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cuprinaRoute Climbed: Blue Ridge Trail Date Climbed: June 23rd, 2002  Sucess!
Had a great day at the mountain. While away hikining, somebody broke in my car parked at Guffy Campground and stole all cloths and a sleeping bag. At least the car was a rental...
Posted Mar 13, 2003 4:06 pm

RickFRoute Climbed: Devil's Backbone Date Climbed: April 20, 2002  Sucess!


Having bagged several of the major peaks in Southern California, Mt. Baldy offers the most spectacular views. On our first visit to the summit the previous year, my brother and I could see not only Catalina Island but San Clemente Island as well. We could also see Gorgonio, Jacinto, Palomar, Santiago, Baden-Powell, Wilson, the Tehachapis, the entire high desert, the Antelope Valley and much more.
Posted Mar 12, 2003 8:35 am

TooBigToClimbRoute Climbed: Ski Hut Trail to Backbone to Lifts Date Climbed: Feb 9, 2003  Sucess!
Great day with nice weather. Very little snow. Encountered a little snow and ice coming out of the bowl, but other than that just small patches here and there. No need for crampons or ice axe at this time. Windy and cold at the top and down the backbone.
Posted Feb 10, 2003 8:40 am

phomchickRoute Climbed: San Antonio Ski Hut Trail Date Climbed: February 1, 2003  Sucess!


A beautiful day on the mountain with some strong and cold winds at the top, but things couldn't have been too bad, as I met a climber on the summit nattily attired in hiking shorts. Also met about thirty other folks and seven or so dogs. There is very little snow on Baldy this year – only some big patches on the slopes climbing out of Baldy Bowl. The big storms of late December 2002, blew over and destroyed the outhouse at the Sierra Club Ski Hut. I suspect there will be a project to rebuild it this spring. (I heard about the Columbia tragedy from another hiker near the top, we hadn't listened to the radio during the drive to the mountain and were oblivious to the days sad events).
Posted Feb 2, 2003 2:31 pm

43moonRoute Climbed: Manker Flats to Baldy Summit Date Climbed: January 25, 2003  Sucess!


It was an amazing day today. It was difficult to believe that it was January. We didn't encounter any snow until crossing the bowl. The snow wasn't too bad going up (I didn't bring my snowshoes). We summited at about 3pm. The temperature on the summit was about 40 degrees. The winds were very strong. The temperature was dropping on our way down. As a result, the snow was turning to ice. It made it difficult to walk on the trail. We had to go off-trail to avoid slipping. Crampons would not have hurt.

We encountered a few adventurous people that were going to spend the night.
Posted Jan 25, 2003 9:33 pm

medicpennDate Climbed: spring 02  Sucess!


it was windy and cold!
Posted Jan 8, 2003 3:07 pm

agorokhovRoute Climbed: Ski Hut Date Climbed: December 2001  Sucess!
Posted Jan 3, 2003 3:09 pm

agorokhovRoute Climbed: The central Bowl Date Climbed: December 30, 2002  Sucess!
Posted Jan 3, 2003 3:08 pm

asmrzRoute Climbed: The central Bowl Date Climbed: December 24th 2002


On the Christmas Eve day of 2002, Michael Gordon, Joe LeMay, Babu Sherpa Long Chen and I, all of us from SCMA, hiked up the central bowl from San Antonio hut. We found some soft snow, breakable crust, frozen snow, touches of hard ice and steep terrain up the gully. Beautiful, cloudy day in Southern California and nobody else on the mountain. Had very "interesting" descent down the bowl without ice axes and crampons. A bit sporting, even for very experienced group of alpinists. My 130th time on the top.
Posted Dec 31, 2002 4:21 pm

stephenzRoute Climbed: Baldy Bowl from Manker flat Date Climbed: 17 NOV 2002  Sucess!


Attempted baldy a month ago via the blue ridge trail and failed to make it. last time stoped at pine mountain and turned around. this time i decided to take a more direct route. The baldy bowl trail was steeper than i had expected and my wife didn't let me forget about that. sure is a nice feeling to get to the top. Beutiful day, lovely skies and views for miles.

Posted Nov 21, 2002 8:01 pm

asmrzRoute Climbed: Various Date Climbed: Between 1973 and 2002


My home Summit Logs indicate, that I climbed Mt.Baldy some 129 times between 1973 and 2002.

Some trips I remember, in 1983, Miguel Carmona and I climbed the South Ridge to the summit, slept there, then did the traverse of the 3 "T" peaks to Ice House Canyon and from there climbed Ontario Peak and back to car. This was overnight trip with snow on the ground in late December. It was some 10,000 feet of elevation gain and 27 miles of snow hiking.

