Mount San Antonio (Mount Baldy) Climber's Log

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shknbke - Jan 23, 2007 12:03 am Date Climbed: Dec 16, 2006

up ski hut trail, down Devil's Backbone  Sucess!

climbed Baldy with locals luciano136 and gigamike via a cool loop hike. This felt like a popular CO 14er in terms of the crowd as there were quite a few folks on a marginal day. We got through the backbone w/o having to breakout axe and crampons.


flahaut - Jan 22, 2007 1:17 am Date Climbed: Jan 21, 2007

Nothing but WIND

I'd be curious to know if anyone summited today. If so, they wanted it more than I did. I've probalby climbed Baldy 12 time in the last 6 months, but I've never seen wind like today. I'd guess 80 mph gusts.

anymountain - Jan 21, 2007 8:44 pm Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2007

Testing new Bivy  Sucess!

Started at 2pm, summited 7:30. The plan was to test new bivy's and healed broken foot.

left axes and crampons in car. Thermometor read below 20 degrees above sierra hut. Winds at Summit where 30 knots, a guess. dropped down 300 feet and spent night, marginally comfortable.

Bivy's and foot both performed well.


LC - Jan 12, 2007 4:33 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 1994

usual route  Sucess!

Climbed this long ago. Should go up here again.


Smith93 - Jan 12, 2007 2:31 am Date Climbed: Jan 11, 2007

Sunny to clouds in 5 minuets flat!  Sucess!

I started hiking at about 8:20am there was little snow on the trail all the way to the Sierra Club Ski Hut. Past the bowl the snow begins, it's very icy and continues to the top of the ridge. I reached the top at about 2pm and then descended along the Devils Backbone trail to the Baldy ski area; from there I took the service road all the way down to my car at Manker Flats. I don't think that the temperature ever got above 40 degrees. Plus the winds on the ridges and on the summit could push you around a little bit. It was a long day, but very fun.


MtnAv8r - Jan 6, 2007 10:22 pm

LA's Best Kept Secret  Sucess!

Great Hike anytime of year. Devils backbone is great, and really fun when it's windy. Bear Creek is one long march to the top. Go another way. Ski bowl is fun snow climb. Watch out for skiiers, boarders, and crazy glissaders. Avalanche danger is a big concern on this route during winter.

Climber Dave

Climber Dave - Jan 2, 2007 3:34 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2006

From the Village  Sucess!

We took the Bear Creek trail up (from the village) and down the backbone to the Notch. Steep most of the way, but didnt see another sole till near the top.

8/18/07 Went up via the Harwood trail(Register Ridge) tagged Mt Harwood on the way, Nice calm sunny day on hte summit.


mvpol - Jan 1, 2007 4:59 pm Date Climbed: Dec 30, 2006

What month is this?  Sucess!

An absolutely gorgeous day on Baldy. Took the Ski-Hut trail up and the Backbone down. A little snow on the trail in parts, but nothing we didn't feel comfortable with not having any winter gear.

CNC Dave

CNC Dave - Dec 30, 2006 7:02 pm Date Climbed: Dec 26, 2006

Ski hut trail  Sucess!

This trip was a pleasant surprise. Even though it is very close to the city the area here is quite wild and beautiful. Its also a steep-ass trail, good views, lots of connecting trails for long milage if you want it.


Bill562 - Dec 27, 2006 4:17 am Date Climbed: Dec 23, 2006

Baldy Bowl  Sucess!

Ski hut to Baldy Bowl, up one of the chutes, down the trail.


Smith93 - Dec 3, 2006 10:06 pm Date Climbed: Dec 1, 2006

Didn't have enough time...

Only made it to the ridge above Baldy Bowl because I didn't have enough time to get to the top and make it all the way back down so that I could be at work at 2pm. I'm going back on Monday and Wednesday, this is the begining of my training for Mt. Shasta and Mt. Rainier.


Blair - Nov 12, 2006 4:50 pm Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2006

Devil's Backbone speed ascent  Sucess!

3h 48m! We ran up and down the backbone, and it was fun! Finally got the three saintly mountains of socal! Worst view of the three,a really smoggy day.After spending a year training in the San Gorgonio wilderness, this was a walk in the park!


flahaut - Nov 6, 2006 3:48 pm Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2006

All Alone  Sucess!

Hiked up late Friday night and spent the night on the summit. Beautiful full moon. Didn't even need to turn my headlamp on. Didn't see a soul until about 9:00 a.m. on Saturday when the day-hikers began congregating.


rematore - Oct 29, 2006 6:09 am Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2006

Mt. Baldy  Sucess!

This was my first mountain above 10k ft. All-in-all, it went well. I climbed the devils backbone trail after mistakenly going directly up the ski slopes, which were quite steep. At times they were over 35% grade. Not having done much climbing before this, I started at a blistering pace....progressively slowing until the lodge at the top of the first ski slope.

After that, all went well. I summitted and was back at my car in about 4 hours. I basically ran down the hill because I was afraid that my rental car would be locked in the parking area.

Good times though!!


grunt - Oct 29, 2006 1:28 am Date Climbed: Oct 28, 2006

Devil's Backbone  Sucess!

Great weather, but the view was increasingly obscured by smoke from the Esperanza fire. Lots of people out on the trail and summit. Couldn't find a summit register, but enjoyed a nice long rest reclining in one of the many windbreaks. My first SoCal highpoint.

mlarkin2002 - Oct 17, 2006 10:49 pm

Various - 3X  Sucess!

Various dayhikes, all from Baldy notch. One in 1993, one in 2001, one in 2005.


whaynal - Oct 4, 2006 1:56 am Date Climbed: May 6, 2006

Devil's Backbone  Sucess!

Great trail. Great weather. First time above 10k feet.


surgent - Sep 18, 2006 7:29 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2000

Lived in its shadow for 21 years  Sucess!

Finally got around to hiking it 8 years after I moved out of the LA area. Fun hike, but very hot and exposed to the sun. Heatwave in SoCal at that time. Ran low on water, stumbled out to my truck ... thank heavens there was a small pub just down the road!


rhyang - Sep 18, 2006 1:55 pm

Devil's Backbone (ascent), Ski Hut (descent)  Sucess!

Day-hiked in September 2003. Lots of haze over the LA basin.


MakeItHappen - Sep 15, 2006 9:14 pm Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006

Check it oooout

See my Ski Hut Trail Route log post. Good conditioning hike.

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