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.
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.
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.
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.
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
It is very steep. I hiked up before; may be I am older now. It was a good hike.
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.
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.
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.
My dog and I had a great trip. It was great to get above the clouds.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).