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apachedinovia the North Backbone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2017


North Backbone Trail (AKA the REAL backbone) along with Dawson and Pine.

We came for the FYF festival that weekend and to detox from the festivities we decided a to gnab a few Ultras (Gorgonio the next day) while in the area and visiting my brother. Note at this time the Blue Ridge Truck trail was gated after Guffy Campground making it 1.5 miles longer each way (though a fairly flat 1.5 miles that can be traveled on the excellent PCT.) A truck or jeep or mountain bike could make it past the gate at a steep bypass to the true TH.

I was surprised at how much I like this trail given my overall low opinion of the LA area. We saw nobody until the summit and although the views to the ocean were hazy they gave the peaks a nice layered look. The forest was up to Pine mountain with Sugar, Ponderosa and eventually a very nice limber pine forest with one very peculiar and ancient incense cedar growing on the ridge that had twisted to look more like an old bristlecone than an incense cedar. Fun day, tomorrow was San Gorgonio.

Ultra #40 and U.S. Super prominence peak (4,000+ ft prominence) #71/142, halfway baby!
Posted Aug 4, 2017 11:47 am

haha1Mt. Baldy  Sucess!
Oh I've lost count at the number of times I've been to the top of Baldy. I've been up three different routes and down three different routes - The Ski Hut trail (Baldy Bowl), Register Ridge and then down the Devils Backbone, up the Baldy Village (Bear Canyon Trail) and down the same way. The second time I did the Baldy Village trail, I left my bike at Manker Flat and came down the Ski Hut trail. Oh, I've also been down the scree slope between Baldy and Harwood at least three times.
Posted Jul 29, 2017 11:31 pm

orbitorWinter Ascent 2014  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 1, 2014


Winter ascent, up via Register Ridge, down via the Ski Hut.
Posted Mar 22, 2017 7:30 pm

Snowman of AnnapurnaFall down Baldy Bowl
Date Climbed: Feb 24, 2017

Snowman of Annapurna

Climbed up to the top of the Baldy Bowl. My GPS said I was 300 feet from the top. However, I slipped and fell... all the way down to the ski hut. I probably should have died, but I caught a tree on the way down. There were 6 other climbers who witnessed it. My GPS says I fell 1000 feet.
Posted Feb 26, 2017 12:44 pm

Snowman of AnnapurnaNorth Backbone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2015

Snowman of Annapurna

Long day, 6 am to 6 pm. Wasn't expecting so much snow.
Posted Jan 31, 2017 6:51 pm

WheelbarrowThanksgiving Sunrise Baldy Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2016


For my inaugural Baldy hike I went up Ski Hut Route and down Devil's Backbone. The sad part was when I was hiking down underneath the ski lift I was actually going faster than the lift. On the other hand, this hike was so beautiful I did it 2 more times in that month. It's been the perfect mountain to introduce myself to winter mountaineering!
Posted Jan 21, 2017 5:40 am

utclimberLoop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 11, 2016
Hiked a loop up the Baldy Bowl trail and down the Devil's Backbone. Very little snow, and took about 2.25 hours up, and 4h 20m round trip. My 33rd ultra prominence peak.
Posted Dec 12, 2016 10:37 pm

usctrojan04Nice trip out.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 1, 2016
I have avoided this one for years, but finally felt it was time to hit up an LA classic. A bit windy on the top and the crowds were insane, but beautiful none the less.
Posted Dec 4, 2016 12:56 pm

wannabepeakbaggerfrom Devils backbone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2016


Nice 3 peak day. Not too crowded on a Friday in mid-November.
Posted Nov 24, 2016 1:32 pm

EastKing3 peak traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 4, 2016


Three peak traverse. Why haven't I come to California in November earlier. Via Devils Backbone.
Posted Nov 4, 2016 10:37 pm

climber46nice loop hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2006


My hike of Baldy got off to a tough start when I had trouble finding the trail. I slipped on some loose rocks and cut my arm. I concluded that the mountain was impossible to climb this way so I turned back. Then I found the trail and had a great loop hike over the ski trails, Devils backbone and then down the other trail. The LA basin was covered in fog.
Posted Oct 24, 2016 8:25 am

LeftenantDan3-Peak Repeat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2016


Beginning to make this a pattern Mankr-DBB-Baldy-WBaldy-Baldy-Harwood-DBB-Mankr- why climb one when you can climb all three along the same ridge?
Posted Oct 11, 2016 2:13 am

socalpeakbaggerA SoCal Classic!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2012


It gets crowded but what can you do? It's a fun hike to the summit no matter which way you choose!
Posted Jul 6, 2016 12:27 am

Lenny72Adventure 16 3-Peak Challenge!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2016


Climbed this as part of the Adventure 16 3-Peak Challenge. I hiked Mount San Antonio, Mount San Gorgonio, and Mount San Jacinto in three days (nearly 41 miles). Very challenging! For this first peak, I camped at Manker Flat then hiked up the fairly steep and strenuous Ski Hut Trail in very hot weather. I then managed to get stung by a bee in the armpit at the summit! Overall, an excellent hike.
Posted Jul 1, 2016 1:00 pm

ScottWhitneyBoundMy 12th summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2016


Went up the Bear Canyon Trail, down the Ski Hut Trail, then got a ride from Manker Flat back to my car in the Village.
Posted Jun 20, 2016 10:18 pm

DukeJHFitness Check via Ski Hut Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2016


A fitness check 4 weeks before a big trip. Late and hot start on a Memorial Day afternoon.
Posted May 31, 2016 2:14 pm

JonodoDevils Backbone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 22, 2016


Nice day with my dad and brother. Took a bit longer as my dad hikes a bit slower these days but for a 78 year old person I think that's ok! Nice to get out.
Posted May 24, 2016 3:02 pm

Lenny72Success on Mount Baldy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 3, 2016


Hiked to the summit via Devil's Backbone under perfect weather conditions, alongside wounded veterans and others climbing to raise money for injured veterans through The Heroes Project. Met and spoke with Tim Medvetz from Discovery Channel's Everest: Beyond the Limit who founded The Heroes Project. Awesome guy doing awesome things!
Posted Apr 4, 2016 8:09 pm

nartrebsecond attempt  Sucess!


My first attempt via Bear Canyon took too long, so I turned around.
I went straight up Baldy Bowl this time. Good fun in the sun and snow.
Posted Mar 2, 2016 6:56 pm

scgrantMount San Antonio  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2015


First of the Three Saints on this three day weekend. Fun hike with Jobe hitting Harwood first, then Baldy and West Baldy.
Posted Dec 1, 2015 9:21 pm

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