Mount San Antonio (Mount Baldy) Climber's Log

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Moonknightca

Moonknightca - Nov 10, 2018 9:30 am Date Climbed: Nov 9, 2018

Cold & Windy Baldy Sans Snow & Ice  Sucess!

Great Hike just before the snow flies. I took the Chair Lift up from Mt. Baldy Ski Resort (at the dead end of Mt. Baldy Road). They charged $15 for a one-way ride and $25 for a round trip. I rode the chair lift up and hiked back down the fire road (this is the portion of the hike just to and from the Chalet at the top). It's a shorter using the chair of course but still took a good effort for this hiker (parking lot round trip time for me was 5 hours and 20 minutes at a measured pace). If you take the chair up, there is no way to summit without taking the Devil's Backbone; the DB was Spectacular. The operator at the top told me that the chairs run all Winter (obviously) but also all Summer. It operates just on weekends (Fri, Sat, Sun) during the slower times of Spring and Fall. It was Very cold at the top with a stiff wind. Puffy jacket and gloves needed for this time of year. There was no snow yet. Fantastic views from the top. Perhaps one of the very best views for the effort (if you like seeing civilization below as I do). I did the whole descent at night without incident notwithstanding the failure of my GPS (or rather my failure to bring the charging cord for my GPS). I had an amazing steak & shrimp dinner at the Mt. Baldy Lodge in Mt. Baldy Village following the hike and would highly recommend a well-earned respite there if time allows. The lodge is over 100 years old and has that great classic Alpine feel. Have great hikes everybody!

Alex.k - Jul 24, 2018 6:25 am Date Climbed: Jan 11, 2014

Mt. Baldy  Sucess!

Via Devil's Backbone with my brother

IronHiker

IronHiker - Jun 24, 2018 4:47 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2018

San Antonio Ridge traverse  Sucess!

Huge day with Henry Chen. Started at Manker Flat at 2:30 AM, reached the summit of Baldy at sunrise, then traversed San Antonio Ridge to Iron, then down to Heaton Flat.

tm1 - May 21, 2018 9:42 am Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2016

baldy  Sucess!

nice hike, went through bowl

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Jan 15, 2018 4:54 pm Date Climbed: May 28, 2016

5 Peaks  Sucess!

With Mount Harwood, Devils Backbone, Thunder Mountain & Gold Ridge.

apachedino

apachedino - Aug 4, 2017 11:47 am Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2017

via the North Backbone  Sucess!

North Backbone Trail (AKA the REAL backbone) along with Dawson and Pine.

We came for the FYF festival that weekend and to detox from the festivities we decided a to gnab a few Ultras (Gorgonio the next day) while in the area and visiting my brother. Note at this time the Blue Ridge Truck trail was gated after Guffy Campground making it 1.5 miles longer each way (though a fairly flat 1.5 miles that can be traveled on the excellent PCT.) A truck or jeep or mountain bike could make it past the gate at a steep bypass to the true TH.

I was surprised at how much I like this trail given my overall low opinion of the LA area. We saw nobody until the summit and although the views to the ocean were hazy they gave the peaks a nice layered look. The forest was up to Pine mountain with Sugar, Ponderosa and eventually a very nice limber pine forest with one very peculiar and ancient incense cedar growing on the ridge that had twisted to look more like an old bristlecone than an incense cedar. Fun day, tomorrow was San Gorgonio.

Ultra #40 and U.S. Super prominence peak (4,000+ ft prominence) #71/142, halfway baby!

haha1 - Jul 29, 2017 11:31 pm

Mt. Baldy  Sucess!

Oh I've lost count at the number of times I've been to the top of Baldy. I've been up three different routes and down three different routes - The Ski Hut trail (Baldy Bowl), Register Ridge and then down the Devils Backbone, up the Baldy Village (Bear Canyon Trail) and down the same way. The second time I did the Baldy Village trail, I left my bike at Manker Flat and came down the Ski Hut trail. Oh, I've also been down the scree slope between Baldy and Harwood at least three times.

orbitor

orbitor - Mar 22, 2017 7:30 pm Date Climbed: Feb 1, 2014

Winter Ascent 2014  Sucess!

