Mount San Antonio (Mount Baldy) Climber's Log

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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.


Smith93 - Sep 9, 2006 12:39 am Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2006

8000 Meter Challenge  Sucess!

The 8000 Meter Challenge is a competition sponsored by JanSport between all outdoor retail companies; for example REI, SportChalet and Adventure 16. You have to summit Mt. Baldy, San Gorgonio Mountain and San Jacinto Peak in 24 hours. This was the first of the three peaks. We all began hiking at 4:50am, I summited at 6:57am and arrived back at the cars at 8:20. Total hiking time was 3 hours and 30 minuets. It was a very beautiful day and temperatures were nice throughout the hike.


Travis_ - Sep 7, 2006 3:32 am Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2005

Baldy and 3 T's + Harwood  Sucess!

Did all 5 peaks in the heat! Crazy but fun.


MelbaToast - Sep 5, 2006 2:02 am Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2006

Bear Canyon  Sucess!

Still training for Whitney on Sept. 9. Hot day but nice route.


mdostby - Sep 1, 2006 2:31 am Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2006

Another nice day on Baldy  Sucess!

Nice casual hike up the ski hut trail and down the backbone. Very warm day. Hiked with long time friend John.


MelbaToast - Aug 28, 2006 4:23 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2006

Under the Lift  Sucess!

Went with my friend Bill who wanted to hike up under the ski lift and do the Backbone Trail. Kinda crazy but we did it. Gorgeous day with a nice cool breeze. That first part was steep, 1300' in a mile. We're training for Whitney in a couple of weeks. Nice day.


derbilly - Aug 17, 2006 4:05 pm Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2005

SoCal HP Extravaganza  Sucess!

2nd SoCal highpoint. We took the lift to Devils Backbone. Pretty nice day. We could see the other 3 highpoints from the summit.


kngalaric - Aug 7, 2006 11:13 pm

Many a good time  Sucess!

I've hiked up Baldy so many times, I can't even count them all. My favorite time was when clouds covered the earth at 6000' feet. All the peaks around SoCal were identifiable, but the smog and garbage was not!

Magnificent when the views are clear, pretty good even when they aren't.

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