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BlairDevil's Backbone speed ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2006


3h 48m! We ran up and down the backbone, and it was fun! Finally got the three saintly mountains of socal! Worst view of the three,a really smoggy day.After spending a year training in the San Gorgonio wilderness, this was a walk in the park!
Posted Nov 12, 2006 4:50 pm

flahautAll Alone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2006


Hiked up late Friday night and spent the night on the summit. Beautiful full moon. Didn't even need to turn my headlamp on. Didn't see a soul until about 9:00 a.m. on Saturday when the day-hikers began congregating.
Posted Nov 6, 2006 3:48 pm

rematoreMt. Baldy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2006


This was my first mountain above 10k ft. All-in-all, it went well. I climbed the devils backbone trail after mistakenly going directly up the ski slopes, which were quite steep. At times they were over 35% grade. Not having done much climbing before this, I started at a blistering pace....progressively slowing until the lodge at the top of the first ski slope.

After that, all went well. I summitted and was back at my car in about 4 hours. I basically ran down the hill because I was afraid that my rental car would be locked in the parking area.

Good times though!!
Posted Oct 29, 2006 6:09 am

gruntDevil's Backbone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 28, 2006


Great weather, but the view was increasingly obscured by smoke from the Esperanza fire. Lots of people out on the trail and summit. Couldn't find a summit register, but enjoyed a nice long rest reclining in one of the many windbreaks. My first SoCal highpoint.
Posted Oct 29, 2006 1:28 am

mlarkin2002Various - 3X  Sucess!
Various dayhikes, all from Baldy notch. One in 1993, one in 2001, one in 2005.
Posted Oct 17, 2006 10:49 pm

whaynalDevil's Backbone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 6, 2006


Great trail. Great weather. First time above 10k feet.
Posted Oct 4, 2006 1:56 am

surgentLived in its shadow for 21 years  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2000


Finally got around to hiking it 8 years after I moved out of the LA area. Fun hike, but very hot and exposed to the sun. Heatwave in SoCal at that time. Ran low on water, stumbled out to my truck ... thank heavens there was a small pub just down the road!
Posted Sep 18, 2006 7:29 pm

rhyangDevil's Backbone (ascent), Ski Hut (descent)  Sucess!


Day-hiked in September 2003. Lots of haze over the LA basin.
Posted Sep 18, 2006 1:55 pm

MakeItHappenCheck it oooout
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006


See my Ski Hut Trail Route log post. Good conditioning hike.
Posted Sep 15, 2006 9:14 pm

Smith938000 Meter Challenge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2006


The 8000 Meter Challenge is a competition sponsored by JanSport between all outdoor retail companies; for example REI, SportChalet and Adventure 16. You have to summit Mt. Baldy, San Gorgonio Mountain and San Jacinto Peak in 24 hours. This was the first of the three peaks. We all began hiking at 4:50am, I summited at 6:57am and arrived back at the cars at 8:20. Total hiking time was 3 hours and 30 minuets. It was a very beautiful day and temperatures were nice throughout the hike.
Posted Sep 9, 2006 12:39 am

Travis_Baldy and 3 T's + Harwood  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2005


Did all 5 peaks in the heat! Crazy but fun.
Posted Sep 7, 2006 3:32 am

MelbaToastBear Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2006


Still training for Whitney on Sept. 9. Hot day but nice route.
Posted Sep 5, 2006 2:02 am

mdostbyAnother nice day on Baldy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2006


Nice casual hike up the ski hut trail and down the backbone. Very warm day. Hiked with long time friend John.
Posted Sep 1, 2006 2:31 am

MelbaToastUnder the Lift  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2006


Went with my friend Bill who wanted to hike up under the ski lift and do the Backbone Trail. Kinda crazy but we did it. Gorgeous day with a nice cool breeze. That first part was steep, 1300' in a mile. We're training for Whitney in a couple of weeks. Nice day.
Posted Aug 28, 2006 4:23 am

derbillySoCal HP Extravaganza  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2005


2nd SoCal highpoint. We took the lift to Devils Backbone. Pretty nice day. We could see the other 3 highpoints from the summit.
Posted Aug 17, 2006 4:05 pm

kngalaricMany a good time  Sucess!


I've hiked up Baldy so many times, I can't even count them all. My favorite time was when clouds covered the earth at 6000' feet. All the peaks around SoCal were identifiable, but the smog and garbage was not!

Magnificent when the views are clear, pretty good even when they aren't.
Posted Aug 7, 2006 11:13 pm

sdhagerRoute Climbed:Devil's Backbone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2006


1st California Climb. Awesome view of ascent route from summit. Great desert views.
Posted Aug 5, 2006 9:32 pm

Smith93Ski hut trail/ Devils Backbone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2006


Training hike for my upcoming Mt. Whitney trek and for the 8000 meter challenge in September. Ran into 6 REI employees from the Rancho Cucamonga store on the way up and then on the way out I met another two employees from the San Diego store. Plus me that made 9 REI employees climbing Mt. Baldy that day and they were the only people I met up there. Weird...
Posted Jul 6, 2006 4:43 pm

Brian JenkinsSki Hut Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2006

Brian Jenkins

While visitng my brother in LA, Anette and I hiked up this one. Started out at the TH at 9:30 am, hiked up to the hut pretty slowly and rested there a while chatting with the hutkeeper. Then went across the traverse to the ridge and slowly worked our way up. Better scenery than I expected. San Antonio Falls is nice (and popular) and the manzanita patches were great. Huge pinecones everywhere. At about 9200 feet on the last bit before the summit, Annie started to experience an altitude headache so we did not linger long at the summit.

Made our way back down a lot quicker and at one point, I was looking at a lizard on the side of the trail and I misstepped. Did a nice faceplant on the trail. Sweet bruise on my arm to show for it. Always impressive! ;- ) All in all, it was a much nicer hike than I expected. Such a great place right next to 15 million people. Hope to get back down there sometime to get up Gorgonio and Jacinto.
Posted Jul 5, 2006 7:13 pm

ridgelineSki Hut Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006


Nice and direct, up and down in a flash, great weather.
Posted Jul 3, 2006 12:22 am

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