Mount San Antonio (Mount Baldy) Climber's Log

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n8jojohnson - Aug 7, 2004 11:04 pm

Route Climbed: Bear Canyon, Manker Flats Date Climbed: July 24, 2004; September 2004  Sucess!

Wowsers. What a beast. Did this 6000', 6 mile climb as a training hike for Rainier - and those switchbacks in the mountain desert the first 3 miles or so got me. I was totally humbled when I had to stop periodically to catch my breath. Reached the summit in 3 hours, back down in 2.5.


t511a - Jul 21, 2004 8:19 pm

Route Climbed: All Date Climbed: Since 1997  Sucess!

Have summited at least fifty different times. A great way to spend a Saturday morning. For something you'll never forget, try an ascent by full moon and chill on the summit til sunrise.


Mgross - Jul 19, 2004 6:10 pm

Route Climbed: Baldy Bowl Date Climbed: June 5, 2004  Sucess!

A nice hike with good easterly views. Lots of people on the summit. I highly recommend doing this in Spring or fall. The Summer is a bit too warm.


MelbaToast - Jul 7, 2004 1:46 am

Route Climbed: Devil's Backbone Date Climbed: October 1999  Sucess!

The Backbone Trail was intimidating in some places for an inexperienced hiker...steep sides that fall away for what looks like miles...but it was a thrill to get to the top. I forgot about getting back down! Fun trip that I'd love to do again.


pusdkq6ee - Jul 4, 2004 7:28 pm

Route Climbed: hike up: Skit Hut Trail, hike down: Devils Backbone Date Climbed: July 4 2004  Sucess!

Every time going up there is an excitment.; good training hike. beautifull view eventhough there are many smog in S. Ca. GO THERE AGAIN AND AGAIN


pusdkq6ee - Jul 2, 2004 10:17 am

Route Climbed: skit hut trail Date Climbed: June 26 2004  Sucess!

It is very steep. I hiked up before; may be I am older now. It was a good hike.



RobertCharlesAltman - Jun 22, 2004 12:57 am

Route Climbed: Baldy Notch/Devil's Backbone Date Climbed: 6/20/2002  Sucess!

I enjoyed the area today. I took the road up to the ski area, and visited Thunder, Harwood and finally Baldy. I was very happy to see a herd of Bighorn Sheep up there and snapped some fine photos. Lovely area.

Shaun Matyas

Shaun Matyas - Jun 11, 2004 7:54 pm

Route Climbed: San Antonio Ski Hut Trail Date Climbed: February, 2003  Sucess!

This is the only hike in which I feel I cheated, we parked at the lot and paid to take the ski lift up, which feels weird without a snowboard under my feet, yet, from the hut, the hike was fun and the wind-n-snow added to the excitement.


sierradiscgolfer - Jun 8, 2004 10:39 am

Route Climbed: Baldy Notch/Devil's Backbone Date Climbed: June 6, 2004  Sucess!

My first night time summit on a gorgeous moonlit night. I summitted at 2am, slept till ~6am and awoke to a huge swarm of moths.

Mike Zastoupil

Mike Zastoupil - May 27, 2004 1:52 pm

Route Climbed: Devils Backbone / Ski Hut Date Climbed: 5/23/04  Sucess!

My dog and I had a great trip. It was great to get above the clouds.


395guy - May 22, 2004 8:47 pm

Route Climbed: Bear Canyon/Baldy Village Trail Date Climbed: May 22, 2004  Sucess!

Great day for a hike. 6000' elevation gain on this steep 6-mile trip. Hiked with my hiking buddy Dan. Took our time. Headed up the trail at 6am. On top at 10:30am. Quite a few people on top (20-30?). Went over to west peak of Baldy before heading back down. The hike down is not too much fun due to its steepness and loose scree. First time up this trail, although second time on top of Baldy. Great hike. Met a man on the way up who was hiking this trail for the 123rd time!


cbuelow - May 8, 2004 7:54 pm

Route Climbed: San Antonio Ski Hut Trail Date Climbed: May 8, 2004  Sucess!

Did a loop hike -- up the Ski Hut Trail, down the Devil's Backbone Trail. The snowfield below the summit is only about 15 - 20 feet wide at this point. There were a few dozen people at the summit when I was up there. Visibility wasn't great at the top, but at least heat wasn't a factor. A great way to spend a Saturday morning!


csundra - May 5, 2004 1:08 am

Route Climbed: Baldy Village Trail (Church Route) Date Climbed: September, 1995  Sucess!

Probably my first peak. I hiked it in college, almost 10! years ago. I went from Baldy Village with a bunch of very fit guys who kicked my butt. Despite being last to the top, and despite it being a smoggy day so you couldn't see anything, reaching the top felt great. It was an overnight trip, and we slept in rocky wind shelters at the top. I had just gone on my first backpacking trip a few months before, little did I know climbing was next. Ah, memories!


notinkansas - May 3, 2004 10:05 pm

Route Climbed: Ski Hut trail as far as hut, then up creek bed to Harwood Date Climbed: May 2, 2004  Sucess!

Thought I’d try a different route this time to include Harwood. Most of the San Antonio creek bed was scree, which made it a little tough but it is a direct line to Mt. Harwood. Then down Harwood, and up Mt. Baldy.


Reiksgib - Apr 26, 2004 12:43 pm

Route Climbed: San Antonio Ski Hut Trail Date Climbed: April 24, 2004  Sucess!

Climbed this route on a beautiful clear day in SoCal. You could see Catalina and San Clemente Islands offshore. Snow was not significant as there were only a few patches on the switchbacks up above the bowl, and one small easily navigated snowfield just before the summit. Met Bud Halley at the Sierra Club hut; he is the yodeling guy. If you have been on this mountain enough, you have surely heard him.


WhereAmI - Apr 23, 2004 3:07 am

Route Climbed: Ski Hut Date Climbed: August, 28, 2003  Sucess!

Training for a Colorado 14er and in the meantime I found a beautiful and worthy peak in it's own right. I did a big loop and ended up running down through quicksand like scree for a couple miles near the ski lift. I'm just glad I didn't go up that way.


StephaneFitch - Mar 22, 2004 1:22 pm

Route Climbed: Devil's Backbone Date Climbed: March 20, 2004  Sucess!

Exceptionally mild day at the summit. My collaeague Bill Sherman and I ascended via the route that most people choose for a descent and vice versa: started at 6,200 feet, down the road from the trailhead (we'd run out of gas on the way in and had to stop a mile short); walked the fire road past the falls and all the way to Mt. Baldy ski lodge; then climbed to the summit via Devil's backbone route. Soft snow from the storms that hit L.A. two weeks ago will probably be gone in a month. We descended down the more direct route to the falls. Lovely day.


ALGUIEN1 - Mar 21, 2004 10:05 pm

Route Climbed: Bowl Trail Date Climbed: 03.18.04  Sucess!

Started from Manker flats at 7 AM and reached the top at 10:30. Great snow conditions to practice self arrest and to do some glissading.


notinkansas - Mar 13, 2004 1:45 am

Route Climbed: Baldy Bowl Date Climbed: March 6, 2004  Sucess!

Snow was a little soft but I had to try going up the bowl. It was fun! Met rwkent on the summit.

Rick Kent

Rick Kent - Mar 10, 2004 6:33 pm

Route Climbed: Ski Hut / Baldy Bowl Date Climbed: 3/6/04  Sucess!

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).

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