First time on this trail. Tough route but not too much traffic. Have to try this way next winter.
Nice day -- not too many people at the top at 0900. Took the longer Devil's Backbone route back down to Manker Flats.
Hot day, 2 hrs to summit. 25 people on top. Great hike!
First time on moutain, solo in the winter and whole day on mountain to myself. Outstanding climb.
Total white out with 10 second clear spells and strong winds at the top.
First time up this route. Snow just about gone and no problem using the trail. Tough hike. Loved it!
I took the backbone trail up to Harwood (my third time) and Baldy (my sixth time), then followed the Ski Hut trail down.
2.5 hours to the top on a very nice day. There were over 40 people on the summit!
Very cold and windy morning at the summit. Took about three hours one way. Great views on the way up!
Climbed devils , up to Harwood, and over to Baldy. Amazing views from the sierras to telescope, to jacinto and everything else. Hardly any snow left on the route.
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.