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bechttBaldy to Iron Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2006

bechtt

Great hike (12.5 hours total) save for the heat, smog, missing the correct ridge on Iron, and running out of water. The San Gabriel river bath was an outstanding culimination to a tough day. Pictures
Posted Jul 3, 2006 3:30 pm

johnmRoute Climbed: Heaton Trail ridge climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 20, 2006

johnm

Early start still didn't beat the heat. Encountered a rattlesnake in the trailside Manzanita. View from the summit incredible. Consumed a gallon of water to the summit leaving a quart for the descent and ran dry at the saddle. On a warm afternoon and the 5 bumps to go it made for uncomfortable final push. As others have suggested, storing water at the saddle is the smart thing to do on a warm day.
Posted May 21, 2006 6:19 pm

Augie MedinaRoute Climbed: Heaton Flats Trail Date Climbed: Feb. 25, 2006  Sucess!

Augie Medina

A few of us in our group were returning to do the summit after being turned back the previous Saturday due to heavy snow and whiteout conditions above Allison Saddle. Today, the weather was perfect. Snow capped Mt. Baldy gave us great scenery all the way up. Our group of 7 made it to the top in 4 hrs. 45 minutes. There was still snow on the summit from last week's storm. Our return was 3 hours. This hike/climb is always a good workout.
Posted Mar 3, 2006 12:56 am

Augie MedinaRoute Climbed: Baldy-Iron Traverse from Manker Flat Date Climbed: June 2, 2001  Sucess!

Augie Medina

Left Manker Flat at 5:10 am. Summitted Baldy via the Ski Hut Trail. Delayed on summit for 1 and 1/2 hrs. due to injury to one of our party. Then to West Baldy and the beginning of the traverse of the San Antonio Ridge. Lots of up and down, scree, sharp Buckthorn and yucca along the route. Saw plane wreckage. Most fun was a section of 3d class rock as you approach Iron. Summitted Iron at 1:30 pm. Stayed about an hour and then embarked on the steep descent from Iron. Finished our outing at the Heaton Flat Trailhead at 6:30 pm.
Posted Feb 23, 2006 12:46 am

Rick KentRoute Climbed: Heaton Flat Trail Incl Iron-Baldy Traverse Date Climbed: February 4, 2006  Sucess!

Rick Kent

Hiked up from Heaton Flat in under 3.5 hours. Then did the traverse over to Baldy and back returning to Heaton Flat. 14 hrs 40 mins.
Posted Feb 6, 2006 5:15 pm

banjobonchRoute Climbed: Heaton Flat Trail Date Climbed: January 8, 2006  Sucess!

banjobonch

The four bumps route didn't look so bad on the trail to the saddle before you really start to climb. I was wrong. I was doubting I would make it as I started the third bump but kept telling myself if I didn't today, then I'd have to come back and do it over again and at the time I didn't want that. Roughly 8 hrs. round trip with many short breaks on the way up. It will be a long time before I go at it again.
Posted Jan 8, 2006 6:52 pm

grahamRoute Climbed: Heaton Flat, Iron Mt to Baldy Date Climbed: December 4, 2005  Sucess!

graham

Tony, Peter, Mike and I started at Heaton Flat TH at 5am, hiked up to Iron Mt (9:30), then across the San Antonio ridge to Baldy (3:40) and then down to Manker Flats (5:30). Hiked on cool & very windy day. Iron-Baldy hike/scramble is one of the hardest hikes I've done in SoCal. The San Antonio ridgeline involves some class 3 downclimbing. Took us ~12.5 hrs for the ~18 mi with ~10K gain
Posted Dec 6, 2005 1:22 am

peaksbaggerRoute Climbed: Heaton Flats to summit and back Date Climbed: April 30, 2005  Sucess!
They call this "Big Iron" for a reason. The trip took 12 hours round trip, but that includes a 1/2 hour break at Allison Saddle and 1 hour on the summit. We started at 4:00am and hiked the first two hours by headlamp. I was pleasantly surprised by the condition of the trail, both before and after the saddle. Some saint has trimmed all the pointy plants that surely would have pricked us at every turn. Confusing forks in the trail are carefully ducked. I took 1.5 gallons of water and stashed part of it at the saddle for the return trip. I used a little over half of the water. We were glad the day was a little overcast. The view from the top was excellent and was worth every step!
Posted May 2, 2005 9:55 am

timothyjkleinRoute Climbed: Iron Mountain Ridge to Baldy Date Climbed: May 04  Sucess!
East Fork to Iron Mountain to Baldy is one of the best hikes Ive done. Great exposure (but always safe) and very straitforward. Started at 6am and was at Manker Flats by 2pm. A must do!!
Posted Apr 3, 2005 11:48 pm

agorokhovRoute Climbed: Heaton Trail Date Climbed: October 23, 2004  Sucess!
Hiked with friends Mike and Alex.
Posted Oct 25, 2004 1:18 pm

mdostbyRoute Climbed: Heaton Trail Date Climbed: October 23, 2004  Sucess!

mdostby

Without a doubt the most difficult day hike I have done in the mountains of Southern California. Hiked with friends Miguel, and Alex.
Posted Oct 24, 2004 11:48 am

Scott M.Route Climbed: Traverse from Baldy Date Climbed: November 15, 1997  Sucess!

