"will leave you wimpering" made me laugh :)
what and when is the "baldy run to the top"? sounds hardcore!
It was a nice sunny weather that Sunday morning. The forecast for the High Sierra Mountains weather left much to be desired. We had to postpone our climb and as an alternative Mt.Baldy fell as an excellent mountain to test the gear and to get in shape most of the people in our party. The ski down was good with the exception of the numerous rocks that scratched my skies to a great extend. It a good mountain to get everything organized before the real climbing season begins.
A slow slog to the top -- but the skiing was superb 'cause we got an early start. Above 9400' the snow was delightful. Lower elevations slushed up considerably by the afternoon...
Left at 9am from Manker Flat. Ready for some snow action, I put on my Koflachs and took crampons and snowshoes with me. Until I reached the notch, I didn't need any of them. The trail was nice, with some patches of ice, but otherwise OK. I put on my snowshoes for the Devil's Backbone ridge, the snow was deep there. It was a great winter training worth every step.
Was pleasantly surprised at how beauteous the snow was. It sure helped getting a 4 AM start!
Will Wyles Contemplates a Chute Descent
Call it experience-building. Went up the ski bowl and forgot to check the compass and descended 2000 feet down the wrong side. Nothing to do by ascend back into the storm and go down the right way. It's easy to get messed up sometimes.
Went on what was supposed to be a beautiful day. Partly cloudy in the morning but a blizzard hit just as we reached the summit. See also my trip report:
I hike Baldy regularly as a training hike.
First hike in the San Gabriels. Worth every step.
This was probably my second favorite mountain (next to Strawberry) when I lived in LA. Did the ski hut trail quite a few times - the bowl was always a nice snow climb.
Skinned to summit from near the new Baldy Bowl Trail sign (at the major switchback heading toward the ridge, 1/3 mile above the hut). Coverage was thin, but the snow was much more consolidated than I expected. Not enough to ski the bowl, so skiied the trees along the trail. Lots of people out enjoying the day.
Great hike so close to LA. Who knew? I guess a lot of people know.
Hiked/skied Baldy several times each year since I moved to LA in 1996. Usual route is Baldy Bowl, but have ascended Register Ridge, Devil's Backbone and Bear Canyon as well. Skied the North side a few times, too.
This ridge route is a tough, tough route. Picked it up by the Ski Hut Trail sign-in register. Steep, steep, steep. Encountered some knee deep snow. Followed the ridge to the saddle between Harwood and Baldy and then up the south face to the summit. Returned via the Bowl and Ski Hut Trail.
This was a wonderful snow climb. Just as we began our ascent of the bowl, we were witness to the helicopter rescue of a climber who had tumbled down some portion of it and injured himself. We summitted at 12:35 pm and were back down to Manker Flat by 3:20.
A sunny day with little wind up until the summit. Unfortunately there wasn't much snow to use our crampons. My first climb was definitely rewarded with a wonderful view from the summit.
Amazing Weather! Sunny and clear blue skies. Little ice and snow coverage. Was joined on the sumit by about 10 members of a Korean Alpine Club. From Truck to summit to truck was 5 hours.
A glorious day for a summit of Baldy and West Baldy. The winds were howling and the top was cold, but this made for an exhilarating ambience. Crampons were necessary above the ski hut.
Started out saturday (1/21/2006), took the baldy bowl trail. The trail was clear of snow and ice until shortly after the ski hut. As soon as the rocky section begins (where you're travelling west along the base of the bowl), it starts to get icy. Crampons required from here on, pretty much all the way to the top. There is a span of about a quarter mile after the trail reaches the ridge of the bowl and turns north that does not have enough ice to use your crampons but that's it. We ended up camping around the area where the trail meets the ridge of the bowl. We summited Baldy on Sunday (1/22/2006) morning, very cold and windy at the top, but that was already expected. Headed back down the same way. This was my third summit of Baldy, but the first time in the winter. This is an awesome peak.
Nice climb, Walking up the road sucked but it was a super clear day and you could see for miles
Nice, steep route. Very warm day for January. No wind. Climbed the ridge all the way to the summit of Mt. Harwood. Then walked over to the saddle between Baldy and Harwood, put on cramp-ons and continued on to the summit of Baldy. Returned via Baldy Bowl and Ski Hut Trail. Had the hills to myself, didn't see a single soul the entire day.