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!
Via Devil's Backbone with my brother
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.
nice hike, went through bowl
With Mount Harwood, Devils Backbone, Thunder Mountain & Gold Ridge.
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!
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.
Winter ascent, up via Register Ridge, down via the Ski Hut.
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.
Long day, 6 am to 6 pm. Wasn't expecting so much snow.
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!
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.
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.
Nice 3 peak day. Not too crowded on a Friday in mid-November.
Three peak traverse. Why haven't I come to California in November earlier. Via Devils Backbone.
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.
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?
It gets crowded but what can you do? It's a fun hike to the summit no matter which way you choose!
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.
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.