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Sam DeRoseGreat dat hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2016

Sam DeRose

I tried summiting a week earlier without proper crampons or an axe. Turned around at the start of devils backbone, was just too slippery with all the snow/ice this year. Headed back up the following week with crampons and an axe and summited despite the ~50 mph winds blowing over the ridge, very exciting! A great hike that takes about 4-6 hours if you're moving quickly. I managed to jog up and down the fire road from Manker flats / Falls trailhead to the ski lodge.
Posted Mar 1, 2016 3:53 pm

trexkerryBaldy/West Baldy/Harwood  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2014
Drove down from the Bay Area for a conference in Palm Springs - after visiting the downtown LA library I drove up to Manker Flat and hiked up to the ski lodge and took the Devil's Backbone trail up to Baldy with a side visit to West Baldy and Harwood on a fine afternoon. Barely any snow to be found anywhere, and none on the trail. Trip report is HERE.
Posted Feb 22, 2014 6:41 pm

conpenMount San Antonio  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2012


Ascended via Devil's Backbone, and descended via San Antonio Ski Hut. Great loop. I think best to take Backbone up and Ski Hut down. But I'm sure vice versa is good, as well. Skip a few miles by hiking up ski lift. Strenuous, but saves time.
Posted Aug 5, 2013 6:04 pm

bscottlong loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2012


great views along the backbone. up the fire road, across the backbone, down the ski hut trail.
Posted May 10, 2013 5:50 pm

WildHarwood & Baldy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 13, 2013


Up Harwood then up Baldy from the Backbone
Posted Jan 16, 2013 6:48 pm

JJBrunnerWinter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 8, 2011
Very fun snowshoeing. It's a very photogenic route in the wintertime, too bad I didn't bring a camera...
Posted Jan 8, 2011 10:02 pm

MtnDoserSteep on both sides  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 8, 2010


to the notch!
Posted Dec 17, 2010 1:40 am

WildDark Side of the Bone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2010


Stunning views of Mount Harwood's East Face and other surrounding peaks, nice exposure along the ridge, and a very fun trail.
We started soon after midnight and had a big bright moon over our shoulders for most of the trip and made it to the summit just in time to catch the sun rise above the massive sea of clouds below us. Took the San Antonio Ski Hut/Baldy Bowl Route back down.
Posted Sep 6, 2010 6:39 pm

therockimageTraining hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2010


We used this route as a training hike for our Mt. Whitney climb, mainly for the roundtrip distance.
Posted Jun 13, 2010 6:51 pm

JEFFSDifferent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 7, 2009
I like to do the bowl but sometimes will come down this route to save my knees. Then I think it's about the same.
Posted Apr 7, 2010 7:40 pm

SierraCJ3 Times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2009


From Manker to Baldy then Harwood and back to Notch. Great hike.
Posted Dec 9, 2009 2:34 pm

tarolGreat trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 24, 2009


Loved this trail, steep and rocky in spots but it has to be, wonderful views, and fabulous wind-stunted trees along the way.
Posted Oct 25, 2009 9:35 am

farrisglHiked many times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 12, 1972


Good hike to the summit however I prefer routes to the summit past the ski hut, or if modivated from Baldy Village.
Posted Mar 22, 2009 1:19 am

hol571Bowl to Notch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 9, 2008


Climbed the bowl and descended the backbone to the notch
Posted Oct 29, 2008 2:28 pm

Alex WoodTotally Brutal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2008

Alex Wood

I could go for hiking this trail, but instead I ran it in the "Baldy Run to the Top". Amazing views!
Posted Sep 1, 2008 6:00 pm

DebWith Child In-Tow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2008


Interesting warm, windy, cold, sunny, dusty hike with my daughter who has found that she really does enjoy hiking more than 2 miles! Her first 10K summit was a thrill for me as well. Actually saw 3 other humans and NO the lifts weren't running. :P
Posted Aug 19, 2008 11:38 pm

MtnLdrOuch!!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2008


I actually went up the ski hut/bowl trail, and came down the backbone. I just hate out and back type hikes. Anyway, this trail is amazing! I have to try this hike again in reverse. I can't wait for winter to get here now. I can only imagine how beautiful this ridgeline would look with snow!
Posted Jul 29, 2008 11:46 am

SoCalHikerVery nice!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2008


Hiked up directly under the ski lifts to Baldy Notch and then the Devil's Backbone. Not too many people on the summit; about 15-20 at 10am.
Posted Jun 8, 2008 6:34 pm

BlackmouthWinter Ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 6, 2008


Took the Devils Backbone to Harwood to Baldy to West Baldy and back. It was one of the nicest days I've had on Baldy and I had it all to myself.
Posted Feb 6, 2008 9:44 pm

InsertHereNice day, very windy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2006


Baldy Notch/Devil's Backbone to summit, descended Baldy Bowl. Great route, didn't ride the lift up. Very windy summit push at the end, lots of people turned back which was unfortunate - the summit was pretty calm and enjoyable.
Posted Sep 10, 2007 5:01 pm

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