Mount San Antonio (Mount Baldy) Climber's Log
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|Some of the funniest hiking locally in So Cal.|
|Posted May 3, 2008 1:06 pm|
|Climbed by various routes in various seasons from 1999-2004.|
|Posted Apr 20, 2008 12:08 pm|
|Fins129||great hike |
Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2007
|Up the ski hut and down devil's backbone.|
Fun during the winter too up the bowl.
|Posted Apr 10, 2008 2:39 am|
|Went with the family, great way to get above the smog.|
|Posted Mar 16, 2008 10:31 pm|
|david whiting||Don't do this at night in winter |
Date Climbed: Dec 27, 1998
|After being very kind to two stupid, inexperienced hiker-climbers, Baldy let us summit her after spanking us pretty bad on a crazy, snowy attempt in the dark. Learn - and live!|
|Posted Mar 15, 2008 6:59 pm|
|jmc||Blue Bird day |
Date Climbed: Mar 9, 2008
|A little windy on top. Good snow conditions.|
|Posted Mar 10, 2008 4:27 pm|
|JCarlson||Baldy Bowl |
Date Climbed: Feb 19, 2008
|My first snow climb. Climbed to the skihut and went up the right side of the bowl. Had beautiful weather and only saw two other folks the whole day. Clouds covering the valley floor made for some great views! Excellent snow conditions in the bowl. It took 8 hours round trip. Not bad for a couple flatlanders eh?|
|Posted Feb 20, 2008 5:13 pm|
|Aaron Dyer||Nice Day |
Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2008
|Once you got above the smog.|
|Posted Feb 18, 2008 5:49 pm|
|nartreb||Bear Canyon / Bowl |
Date Climbed: Feb 2, 2008
|Feb 2 Bear Canyon trail: Tried for fast & light, wound up sweaty & out of water around 9500 ft. Switchbacks were a pain on ascent but made for a super-fast descent; had I realized, I'd have gone higher. |
Feb 17 Baldy Bowl: this time brought the axe and more food and water, left the heavy clothing behind. This route went *much* faster - five hours trailhead to summit. Glissaded down to the hut.
|Posted Feb 3, 2008 11:26 pm|
|Beaver1believer||A Night Hike |
Date Climbed: Jan 30, 2008
|Summited Baldy via the Bowl. Perfect conditions. Started at 3:30 pm, summited at 8:15 pm. Solo. Beautiful! Returned to car at 10:15pm.|
Crampons/ice axe a must. No avalanche danger in bowl (7pm onward). Good snow. Superb view!
|Posted Jan 31, 2008 4:16 am|
|Uncleman||Ski Hut Trail to SBSAR Rescue |
Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2008
|Successful ascent via the Ski Hut Trail. Great day, great conditions. Bumped into fellow SPer’s at the Ski Hut. Descent was capped off with a ride in a SBSAR helo. My trip report explains it all. Will be making another summit bid soon…|
|Posted Jan 27, 2008 1:51 am|
|Day Hiker||Baldy Bowl |
Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2008
|Great snow climb, not too difficult or dangerous, but a great workout, great photos, and a lot of fun. Went with Rick Kent, forjan, patrickfinley, uwjennie, and . . . sorry I don't know all names, but it was great to hike together.|
|Posted Jan 25, 2008 9:13 pm|
|forjan||Baldy Bowl |
Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2008
|Climbed with Patrick, Rick Kent and Day Hiker. Ran into uwjennie, her b/f and friend. Awesome day in the Bowl. Great glissade down too! Afterwards we all went for burgers & beers at the Mt. Baldy Lodge (thanks for the suggestion Rick!)|
Route Climbed: Traverse from Iron Mtn.
Date Climbed: January 21, 2007
Started the day hike from Heaton Flats trailhead to Iron Mountain. Then, traversed over from Iron Mountain along the San Antonio ridge to West Baldy and finally Baldy summiting at 4:08pm under 60mph to 80mph winds (almost got blown off the mountain!). Descended the Ski Hut trail to Manker Flats.
Route Climbed: Bear Canyon/Bear Flat
Date Climbed: November 13, 2004
After meeting with Alex Gorokhov at 7:00am at the bottom of the ski lifts, I left my car there at the parking lot and Alex gave me a ride to the Baldy village church (the start of the Bear Canyon trail). Alex then went on to Icehouse Canyon as his agenda was to climb Cucamonga Peak. I started hiking at 7:30am. By 10:20am, I was taking my lunch break at 9080 feet. At about 9400 feet, the puffy clouds blowing from the northeast created a white-out. This is my 1st white-out on Baldy. It got cold quick and very windy (approx 40mph with gusts up to 50mph). The white-out was very persistant all the way to the summit and beyond. I had to slow down to hike through the white-out....and then, as soon as I gained the upper ridge at about 9800 feet, the snow was very very hard. In fact, there were patches of ice sheets. I had to take my crampons out and put them on with ice axe on hand. It took me like 1 1/2 hours to go from 9080' to the summit (10,064') because of the white-out conditions. I only stayed 15 minutes on the summit (sheltered against the ground) hoping it would clear, but it didn't. I decided to bag Mt. Harwood (9552') on the way down. I kept my ice axe out and crampons on all the way down the Devil's Backbone. I arrived at Baldy Notch (7800') by 3:00pm. Then, I took the ski lift down to save my knees, and at 3:30pm (8 hrs later after I started in the morning) I was sitting on my car warming up.
