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usarock69Route Climbed: Devil's Backbone Date Climbed: October 30, 2004

usarock69

We took the ski lift up to Baldy Notch, had some tea and then headed to the top. Snow was everywhere. I later regreted leaving my ice ax in my truck, but it was still doable without it with extra caution. We climbed the ridge which was in part challenging, but also fun. Later on the snow started to melt on the south side, but as we continued to higher elevation, it became more solid and we even found some patches of ice. We met a few climbers/hikers that day, none of them made it to the summit as far as I know. We too decided to turn around half way on the final summit approach. We were running out of time to get back to the ski lift, plus the wind started to pick up and it was rather chilly. We still managed to brew some tea and take pictures. On the way down, the snow was frozen in some places, but otherwise in good condition. We made it back to the ski lift in no time and were happy to spend such a great day in such a beautiful weather on the mountain.
Posted Nov 3, 2004 6:44 pm

ShanoRoute Climbed: various Date Climbed: spring 2004  Sucess!

Shano

great training for getting up over 10k in SoCal.

Too bad all the crowds trash the place on snowy winter weekends. Someone should make a law...
Posted Oct 28, 2004 3:12 pm

Don NelsenRoute Climbed: Dear Canyon Date Climbed: April 26, 2004  Sucess!

Don Nelsen

I'd been looking up at Baldy all week while I was in Pomona for a trade show and since I had to work the weekend, I took this Monday off and got a little peak-bagging done!



Parked on the street in front of the ranger station in town and took off up the road on the left toward the trail. Fantastic old growth Incense Cedars - got to be about the biggest anywhere in this canyon.



The trail is a bit overgrown in places - had to squeeze sideways to avoid getting scratched up - more of our forest pass dollars NOT at work.



Made the summit in 4 1/2 hours - It was 102 in Ontario that day and the summit was a surprisingly cool 60 or so with a foot of snow or more in places on the top. Decided to make a loop out of it after talking to a couple of guys at the summit who told me what trail to take down to do that. Started back by going due south on a trail that then turned east and dropped down a steep slope. Ended up at Manker Flat and had to run about 4 more miles down the road to get to my car - A guy I passed on the trail and talked to briefly caught up with me and gave me a ride the last couple of miles - George, wherever you are - thanks! - I was really tired, whether I admitted it at the time or not!



Beautiful place. Will do it again when I get the chance.
Posted Sep 24, 2004 8:39 pm

GlennGRoute Climbed: Bear Flat-Out Icehouse canyon Date Climbed: September 12, 2004  Sucess!

GlennG

Beautiful along devils backbone, had been up multiple times and never seen icehouse canyon, worth it.
Posted Sep 21, 2004 1:15 pm

pusdkq6eeRoute Climbed: BEAR CANYON TRAIL Date Climbed: 9/18/04  Sucess!

pusdkq6ee

It is a steep, long hike. about 7 mile one way, and 5000' elevation gain; good for training hike to Mt. Whitney.
Posted Sep 20, 2004 10:47 am

thebeave7Route Climbed: Hut Trail Date Climbed: Sept 16th, 2004  Sucess!

thebeave7

The first mountain of our brutal 8000m Challenge. A lovely sunrise hike, and a fun start to an amazing day.
Posted Sep 19, 2004 7:05 pm

Dennis PoulinRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: 6 September 2004  Sucess!

Dennis Poulin

Beautiful climb with only a couple of hikers on the way up. I got to the top just as the the winner in the 35th annual Mt. Baldy Run to the Top crossed the finish line. I was soon joined by more than 500 runners running up the trail from the ski lift. I descended against the tide tide of runners and was back at the car 4.5 hours after I started. This was my 100th County High Point.
Posted Sep 14, 2004 5:50 pm

AlRoute Climbed: Up San Antonio ski hut trail, down by Devils Backbone & Baldy Notch to Manker Flats Date Climbed: Jun 27, 04  Sucess!

