. Mars north of County Line
Steep side slope transit from first ridge of Mt. Mars north of County Line to here
Steep side slope transit from first ridge of Mt. Mars north of County Line to here
Around 70 degrees slope at this secondary ridge
Around 70 degrees slope at this secondary ridge
Finally arrived to the spring adjacent to Cozy Cove
Finally arrived to the spring adjacent to Cozy Cove
Cozy Cove Spring
Cozy Cove Spring
From Cozy Cove looking back to spring ravine
From Cozy Cove looking back to spring ravine
View west from southern most point of Cozy Cove
View west from southern most point of Cozy Cove
Heading north along southern portion of Cozy Cove
Heading north along southern portion of Cozy Cove
Heading north along northern portion of Cozy Cove
Heading north along northern portion of Cozy Cove