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hikineddRegister Ridge Trail

hikinedd

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The other name for this approach is the Harwood Trail. Though the hike matches the gain of the Ski Hut route, it's about a mile shorter. But the section from where the trail forks off the Ski Hut Trail to where it meets up with the Devil's Backbone Trail climbs 2500' in one mile!

Its steepness is why, though shorter, this route is really no faster. It is, however, one of the prettiest ways up Baldy. Additional note: the beginning of this trail is much more pronounced and obvious than it used to be.
Posted May 23, 2007 5:44 pm

Sam PageDescending: a cautionary note

Sam Page

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I've descended Register Ridge twice, and each time I made the same mistake: I left the Devil's Backbone trail too early and wound up traversing steep, loose, and generally unpleasant (even in retrospect) terrain. The first time I never made it all the way over to the ridge and simply descended a miserable gully until I landed in a dustheap on the Ski Hut trail. The second time I traversed a surprisingly (and again, unpleasantly) long way until finally intersecting Register Ridge. I couldn't believe how far over it actually was.

Since I have botched the descent twice (making the same exact mistake each time), I do not know the best place to leave the Devil's Backbone trail. Instead, I would recommend being very careful about not leaving the trail until you are actually on Register Ridge proper.
Posted Sep 4, 2009 12:44 am

hikineddRe: Descending: a cautionary note

hikinedd

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I enjoy climbing this route, but have never had the desire to descend it -- a bit too steep. Besides, there are several better ways back to Manker: the Ski Hut Trail, Devil's Backbone or just scree ski down the Bowl.
Posted Jan 28, 2010 12:57 pm

royandersonRe: Descending: a cautionary note

royanderson

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I enjoy descending this route. The scenery is great, there are no crowds on the weekend, and it is certainly not boring coming down. It also helps work out some different muscles. In terms of finding the route down, the trail is now visible when there is no snow. If you are looking up the most direct little jaunt to Mount Harwood from Devil’s Backbone you will notice it has no vegetation and then, a little farther down Devil’s Backbone going away from Baldy vegetation starts. Turn a corner below the vegetation and the trail will be off to the right, there being a nice sort of sitting rock to the left of the trail at the turn off point.
Posted Mar 17, 2013 8:10 am

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