Al

Posted Sep 8, 2004 11:17 am

tahoeberneRoute Climbed: Devil's Backbone Date Climbed: Circa 1964  Sucess!

tahoeberne

I remember the bent over metal support poles along the steep and narrow backbone section. I have skied Baldy in the winter when I lived in Los Angeles.
Posted Aug 13, 2004 11:29 pm

n8jojohnsonRoute Climbed: Bear Canyon, Manker Flats Date Climbed: July 24, 2004; September 2004  Sucess!

n8jojohnson

Wowsers. What a beast. Did this 6000', 6 mile climb as a training hike for Rainier - and those switchbacks in the mountain desert the first 3 miles or so got me. I was totally humbled when I had to stop periodically to catch my breath. Reached the summit in 3 hours, back down in 2.5.
Posted Aug 7, 2004 11:04 pm

t511aRoute Climbed: All Date Climbed: Since 1997  Sucess!

t511a

Have summited at least fifty different times. A great way to spend a Saturday morning. For something you'll never forget, try an ascent by full moon and chill on the summit til sunrise.
Posted Jul 21, 2004 8:19 pm

MgrossRoute Climbed: Baldy Bowl Date Climbed: June 5, 2004  Sucess!

Mgross

A nice hike with good easterly views. Lots of people on the summit. I highly recommend doing this in Spring or fall. The Summer is a bit too warm.
Posted Jul 19, 2004 6:10 pm

MelbaToastRoute Climbed: Devil's Backbone Date Climbed: October 1999  Sucess!

MelbaToast

The Backbone Trail was intimidating in some places for an inexperienced hiker...steep sides that fall away for what looks like miles...but it was a thrill to get to the top. I forgot about getting back down! Fun trip that I'd love to do again.
Posted Jul 7, 2004 1:46 am

pusdkq6eeRoute Climbed: hike up: Skit Hut Trail, hike down: Devils Backbone Date Climbed: July 4 2004  Sucess!

pusdkq6ee

Every time going up there is an excitment.; good training hike. beautifull view eventhough there are many smog in S. Ca. GO THERE AGAIN AND AGAIN
Posted Jul 4, 2004 7:28 pm

pusdkq6eeRoute Climbed: skit hut trail Date Climbed: June 26 2004  Sucess!

pusdkq6ee

It is very steep. I hiked up before; may be I am older now. It was a good hike.



psudkq6ee
Posted Jul 2, 2004 10:17 am

RobertCharlesAltmanRoute Climbed: Baldy Notch/Devil's Backbone Date Climbed: 6/20/2002  Sucess!

RobertCharlesAltman

I enjoyed the area today. I took the road up to the ski area, and visited Thunder, Harwood and finally Baldy. I was very happy to see a herd of Bighorn Sheep up there and snapped some fine photos. Lovely area.
Posted Jun 22, 2004 12:57 am

Shaun MatyasRoute Climbed: San Antonio Ski Hut Trail Date Climbed: February, 2003  Sucess!

Shaun Matyas

This is the only hike in which I feel I cheated, we parked at the lot and paid to take the ski lift up, which feels weird without a snowboard under my feet, yet, from the hut, the hike was fun and the wind-n-snow added to the excitement.
Posted Jun 11, 2004 7:54 pm

sierradiscgolferRoute Climbed: Baldy Notch/Devil's Backbone Date Climbed: June 6, 2004  Sucess!

sierradiscgolfer

My first night time summit on a gorgeous moonlit night. I summitted at 2am, slept till ~6am and awoke to a huge swarm of moths.
Posted Jun 8, 2004 10:39 am

Mike ZastoupilRoute Climbed: Devils Backbone / Ski Hut Date Climbed: 5/23/04  Sucess!

Mike Zastoupil

My dog and I had a great trip. It was great to get above the clouds.
Posted May 27, 2004 1:52 pm

395guyRoute Climbed: Bear Canyon/Baldy Village Trail Date Climbed: May 22, 2004  Sucess!

395guy

Great day for a hike. 6000' elevation gain on this steep 6-mile trip. Hiked with my hiking buddy Dan. Took our time. Headed up the trail at 6am. On top at 10:30am. Quite a few people on top (20-30?). Went over to west peak of Baldy before heading back down. The hike down is not too much fun due to its steepness and loose scree. First time up this trail, although second time on top of Baldy. Great hike. Met a man on the way up who was hiking this trail for the 123rd time!
Posted May 22, 2004 8:47 pm

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