A bit longer than taking the trail. The Class 2 rubble approach led to some fun Class 3 at the top. Beautiful but windy/cold at the top. Look forward to trying the Bowl with some snow in it!
Crisp morning ascent, few people on the trail and rewarded at the peak with a sea of clouds covering suburbia and and all of its trappings. Only the majestic peaks were permitted above the clouds today.
Another beautiful morning in the mountains. Reached summit about 7:30am and relaxed till the people started arriving a little later. Went to West Baldy from there after five people/ groups arrived. As soon as I reached the top of West Baldy I saw six bighorns frozen by my appearence about 60 to 70 feet away. We stared at each other for maybe 30 seconds and they left down the north facing slope. That made my day!
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.