We took the great western trail up to the saddle and then hit the top. On the way down we saw a trail in the snow and decided to take it down. It was much more direct, but it had many intersections with the myriad of biking trails.
This was a fun hike in a storm. Just let it happen.
This hike is very unique in many aspects. The long approach that is in the low foothills, and deciduous trees, and flat for the Wasatch makes you feel you are in the golden hills of California. The views of the surrounding terrain is gorgeous, and incredible that you are only miles from an urban center. We took the trail from the pipe on the staircase trail and came down the horse trail. I would suggest going up the Great Western Trail. There was a few inches of snow on the top, and light snow falling, what a perfect winter hike, but as it gets deeper, snow shoes would be wanted. I don't imagine this higher terrain having much traffic in the winter. Oh yeah, this was my third attempt at this summit, the other two times I was turned back by too deep of snow in the spring, and no gear appropriate for it. Nemesis done!
Finally bagged this one. Ascended via the Dry Canyon trail then descended on the south side via trail 51 back to the Dry Canyon trail. I wish the forest service could spend more time maintaining trails and putting signs at trail junctions. Took wrong trail three different times. Also did some serious bushwacking on the final ascent to Little Baldy.
Danny Moody and I hiked up the Horse trail route and dang did it take forever to summit, even with snowshoes. We proceeded down (sledding) the Saddle route on the other side to the Great Western trail to Dry Canyon, which we pretty much sledded all the way down! 5 1/2 hours of pure blissful pain!