Baldy Notch/Devil's Backbone Climber's Log

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Sam DeRose

Sam DeRose - Mar 1, 2016 3:53 pm Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2016

Great dat hike  Sucess!

I tried summiting a week earlier without proper crampons or an axe. Turned around at the start of devils backbone, was just too slippery with all the snow/ice this year. Headed back up the following week with crampons and an axe and summited despite the ~50 mph winds blowing over the ridge, very exciting! A great hike that takes about 4-6 hours if you're moving quickly. I managed to jog up and down the fire road from Manker flats / Falls trailhead to the ski lodge.

trexkerry - Feb 22, 2014 6:41 pm Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2014

Baldy/West Baldy/Harwood  Sucess!

Drove down from the Bay Area for a conference in Palm Springs - after visiting the downtown LA library I drove up to Manker Flat and hiked up to the ski lodge and took the Devil's Backbone trail up to Baldy with a side visit to West Baldy and Harwood on a fine afternoon. Barely any snow to be found anywhere, and none on the trail. Trip report is HERE.

conpen - Aug 5, 2013 6:04 pm Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2012

Mount San Antonio  Sucess!

Ascended via Devil's Backbone, and descended via San Antonio Ski Hut. Great loop. I think best to take Backbone up and Ski Hut down. But I'm sure vice versa is good, as well. Skip a few miles by hiking up ski lift. Strenuous, but saves time.


bscott - May 10, 2013 5:50 pm Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2012

long loop  Sucess!

great views along the backbone. up the fire road, across the backbone, down the ski hut trail.


Wild - Jan 16, 2013 6:48 pm Date Climbed: Jan 13, 2013

Harwood & Baldy  Sucess!

Up Harwood then up Baldy from the Backbone

JJBrunner - Jan 8, 2011 10:02 pm Date Climbed: Jan 8, 2011

Winter  Sucess!

Very fun snowshoeing. It's a very photogenic route in the wintertime, too bad I didn't bring a camera...


MtnDoser - Dec 17, 2010 1:40 am Date Climbed: May 8, 2010

Steep on both sides  Sucess!

to the notch!


Wild - Sep 6, 2010 6:39 pm Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2010

Dark Side of the Bone  Sucess!

Stunning views of Mount Harwood's East Face and other surrounding peaks, nice exposure along the ridge, and a very fun trail.
We started soon after midnight and had a big bright moon over our shoulders for most of the trip and made it to the summit just in time to catch the sun rise above the massive sea of clouds below us. Took the San Antonio Ski Hut/Baldy Bowl Route back down.


therockimage - Jun 13, 2010 6:51 pm Date Climbed: May 28, 2010

Training hike  Sucess!

We used this route as a training hike for our Mt. Whitney climb, mainly for the roundtrip distance.

JEFFS - Apr 7, 2010 7:40 pm Date Climbed: Nov 7, 2009

Different  Sucess!

I like to do the bowl but sometimes will come down this route to save my knees. Then I think it's about the same.


SierraCJ - Dec 9, 2009 2:34 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2009

3 Times  Sucess!

From Manker to Baldy then Harwood and back to Notch. Great hike.


tarol - Oct 25, 2009 9:35 am Date Climbed: Oct 24, 2009

Great trail  Sucess!

Loved this trail, steep and rocky in spots but it has to be, wonderful views, and fabulous wind-stunted trees along the way.


farrisgl - Mar 22, 2009 1:19 am Date Climbed: Mar 12, 1972

Hiked many times  Sucess!

Good hike to the summit however I prefer routes to the summit past the ski hut, or if modivated from Baldy Village.


hol571 - Oct 29, 2008 2:28 pm Date Climbed: Feb 9, 2008

Bowl to Notch  Sucess!

Climbed the bowl and descended the backbone to the notch

Alex Wood

Alex Wood - Sep 1, 2008 6:00 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2008

Totally Brutal  Sucess!

I could go for hiking this trail, but instead I ran it in the "Baldy Run to the Top". Amazing views!


Deb - Aug 19, 2008 11:38 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2008

With Child In-Tow  Sucess!

Interesting warm, windy, cold, sunny, dusty hike with my daughter who has found that she really does enjoy hiking more than 2 miles! Her first 10K summit was a thrill for me as well. Actually saw 3 other humans and NO the lifts weren't running. :P


MtnLdr - Jul 29, 2008 11:46 am Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2008

Ouch!!!  Sucess!

I actually went up the ski hut/bowl trail, and came down the backbone. I just hate out and back type hikes. Anyway, this trail is amazing! I have to try this hike again in reverse. I can't wait for winter to get here now. I can only imagine how beautiful this ridgeline would look with snow!


SoCalHiker - Jun 8, 2008 6:34 pm Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2008

Very nice!  Sucess!

Hiked up directly under the ski lifts to Baldy Notch and then the Devil's Backbone. Not too many people on the summit; about 15-20 at 10am.


Blackmouth - Feb 6, 2008 9:44 pm Date Climbed: Feb 6, 2008

Winter Ascent  Sucess!

Took the Devils Backbone to Harwood to Baldy to West Baldy and back. It was one of the nicest days I've had on Baldy and I had it all to myself.


InsertHere - Sep 10, 2007 5:01 pm Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2006

Nice day, very windy  Sucess!

Baldy Notch/Devil's Backbone to summit, descended Baldy Bowl. Great route, didn't ride the lift up. Very windy summit push at the end, lots of people turned back which was unfortunate - the summit was pretty calm and enjoyable.

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