I'd been looking up at Baldy all week while I was in Pomona for a trade show and since I had to work the weekend, I took this Monday off and got a little peak-bagging done!
Parked on the street in front of the ranger station in town and took off up the road on the left toward the trail. Fantastic old growth Incense Cedars - got to be about the biggest anywhere in this canyon.
The trail is a bit overgrown in places - had to squeeze sideways to avoid getting scratched up - more of our forest pass dollars NOT at work.
Made the summit in 4 1/2 hours - It was 102 in Ontario that day and the summit was a surprisingly cool 60 or so with a foot of snow or more in places on the top. Decided to make a loop out of it after talking to a couple of guys at the summit who told me what trail to take down to do that. Started back by going due south on a trail that then turned east and dropped down a steep slope. Ended up at Manker Flat and had to run about 4 more miles down the road to get to my car - A guy I passed on the trail and talked to briefly caught up with me and gave me a ride the last couple of miles - George, wherever you are - thanks! - I was really tired, whether I admitted it at the time or not!
Beautiful place. Will do it again when I get the chance.
Beautiful along devils backbone, had been up multiple times and never seen icehouse canyon, worth it.
It is a steep, long hike. about 7 mile one way, and 5000' elevation gain; good for training hike to Mt. Whitney.
The first mountain of our brutal 8000m Challenge. A lovely sunrise hike, and a fun start to an amazing day.
Beautiful climb with only a couple of hikers on the way up. I got to the top just as the the winner in the 35th annual Mt. Baldy Run to the Top crossed the finish line. I was soon joined by more than 500 runners running up the trail from the ski lift. I descended against the tide tide of runners and was back at the car 4.5 hours after I started. This was my 100th County High Point.
I remember the bent over metal support poles along the steep and narrow backbone section. I have skied Baldy in the winter when I lived in Los Angeles.
Wowsers. What a beast. Did this 6000', 6 mile climb as a training hike for Rainier - and those switchbacks in the mountain desert the first 3 miles or so got me. I was totally humbled when I had to stop periodically to catch my breath. Reached the summit in 3 hours, back down in 2.5.
Have summited at least fifty different times. A great way to spend a Saturday morning. For something you'll never forget, try an ascent by full moon and chill on the summit til sunrise.
A nice hike with good easterly views. Lots of people on the summit. I highly recommend doing this in Spring or fall. The Summer is a bit too warm.
The Backbone Trail was intimidating in some places for an inexperienced hiker...steep sides that fall away for what looks like miles...but it was a thrill to get to the top. I forgot about getting back down! Fun trip that I'd love to do again.
Every time going up there is an excitment.; good training hike. beautifull view eventhough there are many smog in S. Ca. GO THERE AGAIN AND AGAIN
It is very steep. I hiked up before; may be I am older now. It was a good hike.
I enjoyed the area today. I took the road up to the ski area, and visited Thunder, Harwood and finally Baldy. I was very happy to see a herd of Bighorn Sheep up there and snapped some fine photos. Lovely area.
This is the only hike in which I feel I cheated, we parked at the lot and paid to take the ski lift up, which feels weird without a snowboard under my feet, yet, from the hut, the hike was fun and the wind-n-snow added to the excitement.
My first night time summit on a gorgeous moonlit night. I summitted at 2am, slept till ~6am and awoke to a huge swarm of moths.
My dog and I had a great trip. It was great to get above the clouds.
Great day for a hike. 6000' elevation gain on this steep 6-mile trip. Hiked with my hiking buddy Dan. Took our time. Headed up the trail at 6am. On top at 10:30am. Quite a few people on top (20-30?). Went over to west peak of Baldy before heading back down. The hike down is not too much fun due to its steepness and loose scree. First time up this trail, although second time on top of Baldy. Great hike. Met a man on the way up who was hiking this trail for the 123rd time!
Did a loop hike -- up the Ski Hut Trail, down the Devil's Backbone Trail. The snowfield below the summit is only about 15 - 20 feet wide at this point. There were a few dozen people at the summit when I was up there. Visibility wasn't great at the top, but at least heat wasn't a factor. A great way to spend a Saturday morning!
Probably my first peak. I hiked it in college, almost 10! years ago. I went from Baldy Village with a bunch of very fit guys who kicked my butt. Despite being last to the top, and despite it being a smoggy day so you couldn't see anything, reaching the top felt great. It was an overnight trip, and we slept in rocky wind shelters at the top. I had just gone on my first backpacking trip a few months before, little did I know climbing was next. Ah, memories!