Winter ascent, up via Register Ridge, down via the Ski Hut.

Snowman of Annapurna

Snowman of Annapurna - Feb 26, 2017 12:44 pm Date Climbed: Feb 24, 2017

Fall down Baldy Bowl

Climbed up to the top of the Baldy Bowl. My GPS said I was 300 feet from the top. However, I slipped and fell... all the way down to the ski hut. I probably should have died, but I caught a tree on the way down. There were 6 other climbers who witnessed it. My GPS says I fell 1000 feet.

Snowman of Annapurna

Snowman of Annapurna - Jan 31, 2017 6:51 pm Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2015

North Backbone  Sucess!

Long day, 6 am to 6 pm. Wasn't expecting so much snow.

Wheelbarrow

Wheelbarrow - Jan 21, 2017 5:40 am Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Sunrise Baldy Hike  Sucess!

For my inaugural Baldy hike I went up Ski Hut Route and down Devil's Backbone. The sad part was when I was hiking down underneath the ski lift I was actually going faster than the lift. On the other hand, this hike was so beautiful I did it 2 more times in that month. It's been the perfect mountain to introduce myself to winter mountaineering!

utclimber - Dec 12, 2016 10:37 pm Date Climbed: Dec 11, 2016

Loop  Sucess!

Hiked a loop up the Baldy Bowl trail and down the Devil's Backbone. Very little snow, and took about 2.25 hours up, and 4h 20m round trip. My 33rd ultra prominence peak.

usctrojan04 - Dec 4, 2016 12:56 pm Date Climbed: May 1, 2016

Nice trip out.  Sucess!

I have avoided this one for years, but finally felt it was time to hit up an LA classic. A bit windy on the top and the crowds were insane, but beautiful none the less.

wannabepeakbagger

wannabepeakbagger - Nov 24, 2016 1:32 pm Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2016

from Devils backbone  Sucess!

Nice 3 peak day. Not too crowded on a Friday in mid-November.

EastKing

EastKing - Nov 4, 2016 10:37 pm Date Climbed: Nov 4, 2016

3 peak traverse  Sucess!

Three peak traverse. Why haven't I come to California in November earlier. Via Devils Backbone.

climber46

climber46 - Oct 24, 2016 8:25 am Date Climbed: May 26, 2006

nice loop hike  Sucess!

My hike of Baldy got off to a tough start when I had trouble finding the trail. I slipped on some loose rocks and cut my arm. I concluded that the mountain was impossible to climb this way so I turned back. Then I found the trail and had a great loop hike over the ski trails, Devils backbone and then down the other trail. The LA basin was covered in fog.

LeftenantDan

LeftenantDan - Oct 11, 2016 2:13 am Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2016

3-Peak Repeat  Sucess!

Beginning to make this a pattern Mankr-DBB-Baldy-WBaldy-Baldy-Harwood-DBB-Mankr- why climb one when you can climb all three along the same ridge?

socalpeakbagger

socalpeakbagger - Jul 6, 2016 12:27 am Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2012

A SoCal Classic!  Sucess!

It gets crowded but what can you do? It's a fun hike to the summit no matter which way you choose!

Lenny72

Lenny72 - Jul 1, 2016 1:00 pm Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2016

Adventure 16 3-Peak Challenge!  Sucess!

Climbed this as part of the Adventure 16 3-Peak Challenge. I hiked Mount San Antonio, Mount San Gorgonio, and Mount San Jacinto in three days (nearly 41 miles). Very challenging! For this first peak, I camped at Manker Flat then hiked up the fairly steep and strenuous Ski Hut Trail in very hot weather. I then managed to get stung by a bee in the armpit at the summit! Overall, an excellent hike.

ScottWhitneyBound

ScottWhitneyBound - Jun 20, 2016 10:18 pm Date Climbed: May 28, 2016

My 12th summit  Sucess!

Went up the Bear Canyon Trail, down the Ski Hut Trail, then got a ride from Manker Flat back to my car in the Village.

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