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Baron is one of the few peaks accessible on the less traveled side of the Sawtooths. The distance is long -7 miles-, and the trail is pretty rough, but the views are amazing. Only the summit block offers some technical difficulty, but it is a moderate class 3.
The trailhead is past the hamlet and campground at GrandJean. There is a sizable but fairly busy parking lot. The Baron Creek trail is popular because it leads into a very pretty alpine valley. To cross the North Fork of the creek there is a large log bridge. Unfortunately, rather than doing the sensible thing and enjoying the hike, you will leave the trail before reaching Moolack creek.
Hike up following the ridge until around 6600 feet there is open but steep slope that leads into Moolack Creek. There is no trail. Vegetation makes the creek impassable, so keep high until reaching the fork. There will be serious bushwhacking. Then climb the ridge between the two forks. This is a difficult ridge at points because there are some bushes blocking the way.
At 7600 feet the creek turns East. Descend following the base of some large walls until hitting the creek. The going gets easier, just a steep climb on open terrain on the North bank of the creek. Cross a section of trees and then you find yourself at 8200ft in an open space with trees in both sides. Instead of continuing up it is better to go South and cross the lines of trees to reach a large open basin.
Eventually the beautiful basin is visible, and the good news is that the peak is quite close. Follow the path of least resistance to the east ridge of Baron.
The summit block has two different sections. First comes the very obvious chute that splits the block. It becomes narrower and steeper, but it offers plenty of good footholds. However this section is prone to very dangerous rock slides. At the top of the chute there is climbing on jagged but fairly solid rock. It is technical, but there are several reasonable lines to the top.
And then you enjoy the view. It is hard to come back.
Take a helmet, specially going with others.