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Augie MedinaRoute Run: Baldy Notch/Devil's Backbone Date Run: Sept. 1, 2003  Sucess!

Augie Medina

I've done the Labor Day race known as "Baldy Run to the Top" several times. The last mile up the bald south face in particular will leave you whimpering.
Posted Apr 13, 2006 10:15 pm

jazamooRe: Route Run: Baldy Notch/Devil's Backbone Date Run: Sept. 1, 2003


"will leave you wimpering" made me laugh :)

what and when is the "baldy run to the top"? sounds hardcore!

Posted May 29, 2006 5:25 am

Zhenya77Sierra Club Ski Hut Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 26, 2006


It was a nice sunny weather that Sunday morning. The forecast for the High Sierra Mountains weather left much to be desired. We had to postpone our climb and as an alternative Mt.Baldy fell as an excellent mountain to test the gear and to get in shape most of the people in our party. The ski down was good with the exception of the numerous rocks that scratched my skies to a great extend. It a good mountain to get everything organized before the real climbing season begins.
Posted Apr 6, 2006 9:57 pm

EManBevHillsApril Fools  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 2, 2006


A slow slog to the top -- but the skiing was superb 'cause we got an early start. Above 9400' the snow was delightful. Lower elevations slushed up considerably by the afternoon...


Posted Apr 3, 2006 10:56 pm

usarock69Winter time
Date Climbed: Mar 25, 2006


Left at 9am from Manker Flat. Ready for some snow action, I put on my Koflachs and took crampons and snowshoes with me. Until I reached the notch, I didn't need any of them. The trail was nice, with some patches of ice, but otherwise OK. I put on my snowshoes for the Devil's Backbone ridge, the snow was deep there. It was a great winter training worth every step.
Posted Mar 30, 2006 5:25 am

EManBevHillsGreat Ski Down 3 Pin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 26, 2006


Was pleasantly surprised at how beauteous the snow was. It sure helped getting a 4 AM start!

Will Wyles Contemplates a Chute Descent
Posted Mar 29, 2006 4:46 am

Matt WorsterWhited out  Sucess!

Matt Worster

Call it experience-building. Went up the ski bowl and forgot to check the compass and descended 2000 feet down the wrong side. Nothing to do by ascend back into the storm and go down the right way. It's easy to get messed up sometimes.
Posted Mar 28, 2006 10:10 pm

Luciano136Ski-hut trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2006


Went on what was supposed to be a beautiful day. Partly cloudy in the morning but a blizzard hit just as we reached the summit. See also my trip report:


I hike Baldy regularly as a training hike.
Posted Mar 24, 2006 4:53 pm

EleutherosDevils Backbone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2005


First hike in the San Gabriels. Worth every step.
Posted Mar 17, 2006 7:07 pm

ExploreABitMoreSki Hut  Sucess!


This was probably my second favorite mountain (next to Strawberry) when I lived in LA. Did the ski hut trail quite a few times - the bowl was always a nice snow climb.
Posted Mar 9, 2006 6:37 pm

EManBevHillsThin Cover  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 4, 2006


Skinned to summit from near the new Baldy Bowl Trail sign (at the major switchback heading toward the ridge, 1/3 mile above the hut). Coverage was thin, but the snow was much more consolidated than I expected. Not enough to ski the bowl, so skiied the trees along the trail. Lots of people out enjoying the day.
Posted Mar 5, 2006 8:48 pm

markhyamsSki Hut Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2005


Great hike so close to LA. Who knew? I guess a lot of people know.
Posted Mar 5, 2006 6:55 pm

EManBevHillsMultiple Climbs  Sucess!


Hiked/skied Baldy several times each year since I moved to LA in 1996. Usual route is Baldy Bowl, but have ascended Register Ridge, Devil's Backbone and Bear Canyon as well. Skied the North side a few times, too.
Posted Feb 20, 2006 6:42 pm

Augie MedinaRoute Climbed: Register Ridge Date Climbed: March 9, 2003  Sucess!

Augie Medina

This ridge route is a tough, tough route. Picked it up by the Ski Hut Trail sign-in register. Steep, steep, steep. Encountered some knee deep snow. Followed the ridge to the saddle between Harwood and Baldy and then up the south face to the summit. Returned via the Bowl and Ski Hut Trail.
Posted Feb 10, 2006 10:08 pm

Augie MedinaRoute Climbed: Baldy Bowl Date Climbed: April 9, 2005  Sucess!

Augie Medina

This was a wonderful snow climb. Just as we began our ascent of the bowl, we were witness to the helicopter rescue of a climber who had tumbled down some portion of it and injured himself. We summitted at 12:35 pm and were back down to Manker Flat by 3:20.
Posted Feb 10, 2006 8:31 pm

jskillsRoute Climbed: Ski Hut Date Climbed: February 4th, 2006  Sucess!


A sunny day with little wind up until the summit. Unfortunately there wasn't much snow to use our crampons. My first climb was definitely rewarded with a wonderful view from the summit.
Posted Feb 8, 2006 12:10 am

Cookie AddictRoute Climbed: Ski Hut Route Date Climbed: Febuary 5, 2006  Sucess!

Cookie Addict

Amazing Weather! Sunny and clear blue skies. Little ice and snow coverage. Was joined on the sumit by about 10 members of a Korean Alpine Club. From Truck to summit to truck was 5 hours.
Posted Feb 6, 2006 12:20 am

Augie MedinaRoute Climbed: Ski Hut Trail Date Climbed: January 22, 2006  Sucess!

Augie Medina

A glorious day for a summit of Baldy and West Baldy. The winds were howling and the top was cold, but this made for an exhilarating ambience. Crampons were necessary above the ski hut.
Posted Feb 3, 2006 6:38 pm

dubGRoute Climbed: Baldy Bowl Trail Date Climbed: 1/22/2006  Sucess!


Started out saturday (1/21/2006), took the baldy bowl trail. The trail was clear of snow and ice until shortly after the ski hut. As soon as the rocky section begins (where you're travelling west along the base of the bowl), it starts to get icy. Crampons required from here on, pretty much all the way to the top. There is a span of about a quarter mile after the trail reaches the ridge of the bowl and turns north that does not have enough ice to use your crampons but that's it. We ended up camping around the area where the trail meets the ridge of the bowl. We summited Baldy on Sunday (1/22/2006) morning, very cold and windy at the top, but that was already expected. Headed back down the same way. This was my third summit of Baldy, but the first time in the winter. This is an awesome peak.
Posted Jan 22, 2006 11:45 pm

peakbagerRoute Climbed: Devils Backbone Date Climbed: June 1998  Sucess!


Nice climb, Walking up the road sucked but it was a super clear day and you could see for miles
Posted Jan 19, 2006 10:06 pm

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