Route Climbed: Heaton Trail ridge climb Date Climbed: April 28, 2002
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.
Route Climbed: Heaton Trail and up ridge Date Climbed: April 25, 2002
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).