Oh how I love this trail, all 12 miles roundtrip and 5,804 elevation gain and loss (3 times and still loving it). Brought my wife along for the suffering, I do not believe she shares my sentiment for the route. At any rate, clear views all along the ridge and the summit. Busy day on the summit, I lost count after 23 people, but only saw 5 people on the way up Bear Canyon.
This is my first summit in Southern California and it was great. My girlfriend and I left the trailhead at 8:15am and were standing on the summit three hour later at 11am. The weather was great with a light breeze to keep it cool. We came down the Baldy Bowl Trail and were at the car by 2pm. Both trails were in great shape.
18 of us from the Outdoorsclub.org made it up to Mt Baldy via Bear Canyon (the Village) in four hours. Half of us returned via the ski lifts. Thanks to R. Pollard who we saw on the summit for giving me a ride back to the Village and saving me nine miles.
Made it to the top with my nine year old Jack. He made it up no problem, about 2.5 hours from the top of the ski lifts. Nice weather, lots of people on the trail. About 1hour 45 on the way down (no stops). Met Cy Kaicener at the ski lifts, gave him a ride back to Baldy Village
Took the ski lift from Manker Flat to Baldy Notch, then it's about 1.2 miles up the ski road to the trail. Great training for San Gorgonio, which is in turn great training for Whitney. Nice day for the hike. Temperatures in the mid-70s, light breeze, sunny but a few good shady spots. 2 hours up at a slow pace with lots of stops, 1-1/4 hours down.
I only saw one other person all day and finally got a chance to see some Bighorn Sheep up close when I came upon a half dozen of them in the saddle between Baldy and West Baldy.
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.