Sunny and windy. Trail was dry until the hut. Hut to 8800' ridge had 6-24" of snow. Snow picked up, iced over in places, at 9200' and continued to the summit. Most of the people I passed had crampons but one couple had made it without even microspikes.
Took the ski lift up part way and hiked the summit via Devil's backbone. This was the first time I've done a big hike without any sort of attempt at altitude acclimation and I felt it!
Just guessing on the date. Really fun hike that was actually tougher than I was expecting. Ran into San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson on the summit. How cool is that? Be prepared for a great workout!
Needing to warm up for C2C the following week, took the Bear Canyon trail for a speed ascent. Tagged West Baldy for extra credit and extra gain on the way back.
Beautiful day on the mountain. Great conditions. A little slushy on the way down tho.
Climbed up the ski hut trail and down the backbone with a stop at the Notch. Windy and cold at the top. My first time but not the last!
with buddies from grad school
Went up the ski hut trail which was warmer than a month ago. Down the backbone with a tiny bit of wind and some beers at the notch before heading back to the car. Carried 45lbs to start training for Rainier next summer
First time at l0,000 ft since my lung surgeries.
Hiked from the service road near the ski hut to the Notch to Devils backbone to summit. Lots of people out that day, really fun and took us 6 hours total. Rang the bell on the way back and had a delich burger at Baldy Cafe down in town. Loved it
Did a quick run up Baldy before my flight out on Sunday. Amazing that you can get up to 10k ft so close to LA!
harwood, baldy, w baldy; 12 miles and 4500' gain
My last summit of Baldy was in April of 2011. We went up Manker Flat and down the devils backbone/the Notch. Total time was about 6 hours, largely because I got some nasty vertigo coming down a snowfield on Harwood towards the backbone. Kickstepping was the name of the game but obviously everything worked out just fine...just be very very careful on the backbone!
The Village trail is also a good one, but adds 2000' of elevation gain with almost the same distance. Give that one a shot someday, it has amazing views and no one on it usually.
Had a day to kill in SoCal - I'll take this over Disneyland anytime.
Surprisingly low amount of snow for the time of the year. Trail was regular except for some icy patches above the hut while gaining the top of the Bowl.
Training hike for C2C: up to the Notch on fire road and then Devil's Backbone, down the Ski Hut trail.
One of many times - usually up ski hut trail - best training hike close to LA
Went up the service road to Devil's Backbone then back down to Baldy Village where we hitchhiked back to our car.
Beautiful day and a good workout, only a few other parties on the trail. Surprisingly clear views from the summit!
went up via the ski hut trail. Nice sunny day and the trail is pretty good. Pretty good views despite the haze.