Scott M.

I had climbed this three times previously from Heaton Flats and had wanted to make this traverse. John Rosmus and I started at Manker Flats up to Baldy. Hit snow almost immediately (8500') and it was cold. We were in running shorts since we planned to run down from Iron to the car we had left at Heaton. Made the top of Baldy OK and started the traverse to Iron. There were a couple of Class 3 spots but not a big problem. Made the top of Iron after 6 hours. Had a fun run down over the bumps to Heaton Flats finishing after a total of 8 hours and 25 minutes. This is one of the toughest 17 milers I have done but worth it!
Posted Feb 16, 2004 11:27 am

kdonaldsonRoute Climbed: Heaton Date Climbed: Feb 7, 2004  Sucess!

kdonaldson

Climbed with notinkansas . Murray Z, and Cathy R. on a beautiful clear day. Murray and Cathy were somewhat ahead of us, but it took us approx 6 hours to summit, and 4:15 to decend. Temp on the summit was around 31 degree F with wind gusts to around 25 mph. One tough day hike!
Posted Feb 8, 2004 6:27 pm

notinkansasRoute Climbed: Heaton Date Climbed: Feb. 7, 2004  Sucess!

notinkansas

Climbed with

kdonaldson. It was a great day, beautiful weather. It was nice to hike as a team. I usually go solo.

Posted Feb 8, 2004 1:47 pm

sierradiscgolferRoute Climbed: Heaton Trail Date Climbed: 1/14/04  Sucess!

sierradiscgolfer

A long arduous climb. 6000' is a lot to go up, but down was even nastier being worn out from the hike up. Made it to the top from the saddle in ~2.5hrs the use trail was in pretty good shape,not hard to follow. Couldn't have done this without my buddy Dave(thank you my friend).
Posted Jan 15, 2004 10:14 am

songhikerRoute Climbed: Heaton Trail to Bumps to Iron! Date Climbed: October 11, 2003  Sucess!

songhiker

Phew! Reached the summit at 1:30pm, and didn't see one person the entire day! I've never done a hike with 6,000 ft. of elevation gain, especially when almost half of that is on steep crumbly terrain! I was exhausted.. I thought those "bumps" would never end! But I did only get 3 hours of sleep the previous night, and I haven't done a big peak hike in a few years. :O I was originally planning on doing the entire ridge hike from Iron Mountain, across the Ridge to Baldy and down. But that idea quickly vanished once I collapsed at the top of Iron Mountain, and realized that I didn't have enough energy to attempt the ridge.



Amazing views from the peak though. In fact, I stayed up there for an hour and a half, took a nap, refueled with food & water, and gazed longingly at the ridgeline connecting Baldy with Iron.. I'd like to hike it another time, perhaps approaching it from Baldy instead.
Posted Oct 13, 2003 1:31 pm

asmrzRoute Climbed: Heaton Trail ridge climb Date Climbed: April 28, 2002  Sucess!

asmrz

Penelope May and I hiked up the Main Trail, one of the longest, nastiest hikes in San Gabriels. 14 miles Round trip, 6,000+ feet of gain. We took 10+ hours car-to-car. As a joke, we ran the last mile downhill and the flat road to the car. Great, strenuous trip.
Posted Nov 27, 2002 7:06 am

RobertCharlesAltmanRoute Climbed: Heaton Trail and up ridge Date Climbed: April 25, 2002  Sucess!

RobertCharlesAltman

My strategy was to go for the bumps then summit:

Bump 5385', 805' gain, .52m

Bump 6138', 753' gain, .57m

Bump 7292', 1154' gain, .73m

Summit 8007', 715' gain, .42m



This worked wonderfully since it broke down the climb into manageable sections..

I did profiles for each of the four segments with Topo! and this made the hike essentially four climbs which were easy to handle rather than one huge climb.

Also with Topo! I found I could read how the grades changed throughout.. for instance the first leg to Bump 5385' starts out steep for the first quarter mile, then levels for for the second quarter mile.



It was a cloudy day with a 30% chance of Thunderstorms in the afternoon. I started early and fortunetely, there was no rain or lightening. It took me about 2 hours, 5 minutes from Heaton Trail top to the summit ( time of day time).

Posted May 9, 2002 5:53 am

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