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wannabepeakbaggerWindy windy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 16, 2017


This was about as easy as it gets. Road was open all the way to North Backbone trailhead. 3 hours car to car. Wind nearly blew me off the trail though. It was my first time on this particular area and I hope to be back
Posted Nov 16, 2017 3:24 pm

Snowman of AnnapurnaThe Real Backbone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2015

Snowman of Annapurna

Great Hike.
Posted Feb 1, 2017 12:27 pm

Augie MedinaFrom Baldy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2016

Augie Medina

Baldy via Devil's Backbone and then to Dawson. Did not enjoy the 1200' drop to the saddle below Dawson.
Posted Nov 2, 2016 1:15 pm

socalpeakbaggerTough but amazing views!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2016


Hit Pine and Dawson...I'll be back to complete that North Backbone all the way to Baldy!
Posted Aug 14, 2016 6:40 pm

IronHikerNorth Backbone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2015


Pine, Dawson, Baldy, West Baldy.
Posted Aug 3, 2015 1:34 pm

ScottWhitneyBoundFirst Time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2015


A group of 7 went from Manker Flats to Baldy, then on the North Backbone Trail to Pine Mountain, hit Dawson on the way back to Baldy, then down the Devil's Backbone to Baldy Notch for a beer and a ticket down on the chair lift. Tough, but rewarding hike!
Posted Jul 26, 2015 11:48 am

royandersonNorth backbone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 22, 2014


Started at Manker Flat, went up Register Ridge to Baldy, then down the North backbone To Dawson. I missed the trail down Baldy when I was off in some snow and ice, but found it easily on the way back, then returned via Baldy Bowl. I was hoping to also do Pine Mountain, but a late start in the day nixed that.
Posted Feb 23, 2014 5:45 pm

bscottfun peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2013


via north backbone trail
Posted Sep 21, 2013 10:47 pm

orbitorVia North Backbone Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2013


Cleaning up the higher HPS peaks north of Baldy. Dawson was #2 after coming up over Pine from Blue Ridge. Great views of Baldy's north face and the desert, also out to the San Bernardino. Reversed route back down to Blue Ridge and finished with Wright.
Posted Sep 3, 2013 2:03 pm

seanoNorth Backbone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2012


A nice, easy hike to Baldy and back.
Posted Oct 17, 2012 3:41 pm

NavySeabeeWright - Pine - Dawson  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2011


Success this time! Beautiful hike from Blue Ridge. Really enjoyed the part from Pine/Dawson saddle to summit. Tacked on Circle Mtn before this traverse hike. Note the Dawson Peak Trail junction (Fish Creek Trail on sign) and noted the trail was overgrown at the top too. No surprise there...
Posted Sep 26, 2011 11:23 am

MtnDoserMenker Flats to Baldy to Dawson  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2011


I was originally wanting to go from Baldy to Dawson to Pine and back, but time and energy was low. Bagged Dawson then headed back up the steep ascent to Baldy's summit.
Posted Sep 20, 2011 3:56 pm

PaulatronNorth Backbone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2011


Not very exciting, but if you're already on your way to Baldy from Pine, might as well bag it.
Posted Aug 8, 2011 11:32 pm

mcphersonm80North Backbone (with Pine and Baldy)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2011


Probably the least remarkable of the three peaks on this trail, but the relatively tame ascent from the Pine/Dawson saddle was very much appreciated by my feet/knees/legs.
Posted Aug 8, 2011 1:22 pm

cbuelowNorth Backbone Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2011


Second stop on the way to Baldy...
Posted Aug 7, 2011 4:12 pm

NavySeabeeFailed Attempt
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2011


Okay, I'll be the humble schmuck to say I didn't make it... What started as an ambitious 5-peak, 5,000' 16 mile loop fell short due to daylight and what was nearly endless thrashing.

Started at Guffy, dropped to Camp Lupine, up Fish Creek Trail to Pine Mtn Ridge over to Wild View Peak via a slide-covered section of the trail and from there is where it got interesting. Picked up the use trail dropping down to the "Spring" due east of Wild View to pick up Dawson Peak Trail (I use that term losely). Trail was well-defined until I crossed the second spring (both drinkable) and that's when the fun started. What ensued was over 2 hours of thrashing through overgrown trail/slopes and navigational challenges just to climb 1400'. Brush thinned out at about 8100' on west slope of Pine Mtn so I climbed the ridge proper. Topped out at 9400' on Pine Mtn, traversed over nasty rock to trail and back to road due to time. Figured why tag any of the peaks since I need to go back and get Dawson.

Moral to the story...Dawson Peak Trail is not much of a trail anymore. Still enjoyed the day though.
Posted Jul 25, 2011 10:14 pm

klotitoBaldy, Dawson, Pine  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2011


Hiked down a snowy north face of Baldy, up to Dawson, over to Pine and back down to Manker Flats. Great day!
Posted Jul 6, 2011 12:08 pm

MoapaPkOn way to Baldy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2011


From Guffy.
Posted Jun 27, 2011 2:46 am

GigaMikeFrom Baldy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2009


Hiked up Dawson Peak from Baldy on my way to Pine Mountain.
Posted Feb 4, 2011 1:13 pm

labglovesWith Pine and Baldy  Sucess!


Camped on the blue ridge the night before . . . got an early start with JQ. Hiked most of the way to Baldy with a nice dude we met along the way and his dog (mohawk).
Posted Dec 21, 2010 5:11 pm

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