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Register Ridge

 

Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 34.28890°N / 117.6458°W

Object Title: Register Ridge

Route Type: Hike/Scramble

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Walk-up

Route Quality: 
 - 8 Votes
 

 

Page By: Mike Zimmerman

Created/Edited: Feb 20, 2005 / Feb 20, 2005

Object ID: 164060

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Page Score: 75.4%  - 6 Votes 

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Approach


Manker Flat trailhead. Take the service road to San Antonio Falls to access the Sierra Club Hut trail that folks use to go to the Sierra Club Hut and climb up to Mt. Baldy.

Route Description


Author: Mike Zimmerman
Date: June 27, 2004 2:50 PM
Follow the San Antonio Ski Hut Trail route as if you are heading up to the Ski Hut. When you take the turn off to the left off of the fire road, head up the trail that goes to the Sierra Club Ski Hut. Look for a rusted register box on the right side of the trail. You will notice that the trail makes a sharp turn towards the north as you hike up from the register box, travel up the trail approximately 40 meters past the register box. There is a use trail that goes up to the right, follow this up onto the ridge.

This is the ridge that you will follow all the way up and is the SE Ridge, called Register Ridge, that goes up toward the summit of Mt. Harwood. Stay on the ridge, which is pretty steep, and keep climbing up. You will come to a distinct flat spot, about 3/8 of a mile below the Baldy Notch Trail. There is also an outcrop of rocks here that one can turn to the right or left to get around, or scrmble directly through which would be class 3. From here, this is the steepest part of the route in which you gain about 800 feet in a quarter of a mile. Eventually, the climb up the SE Ridge meets the Baldy Notch Trail, just SE of the summit of Mt. Harwood. Turn left on the trail and head west toward the summit of Mt. Baldy.

The elevation gain is the same as the San Antonio Ski Hut Trail and the distance is probably about the same. I recommend the San Antonio Ski Hut Trail, which has a sign along the way down that says Baldy Bowl Trail, for a descent route.

This is a strenuous varation to climb Baldy, it has some nice views on both sides of the ridge and if you want some solitude from the weekend crowds, this is a good option. If you do this climb after all of the snow has melted, bring plenty of water, since there are no water sources until you get down to the SA Ski Hut, where there is a small run-off stream.

Essential Gear


Ice ax and crampons may be necessary during the winter and early spring. There may be a couple of steep spots where a short, light rope could be useful, if the snow is hard or icy for a snow belay. There are plenty of live trees to use for anchors on the ridge, if necessary. Snow shoes may be necessary depending on snow conditions, but the route may be too steep to use these, but they can be useful when one gets to the Devil's Backbone Trail to the summit of Mt. Baldy. During times of no snow, good sturdy hiking boots are recommended along with plenty of water. Trekking poles are recommended, if one likes using those for when one gets to the trail at the end of the route.

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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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View of Baldy from Register Ridge hikeFrozen Tree in Storm in near whiteoutRegister Ridge . . .