In December of 1999, in incredible wind and snow storm (60mph?), Miguel and I crawled on all four to the summit, only to see two other guys do the same. Michael Gordon (see the Baldy Main Page photo) and Johny (Downtown) Brown were the other insane people on the summit that day.

We climbed the mountain in just over two hours via San Antonio Hut in 1994, with 50 lbs packs, preparing for Himalayan Expedition.

That hill is an incredible training ground for all of us in Southern California. Love it!
Posted Nov 14, 2002 2:35 pm

notinkansasRoute Climbed: Bear Canyon route, Ski hut route, Baldy Notch route. Date Climbed: 3 times 2000, 2001, 2002  Sucess!


The Bear Canyon route is the most strenuous and arguably the most rewarding. An excellent route to measure your personal ascent capabilities in terms of elevation gain per hour.
Posted Nov 1, 2002 9:44 pm

pilz8Route Climbed: San Antonio ski hut trail Date Climbed: 9-14-02  Sucess!


A nice hike! We saw a nice healthy big horn ram on the way up. The views were good.
Posted Sep 14, 2002 4:58 pm

scottybRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: June 1999  Sucess!


Great Hike with Charles from BCCF
Posted Aug 26, 2002 11:22 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: Devils Backbone (ascent) / Village Trail (descent) Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2002  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Started at 3:45p, made the summit in 2hrs. Windy at the notch, but pleasant on the summit. Planned to take the Ski Hut trail returning, but took the wrong trail. After climbing Baldy West (that little bump to the southwest), I ended up on the Village Trail. Very long, but quite scenic. Dumped me out in the backwoods of Mt. Baldy Village, I swear I thought I was in Topanga Canyon, La Honda, or some other throwback to the 60s. Almost spooky. I thumbed a ride back to my car 3mi back up the road. Total hiking time, 3.5hrs. Climbed Caliente Mtn, Sawmill Mtn, and Mt. Pinos earlier in the day as day 1 of a 3-day So. Cal county highpoint bag-fest. Yes, I'm a moron. Trip Report
Posted Aug 6, 2002 5:38 pm

madclimberRoute Climbed: Devil's Backbone Date Climbed: July 20th, 2002  Sucess!


An all inclusive trip, we went up Devil's Backbone on the ascent and decended through the Sierra Club Ski Hut Trail. On the way back we took an extra special detour through Manker Cutoff, not recommended. The trail is a proposed advanced bike trail and is not maintained, the trail has a lot of loose rocks and you can fall down easily.
Posted Jul 23, 2002 6:36 pm

Glenn CampbellRoute Climbed: Baldy Notch/Devil's Backbone Date Climbed: July 13, 2002  Sucess!

Glenn Campbell

Mike Dornheim and myself reached the summit from Manker Flat, hiking in the afternoon and coming back after dark. It took us about 7 hours, car to car, and I used about 3 liters of water.
Posted Jul 17, 2002 8:20 am

43moonRoute Climbed: San Antonio Ski Hut Trail Date Climbed: 07/13/02  Sucess!


This was my second attempt at Baldy. My friends and I made an attempt in May, but the entire mountain was covered in clouds/fog. When we made that attempt everything was covered in ice and we even got caught in a small hale storm. Eventually the cold got the best of us and we called it a day after passing the boulder field.

Two months later and we went for it again. We hit the trailhead at about 8:30 and made very good time getting to the ski hut. Some menacing looking clouds had started forming over the summit. Luckily the clouds blocked the sun for most of our climb past the boulder field. As we neared the top, some climbers on their way down advised us that there was a lot of lightning coming from the clouds.

We hit the summit at about 12:30. We ate lunch and watched the lightning strikes hitting across the valley between us and the Baden-Powell area. We left the summit at about 1:30.

Moments after leaving the summit, I was shocked to realise that I had drank all of the water in my 3 liter bladder. Luckily we had a spare 16 ounce bottle of water to last me for the descent.

The descent was rather trying. The heat of the day was in full-effect, and there was no cloud-cover to protect us. Heat became a major factor as we passed the ski hut. It made for very slow going.

We made it back to the car at 4:30. If you plan to do this hike in the summer, be sure to bring plenty of water.
Posted Jul 13, 2002 6:49 pm

daniellwuRoute Climbed: From the top of the ski lift Date Climbed: July 29, 2001  Sucess!


easy day hike from the top of the ski lift.
Posted Jul 7, 2002 9:41 pm

timibeRoute Climbed: Manker Flats to Devil's Backbone Date Climbed: May 11, 2002  Sucess!


This was my first solo hike, and my first real elevation. It was exciting and scarey, and I loved it!
Posted Jun 24, 2002 3:03 pm

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