Mount San Antonio (Mount Baldy) Climber's Log
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|Diggler||Nice day! |
Date Climbed: May 29, 2009
|Climbed with Faith, in preparation for a Cactus to Clouds bid the next day. It was a challenge just getting out of bed this morning, as I'd only slept about 4 hours after a long drive from the Bay the night before. |
Starting from the road (below San Antonio Falls) at 10.26, we made fair time up the road, past the ghetto ski area, & up Devil's Backbone to the summit. Summited around 13.54. Clouds, smog, &/or haze obscured views in all directions, & nearby thunderstorms made us turn around just a few minutes after getting to the top. Regardless, the exposure on this class 1 trail was abnormal & fun, & the views of San Gorgonio & San Jacinto were nice. What a gem in the backyard of LA residents! Took the steep trail down to the chairlift parking on the return, saving at least 15 or 20 minutes, I'd surmise. Got back to the car around 17.00 or so.
Very nice day!
|Posted Jun 2, 2009 4:12 pm|
|Baldy is a gem. I've climbed it at least six times via the ski hut trail, and I first learned to use an ice axe on the bowl. There's nothing like getting up above the clouds or the smog and standing on that summit to make you feel like you're worlds away from the city just below you.|
|Posted May 25, 2009 5:42 pm|
|jesu, joy of man's desiring||via baldy chutes|
|Mid-1970s to 2004, climbed the Baldy Bowl snow chutes a buncha times. Once watched a friend fling himself down the steepest one, on skis. Looked kinda dangerous--no thanks! |
|Posted May 20, 2009 4:37 pm|
|dgrimreaper||Manker Flats |
Date Climbed: Apr 8, 2009
|Snow from 8,000 feet. Soft enough to kick step. Devil's backbone on the way down. 4th ascent.|
|Posted May 16, 2009 10:55 pm|
|Ze||from Bighorn Ridge |
Date Climbed: Apr 9, 2009
|boy that was a hard one....|
|Posted May 10, 2009 10:03 pm|
|SierraCJ||Awesome day! |
Date Climbed: May 2, 2009
|Manker Flat to Baldy then Harwood. Devil's Backbone to Notch and then service road back to Manker. Did with my 17 year old son.|
|Posted May 4, 2009 3:29 pm|
|gaudzdice51||Manker Flats |
Date Climbed: May 2, 2009
|W/ Dad via Manker Flats, came down to Baldy Notch, then descended the maintenance road back to Manker Flats. Great views, and a little windy. Tagged Harwood also. |
Again on 5/9/09.
|Posted May 2, 2009 10:14 pm|
Date Climbed: May 31, 2008
|Nice climb up the Devil's Backbone from the Baldy ski hut. Windy as hell on top but great views.|
|Posted Apr 29, 2009 12:13 am|
|Ze||from the Village |
Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2009
|snow above 8500' off and on, but not a problem. should be gone in a few weeks|
|Posted Apr 20, 2009 9:55 pm|
|Climbed it many times. When I first started hiking, I was way out of shape, and this peak became my first goal. I can still remember how tired I was the first time I climbed it. Now it's my training peak for bigger and higher goals.|
|Posted Apr 15, 2009 10:38 pm|
|deungsan||third time on top |
Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2006
|surprise blizzard while on Devil's Backbone|
|Posted Mar 28, 2009 6:44 pm|
|TheGoat||3 times, 3 routes |
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2007
|This was my first ascent to Mt. Baldy, I climbed it twice more after. This time I went from Manker Flats up the fire road to Baldy Notch and then along the Devil's Backbone. I got hypothermia at the top--good story, I'll write a trip report someday. |
The second time I took the road from Manker Flats and then the trail past the San Antonio Ski Hut--saw two bighorn sheep at the very summit.
The third time I took the "intense" way from Mt. Baldy Village--wow, hard hike, even harder to pull one of my friends partway up.
I love Baldy--the king of the San Gabriels.
|Posted Mar 26, 2009 1:09 am|
Date Climbed: Oct 27, 2007
|Awesome hike with many vistas along the way.|
|Posted Mar 6, 2009 4:41 pm|
|farrisgl||90th Ascent |
Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2008
|I love this mountain! |
I have climbed it every month of the year and up several ways; to the Sierra Club Hut another the bowl and up it with several variations, passed the ski lodge and up the backbone and from the Baldy Ranger Station to the summit several times including on snow shoes. Even camped out on the summit twice on the 4th of July.
View is outstanding!
Plus out the door from our house to the trailhead in about an hour.
How can you beat this peak if you live in the LA basin?
|Posted Mar 3, 2009 7:46 pm|
|Alex Wood||Went up the Bowl |
Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2009
|Lots of snow going up the couloirs. Postholing going up the chutes. The top was very very cold with 30+mph winds. Went with Blair and Aaron|
|Posted Feb 16, 2009 1:07 pm|
|norco17||hard day |
Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2009
|Went up the bowl postholing over my knees most of the way. 2.5 hours in the bowl other than that it was an awesome day.|
|Posted Feb 16, 2009 11:37 am|
Date Climbed: Feb 8, 2009
|First attempt at Baldy. After hearing the conditions, my buddy and I made a last ditch effort to pick up some snowshoes, crampons, and ice axe. We didn't get started until 130, so our chances of summitting in the daylight were slim. The trail on Bear Canyon dissapeared at 7100 and it was getting late, so we turned around. Turns out conditions were horrible around 9k. Hopefully next time.|
|Posted Feb 9, 2009 8:20 pm|
|Dave S||Snowboard descent |
Date Climbed: Jan 13, 2009
|I've climbed Baldy many times but this time wanted to get a snowboard descent before all of the snow disappears. Hiked in lugging the splitboard via the ski hut trail. Decided to head up pretty much dead center in the bowl to see if any of the remaining snow fingers would make a good descent. Too many rocks so after reaching the summit I rode down along the standard hiking trail and continued down the west side of the bowl. A bit of walking to reach the top of the bowl for the remainder of the descent, but other than that I was able to ride from the summit down to the hut. Some pretty good snow remains on that side of the bowl! Fun stuff!!|
|Posted Jan 14, 2009 2:19 am|
|mdostby||Baldy and Harwood |
Date Climbed: Jan 4, 2009
|First mountains of the new year. Climbed with good friend Miguel Forjan via Register Ridge. Beatiful day.|
|Posted Jan 5, 2009 11:04 am|
|wyopeakMike||My first big peak|
|Baldy was my first big mountain hike when I was 8 years old. It started a long term addiction to mountain hiking. I will always remember that first summit with my father. I was tired, but I enjoyed every bit of it. I returned a least 10 more times to this memorable peak. My parents still live in Upland below the peak. I remeber using an ice axe for the first time on Baldy many years later. One time on the peak with my family, a army huey chopper landed on the peak. The hike from the ski cabin was a favorite. The north backbone trail from the north was a memorable hike. Still in my mind, one of the important peaks in the west. My Baldy memories will always have a special place. I have lived in Wyoming for 15 years, exploring the Northern Rockies as much as I can, but if not for Mt Baldy, I might have never had the passion I enjoy now.|
|Posted Nov 29, 2008 7:16 pm|