Even for Southern California, the conditions on Feb. 10, 2007 were absurdly un-winterish. Clouds early, but then the sun shone for the rest of our trip, and temperatures were mostly t-shirt level (although the top had a chilly, 20-30mph wind). Snow on the trail was limited to 15'-diameter patches you could step over or around -- I wore trail runners the whole way, and felt awfully silly for packing 7 pounds of mountain boots & crampons in my pack. Hiking steadily but not especially fast, we summitted in 3:30, and descended in about 2:10. The descent is a bit of a quad-punisher.
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.
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.
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.
Climbed this long ago. Should go up here again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ski hut to Baldy Bowl, up one of the chutes, down the trail.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
Various dayhikes, all from Baldy notch. One in 1993, one in 2001, one in 2005.
Great trail. Great weather. First time above 10k feet.
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!
Day-hiked in September 2003. Lots of haze over the LA basin.