Mount San Antonio (Mount Baldy) Climber's Log

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Cedar - Nov 11, 2009 9:11 pm Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2009

Windy (and Cold) Day  Sucess!

Took the ski lift up to the Notch at around 9:30 AM. Reached the top at 12 and went over to West Baldy for some open space (all the wind-breaks on the summit were taken). It was the windiest I've seen on the mountain. The wind made the cold quite a bit worse. Left the summit at 12:45 PM and reached the Notch at 1:50 PM. Left the Notch on the lifts at aroun 3:00 PM (after a big group of 31 went down). Now that was one COLD ride coming down with the freezing winds!


ericwillhite - Oct 27, 2009 2:30 am Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2009

Baldy Bowl Trail  Sucess!

Did this one in the dark as I got going too early. Sun came up about halfway down. Glad to grab this one while on a family trip. Pics and map at


tarol - Oct 25, 2009 9:37 am Date Climbed: Oct 24, 2009

Fabulous  Sucess!

Since I see this mountain everyday, I knew I had to climb it. Hiked via the Devil's Backbone. Great views from the top stretching all the way to the Channel Islands. Beautiful wind-stunted trees along the way. Loved the hike!

Iron Hiker

Iron Hiker - Oct 18, 2009 5:41 pm Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2009

Baldy the first time.....the Hard Way  Sucess!

Decided to climb Baldy from the North Backbone via Wrightwood - quite the butt-kicker. Ascended Wright, Pine, and Dawson along the way and did it all in reverse too. But it was a rewarding day in the mountains all the same!

Reclimbed via the Bowl and down via the Backbone on August 18, 2012. Clouds blowing over the top kept things cool, a very neat experience.


cdewhurst - Sep 21, 2009 5:26 pm Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2009

cdewhurst  Sucess!

2nd time on Baldy this year. Once in March with more snow and this trip with little/no snow. Look forward to glissading down the bowl in the winter and spring.


cab - Aug 31, 2009 3:30 pm

Great Training Mountain  Sucess!

Baldy Bowl is a great place in the winter for practicing snow skills. Easy to get to and a nice local snow climb. I usually stay away in the summer because it gets soooo crowded.

Sam Page

Sam Page - Aug 30, 2009 1:55 am Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2009

Complete south ridge  Sucess!

The ridge I am calling the south ridge is the one the ski hut trail finishes on. From Manker Flats, I descended about 100 yards, turned right on the residential road, and slid my way down to the stream bed. Then I groveled up the line of least resistance (which turned out to be a lot of resistance) to the ridge, which I followed to the intersection with the ski hut trail and on to the summit. The ridge (below the intersection) has a wild, untraveled feel, with lots of open rock and the occasional scramble. The total elevation gain is about 4200 feet, and the ascent took me 3.5 hours. I give it a class 2 rating. To my enemies I would recommend the grovel to the ridgeline, and to my friends I would recommend the walk along the ridge.


vyzer - Aug 28, 2009 1:54 pm Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2009

Great feeling  Sucess!

The air was the most hazy I've seen in a long time, but I had a day off and had been wanting to climb Baldy, so I went for it. The views were obstructed, but the feeling of reaching the top after hiking a rocky trail for 3 hours was greatness!


friendowl - Aug 24, 2009 5:03 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2009

Mt. Baldy is like my grandfather.  Sucess!

im always welcome,and he's always teaching me new things about myself and my surroundings.


missymtngirl - Aug 20, 2009 6:15 am

Yay......I did this hike along with the rest of Southern California!!!

What can I 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


theflyingmountaineer - Aug 16, 2009 12:59 am Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2009

Happy Birthday, Dad!  Sucess!

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!


KVHiker - Aug 13, 2009 7:08 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2009

6 Peaks 8000 Feet  Sucess!

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.



strudolyubov - Aug 7, 2009 5:26 pm Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2006

San Antonio x3  Sucess!

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!


McCannster - Jul 16, 2009 12:19 am Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2009

LA County HP  Sucess!

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.


eazup - Jul 12, 2009 9:50 pm Date Climbed: Oct 30, 2008

many many  Sucess!

cool hike


Robb - Jul 12, 2009 2:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2009

5 Peak Day  Sucess!

We bagged 5 peaks today. Pine, Dawson, Baldy, Harwood, and Wright. What a great day!


madmallard - Jun 29, 2009 6:47 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2009

Mmm, smog...  Sucess!

nothing like seeing the air that you are breathing. 11 of 57 bagged.

youngsterOC - Jun 10, 2009 11:55 am

First summit  Sucess!

Slept on the summit, watched the Perseid meteor shower. Unforgettable!


Diggler - Jun 2, 2009 4:12 pm Date Climbed: May 29, 2009

Nice day!  Sucess!

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!


renaistre - May 25, 2009 5:42 pm

Awesome Memories  Sucess!

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.

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