Route Climbed: The Bowl
Date Climbed: December 30, 2002
Yet another great Baldy winter ascent. Sunny skies and generally not too cold. Went with fellow SCMA member Alex Gorokhov. We started at the Manker Flats trailhead. There was a bit of ice right at the trailhead this morning. We took our first snack break at the green Ski Hut. We then climbed pretty much the middle (more to the East) of the bowl. Snow was good for kicking steps. I personally did not use crampons but Alex did. After summiting, we descended about 100-200' from Baldy's summit towards the Devil's Backbone and found a nice run-out slope to practice self-arrest. Alex and I practiced all the self-arrest fall positions. We then continued down via the Devil's Backbone to Baldy Notch. We stopped at the restaurant there and had a beer. Got lazy and caught the ski lift down to the parking lot. All in all, a very nice day!
Route Climbed: July 28, 2001
Date Climbed: Bear Canyon/Bear Flat
Day hiked with Tom McKnelly to prepare for the Vitesse Whitney day hike in August 2001.
Route Climbed: North Backbone (Blue Ridge)
Date Climbed: June 17, 2001
Started from Guffy campground. Up and back on the North Backbone (Blue Ridge) trail. Ran out of water early on and had a slow day.
Route Climbed: Bear Canyon/Bear Flat
Date Climbed: June 3, 2000
Backbacked up via Bear Flat with Will Felten. Slept at the summit. Next day descended via San Antonio Sierra Ski Hut. Will was tired so I walked from Manker Flats to the Baldy Village church to pick up our car.
|Posted Jan 20, 2008 12:48 pm|
|Bill562||Baldy Bowl |
Date Climbed: Jan 13, 2008
|Climbed with Dave Gonzalez. The snow conditions in the bowl were excellent. Winds made the walk to the summit above the chutes challenging. Had to fight traffic to get out of the trailhead. Sunday afternoon snow play for the LA crowd I guess...|
|Posted Jan 13, 2008 11:06 pm|
|Etaoin||Meant to be a Ski Hut to Backbone loop|
|My first substantial hike after a year living in Southern California and it was quite tough. The plan was to hike up the Ski Hut trail to the peak, then across the Backbone ridge and back down along the fire road (I don't think the lift was running). We ended up doing it backwards and the steep downhill on the Ski Hut trail cost me a toenail when all was said and done. It was a beautiful, cold day before the snow hit that year. It made be truly appreciate our wilderness areas. Let's hope there is plenty of rain and snow up there for the spring PCTers.|
|Posted Jan 12, 2008 1:30 am|
|mtndonkey||Fun SoCal Hike|
|Climbed all seasons and winter is my favorite. On good snow years the most enjoyable route is directly up the bowl. In March 2005 I was able to snowboard all the way down to the Manker Flats trailhead via the ski hut trail. Weekdays are much better than weekends, sometimes you will have the mountain all to yourself.|
|Posted Jan 3, 2008 9:17 pm|
|Jackalopes||Devils Backbone several times Ski Hut twice |
Date Climbed: Dec 20, 2006
|Done it in all four seasons... Both routes are great. The Ski Hut trail a bit more challenging but easily done in 3/4 of a day. Devils Backbone give you the option of riding the ski lift down if you do it in winter, on a holiday or on a weekend.|
|Posted Dec 4, 2007 2:13 pm|
|hashref||Via Devil's Backbone |
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2007
|This was my first hike in a long, long time and luckily it wasn't my last. I struggled quite a bit. The last 500' or so was nearly the end of me. I am at bit surprised I made it, but I am stubborned like that. I was so damn tired when I finally made it to the top, it don't think I really appreciated the scenery or even got a sense of accomplishment. I guess I was really intimidated the I got myself up there and now I had to get myself down. *groan*|
Regardless, I certainly would attempt this again; if only to get a sense that I actually made it and to take in the vast expanse Baldy has to offer.
|Posted Nov 27, 2007 8:10 pm|
|Schuetzenweber||Ski Hut Route |
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2007
|Hiked it just before the storm. Beautiful day but windy up top. Saw mountaingoats just below the Hut. Spotted the Hellcats near the Summit. San Antonio Falls was in full effect!|
|Posted Nov 21, 2007 12:17 am|
|ryanclear||easy hike, want a harder route |
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2007
|Ive done this a few times. It seems too easy when you take the ski lifts. Either use bear creek or park at the ski lifts and take the service road up. It is much more rewarding. |
I went a few days after the first storm in california. It was beautiful non the less. Snow was pretty low, around 8000 feet. I made great time and the summit was beautiful being over the clouds. I have pics of my last trip.
|Posted Oct 29, 2007 9:38 pm|