Snow was a little soft but I had to try going up the bowl. It was fun! Met rwkent on the summit.
Hiked up the Ski Hut trail to the hut and then ascended directly up the bowl. Three feet of snow and the warm day made for a lot of postholing (and of course it was windy).
Hiked up via the ski hut trail and down over the Devil's Backbone. It as windy and one of the big fires was burning down near San Antonio Heights. The fire and wind must have scared everyone off. I was the only one on the summit.
Climbed baldy on Valentines day 2004 Via Ski Hut trail, went off the beaten trail and cut through Baldy Bowl, Snow turned ice halfway up, and we roped up, Went back down taking a shorter route down the bowl ( more south, through the trees ) this was all snow, and much safer, This hike would have been a complete cinch and perfectly safe if we'd stuck to the beaten trail ( come up the way we went down ).. I'd suggest this trail to anyone lookin to get a lil snow and ice practice, very fun, leave early though, can be slow-going... we didnt sumit till 3:30 ( left around 10 )
I have now climbed Mount Baldy three times, and throroughly enjoyed each trip as much as the others. It's a great mountain for beginning SoCal enthusiasts to get some experience. It's even better and more crazy in the snow. Makes for a great winter trip.
My 1st big summit. Climbed with Ryan. Ran into a whole troop of Boy Scouts on the top, proving once again that most kids are just tougher than I am.
Took to the trail about noon. Icy above 8000 ft. Then nice snow for climbing above 9000 ft. Enjoyed the sunset while descending the Backbone.
Hiked to the top of the ski area, then to a nice campsite about 200 yds west of the top of the ski lift. Next day summited with throngs of skiers and mountaineers. Wind was extremely heavy. I had to sit on the somewhat sheltered north shoulder (50' below the summit) to take pictures. The wind pushed me a couple feet despite being seated on the snow. Didn't stay long.
We took the ski lift up. It was a pretty demanding hike. It took us about 2.5 hours up and 1 hour down. Luckily it's short and well worth it. It was fairly hot, but the cool breeze made it nice. We encountered a family of Bighorns on the trail and had to hike around them.
Took the backbone up and the ski hut trail down. Solo trip and a nice day
I climbed with Jaweed and I am even more of a beginner than him. It is Tuesday and my quads are still burning with every move! Very cool hike though. Next time I plan on listening to T O O L on full blast with my mp3 player during the tough parts of the hike in order to block out the thoughts of "Turn back....I can't make it" !
We made our ascent on the Devil's Backbone. The initial climb after the ski lift was difficult for me as a beginner hiker. The distance from there to the bottom of the backbone was scenic and comfortable. The climb up the backbone was tough and at times very windy. From the summit we were able to see Mt. Baden-Powell and one of the guys we went with went ot the other "west peak" of baldy which takes about 30 minutes from the summit. For me the most difficult part of the hike was the descent. Some of the time we ran and other times we were taking baby steps because it was so steep. A great workout and a great hike! Next week...San Yacinto!!!
I went on my birthday to finally bag Mt Baldy- I had tried before, but my hiking buds had to turn around. I was on the last stretch only to find a sandblasted wind tunnel. The hike was well worth it, however. Not only was the hiking an exciting experience, but the summit was excellent! I made some HAM radio contacts well over 100 miles, we took in the view, and we had a fun time sharing stories with other climbers.
Ran up as part of the annual Labor Day 8-mile "Run to the Top of Mt. Baldy" Race. Great race. On top in 1 hr, 33min. Not bad since my legs were still zonked from running the Pikes Peak Marathon 2 weeks earlier. Very windy on top (30+ mph?) but gorgeous view of the high desert. It was a little smoggy facing west.
Finally completed all four established routes to the summit. Went up Blue Ridge and came down the San Antonio Ski Hut trail to Manker Flat. It was a great day! Met a party of about six camping on the summit.
Left Manker Flats and took the ski hut trail for the first time to the summit, camped overnight to watch the Perseids and woke up at sunrise, hiked Devils Backbone back.
3rd time to the summit.
Beautiful summer day on Mt Baldy. Crowds actually not too bad on the trail given the weather. 28 degrees celcius on top at 11 AM with a nice refreshing breeze.
2hrs 50 min up, 1h 50 min down.
When I got back to my truck (parked at Manker flats), the car beside mine had the windows smashed out and I presume the contents taken. I had heard that this can happen here - good reminder to keep things hidden when parked at this trailhead.
Hike this while not in shape, like I did, and pain will become your friend. We made it on our first hike together. Now we hike Mt. Rainier National Park on a weekly basis.
Made it fine and back...unfortunately paid the price with a throbbing headache...