Nice climb up, difficult descent due to weather and route.
Duane and I hiked the trail to the Ski Hut, then up the little ridge toward Mt. Harwood. When we hit snow we did a climbing traverse toward the Harwood/Baldy saddle, meeting up with the Devil's Backbone trail just short of the saddle. The rest of the climb was mostly snow. We descended via Devil's Backbone to Baldy Notch and down. Gorgeous day and fun mountain.
Maybe I'm an idiot but I found the route beta a little lacking. After following the main fire road trail where it turns past the waterfall I passed the faint spur trail climbing to the ski hunt on the left twice--in both directions--without seeing it. I built a cairn opposite the spur on the way back.
Got started lat this morning and paid for it going up. The temperature was in the 80s low 90s pretty much the whole way it seemed. Got burnt pretty good from the reflection of the snow. I did a loop up the Ski Hut trail and then down the Devils Backbone trail. I took the chairlift down to the parking lot. I had ACL surgery 10 weeks ago so I don't care if people think that taking the chairlift is a short cut!! Anyway great day in the mountains. A lot of people on the lower parts of the mountain but not too many up at the summit.
Most perfect weather and "hero" snow welcomed me to Mt San Antonio for the first time. Although I had a very nice climb and did some steep front-pointing near the top, this place is TOO public! I counted 16 people behind me going up the bowl, is that typical? OK the "slide for life" down was a little nerve wracking with all the people traffic - I took my time. Good training grounds.
Thanks to Mike Zimmerman for posting this route. The hike was fun and conditions were perfect. There were a lot of lady bugs burrowing in the snow at the summit. I was stoked to hear from someone at the summit that R. J. Secor summited 30 minutes before my group, and that I would be following him down on his glissade ramp. I was bummed to hear yesterday (4/26) that he was one of the two helicopter rescues that I saw.
Got a 6:35am start and hit the summit at 10:00. Light winds on the summit. The snow was great on the climb up but starting to get slushy on the way down. Lots of rocks comming down now.
80mph wind gusts at the summit, but It was beautiful.
I reached the summit at sunrise.
Comming down, I lost control on the 50 degree slope of the bowl. It was still early, so it was quite icy. I tumbled 2000 feet to the bottom of the bowl near the ski hut. I landed 100 meters from the head of San Bernardino Search and Rescue. He was just out for an early morning hike. I came away with no skin on my stomach and sides, and a shattered leg, but boy it was beautiful at the top.
Climbed to the west ridge above Baldy Bowl, very icey and windy. Attempted our first glissading one the way down, ended up self-arresting/glissading to the hut.
Ski Hut Trail: December 30th, 2007.
Jan. 21, 2007: Summited against the worst wind I have been in to date (approx. gusts to 70mph) after doing the Iron Mountain to Baldy traverse.
First snow of the year, one of the best views i've ever had of jacinto and gorgonio. also met so cool guys on top.
Carried 35 pounds of water to prep for Rainier. Kerry supported the effort, effortlessly! Great dayhike, great views & temps.
I attempted Mt. San Antonio via Devil's Backbone with crampons and ice axe. The snow/ice provide good stability, but I had to turn back due to extreme wind. The wind was from the north, so I was protected on the south side of the ridge until a dip in the ridge just before the final ascent were the ridge drops and flattens out. There is no protection from the wind at that point. I proceded down into this drop, but was overwhelmed by the wind. I turned back and had great difficulty making my way back against the wind to the protected portion of the ridge. It was very stupid of me to be up there in that wind. I was glad to get off the mountian. I can see now how people die up there.
3rd time up the Mt, 1st winter ascent. Snow was great for climbing, no hardware needed til 8000ft, and after that solid snow for crampons. My partner and I climbed directly up the baldy bowl, aka the SE slope. Winds were blowing up top, gusts of 40+ nearly knocked me off my feet many times.
Eric J Lee
60-70 mph winds near the summit made for an exciting trip.
Icy conditions, beautiful day till afternoon when the storm came in. No luck on the missing hiker. Manker canyon is no short cut off the devil's backbone but there is a cool little waterfall near the bottom.
Climbed with a group of twelve searching for a hiker who went missing on November 1. No luck. We just got out before the weather closed in.
A real nice hike, especially from the top of ski slopes on. On this day there were about 30 people enjoying the nice view and spring weather on the summit.
This is the best mountain in the San Gabriel range for anybody who has to get proper endurance training for higher peaks. I am referring to hiking up and down the SAME trail (6000 ft altitude difference). Baldy Village is less than an hour away by car from downtown LA and yet one encounters very few people during the hike.
First climbed Mt Baldy during a year of abundant precipitation in southern California so that I encountered lots of snow in the upper part of the mountain even late in June!
I went back to Mt Baldy many times for training and the day-long hikes served me well in preparation for loftier peaks, such as Mont Blanc, Grand Teton, Matterhorn and even Kilimanjaro.