What can I say...it had to be done. I've climbed this about 3 times now. All I can say is I'm glad I'm still alive. Let me tell you...doing this hike with dark clouds rolling in can be hazardous for your health...this is the closest I've ever come to being struck by lightening. The image of a perfectly shaped bolt will forever be ingrained in my mind. I'm glad the devils backbone was merciful that one eventful day!
Year Climbed: 2005
Took the ski lift up to Baldy Notch for a beautiful hike celebrating my dad's 47th birthday. Summited in about 2 1/4 hours. Great day!
There were a lot of hikers in this section of the trail which is pretty steep. We moved right along amidst the traffic up the bare landscape via many small switchbacks. Mount San Antonio is also known Mount Baldy. Mount Baldy is the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains with an elevation of 10,064’. There is no register up there, but there is a giant plaque which I took a picture of. The distance to San Antonio from Mount Harwood is .8 miles, and the elevation gain is 704’. After enjoying the amazing view for awhile we headed over to West Baldy.
Climbed San Antonio three times via Baldy Trail from Bear Canyon, from Manker Flats and via Devil's Backbone from Baldy Notch. Beautiful area, awesome views!
From the ski lift parking lot, walked up use trails to Baldy Notch, from there over Harwood to summit. Pretty good views, as far as SoCal goes. Just a little under 4 hrs car to car.
We bagged 5 peaks today. Pine, Dawson, Baldy, Harwood, and Wright. What a great day!
nothing like seeing the air that you are breathing. 11 of 57 bagged.
Slept on the summit, watched the Perseid meteor shower. Unforgettable!
Climbed with Faith, in preparation for a Cactus to Clouds bid the next day. It was a challenge just getting out of bed this morning, as I'd only slept about 4 hours after a long drive from the Bay the night before.
Starting from the road (below San Antonio Falls) at 10.26, we made fair time up the road, past the ghetto ski area, & up Devil's Backbone to the summit. Summited around 13.54. Clouds, smog, &/or haze obscured views in all directions, & nearby thunderstorms made us turn around just a few minutes after getting to the top. Regardless, the exposure on this class 1 trail was abnormal & fun, & the views of San Gorgonio & San Jacinto were nice. What a gem in the backyard of LA residents! Took the steep trail down to the chairlift parking on the return, saving at least 15 or 20 minutes, I'd surmise. Got back to the car around 17.00 or so.
Very nice day!
Baldy is a gem. I've climbed it at least six times via the ski hut trail, and I first learned to use an ice axe on the bowl. There's nothing like getting up above the clouds or the smog and standing on that summit to make you feel like you're worlds away from the city just below you.
Snow from 8,000 feet. Soft enough to kick step. Devil's backbone on the way down. 4th ascent.
boy that was a hard one....
Manker Flat to Baldy then Harwood. Devil's Backbone to Notch and then service road back to Manker. Did with my 17 year old son.
W/ Dad via Manker Flats, came down to Baldy Notch, then descended the maintenance road back to Manker Flats. Great views, and a little windy. Tagged Harwood also.
Again on 5/9/09.
Nice climb up the Devil's Backbone from the Baldy ski hut. Windy as hell on top but great views.
snow above 8500' off and on, but not a problem. should be gone in a few weeks
Climbed it many times. When I first started hiking, I was way out of shape, and this peak became my first goal. I can still remember how tired I was the first time I climbed it. Now it's my training peak for bigger and higher goals.
surprise blizzard while on Devil's Backbone
This was my first ascent to Mt. Baldy, I climbed it twice more after. This time I went from Manker Flats up the fire road to Baldy Notch and then along the Devil's Backbone. I got hypothermia at the top--good story, I'll write a trip report someday.
The second time I took the road from Manker Flats and then the trail past the San Antonio Ski Hut--saw two bighorn sheep at the very summit.
The third time I took the "intense" way from Mt. Baldy Village--wow, hard hike, even harder to pull one of my friends partway up.
I love Baldy--the king of the San Gabriels.