On the Christmas Eve day of 2002, Michael Gordon, Joe LeMay, Babu Sherpa Long Chen and I, all of us from SCMA, hiked up the central bowl from San Antonio hut. We found some soft snow, breakable crust, frozen snow, touches of hard ice and steep terrain up the gully. Beautiful, cloudy day in Southern California and nobody else on the mountain. Had very "interesting" descent down the bowl without ice axes and crampons. A bit sporting, even for very experienced group of alpinists. My 130th time on the top.
Attempted baldy a month ago via the blue ridge trail and failed to make it. last time stoped at pine mountain and turned around. this time i decided to take a more direct route. The baldy bowl trail was steeper than i had expected and my wife didn't let me forget about that. sure is a nice feeling to get to the top. Beutiful day, lovely skies and views for miles.
My home Summit Logs indicate, that I climbed Mt.Baldy some 129 times between 1973 and 2002.
Some trips I remember, in 1983, Miguel Carmona and I skied the South Ridge to the summit, slept there, then did the traverse of the 3 "T" peaks to Ice House Canyon and from there climbed Ontario Peak and back to car. This was overnight skiing trip in late December. It was some 10,000 feet of elevation gain and 27 miles of skiing and snow hiking.
In December of 1999, in incredible wind and snow storm (60mph?), Miguel and I crawled on all four to the summit, only to see two other guys do the same. Michael Gordon (see the Baldy Main Page photo) and Johny (Downtown) Brown were the other insane people on the summit that day.
We climbed the mountain in just over three hours via San Antonio Hut in 1994, with 50 lbs packs, preparing for Himalayan Expedition.
That hill is an incredible training ground for all of us in Southern California. Love it!
The Bear Canyon route is the most strenuous and arguably the most rewarding. An excellent route to measure your personal ascent capabilities in terms of elevation gain per hour.
A nice hike! We saw a nice healthy big horn ram on the way up. The views were good.
Great Hike with Charles from BCCF
An all inclusive trip, we went up Devil's Backbone on the ascent and decended through the Sierra Club Ski Hut Trail. On the way back we took an extra special detour through Manker Cutoff, not recommended. The trail is a proposed advanced bike trail and is not maintained, the trail has a lot of loose rocks and you can fall down easily.
Mike Dornheim and myself reached the summit from Manker Flat, hiking in the afternoon and coming back after dark. It took us about 7 hours, car to car, and I used about 3 liters of water.
This was my second attempt at Baldy. My friends and I made an attempt in May, but the entire mountain was covered in clouds/fog. When we made that attempt everything was covered in ice and we even got caught in a small hale storm. Eventually the cold got the best of us and we called it a day after passing the boulder field.
Two months later and we went for it again. We hit the trailhead at about 8:30 and made very good time getting to the ski hut. Some menacing looking clouds had started forming over the summit. Luckily the clouds blocked the sun for most of our climb past the boulder field. As we neared the top, some climbers on their way down advised us that there was a lot of lightning coming from the clouds.
We hit the summit at about 12:30. We ate lunch and watched the lightning strikes hitting across the valley between us and the Baden-Powell area. We left the summit at about 1:30.
Moments after leaving the summit, I was shocked to realise that I had drank all of the water in my 3 liter bladder. Luckily we had a spare 16 ounce bottle of water to last me for the descent.
The descent was rather trying. The heat of the day was in full-effect, and there was no cloud-cover to protect us. Heat became a major factor as we passed the ski hut. It made for very slow going.
We made it back to the car at 4:30. If you plan to do this hike in the summer, be sure to bring plenty of water.
easy day hike from the top of the ski lift.
This was my first solo hike, and my first real elevation. It was exciting and scarey, and I loved it!
Nice day, some falling ice from the trees.
hazy view from the summit, a bit warm, some bugs now but nice hike
70 degrees at the summit. Clear skies, no snow or ice. great conditions for a hike.
summited twice in december, once with my daughter and once with my wife. we climbed the devils backbone both times. the trips took roughly 6 hours.
Troop 883 bagged another peak. We spent the night with a group from the Sierra Club at the hut(Great Hosts) on Saturday night and climbed to the top by noon on Sunday. We had three rookies with us making their first peaks. Way to go guys! Snow on the trail up from the hut and clear once we reached the notch. The group included 2 adults Scott and Mike and 7 boys Kyle, Pat, Shea, Kevin, Danny, Georgie and Kyle M. We were joined at the hut by a mom and her 7 year old son (Kat and Zaid) they went with us to the top.
Very nice and warm day. Windy and a little cool on the summit. Climbed with friends Dan and Gary. Some snow beyond the ski hut and near the summit but nothing major.
After cold temps and snow falling during the previous week - thought this would be a great time for some winter climbing and views from Mt Baldy. I started from Baldy Notch about 10 AM. With breaks and moderate pace - about 2.5 hours up and 1.5 hours down. Temps were warm most of the climb until above 9000 ft with Wind chill. Snow was fairly solid along devils backbone with little post holeing on the way up. Not so good on the way down in the afternoon. Sinking in to my knees in some spots. On the way up - didn't need cramps at all - put them on for some sections on the way down. Had ice axe out on the backbone both ways though. Great views from the summit in all directions. Coming from home at Sea level only a few hours before I was feeling the thin air at the top, but felt good all the same
Nice day. Climbed with forjan. Crampons required in the chutes just above and west of the hut. Light rock fall in the chutes. Later in the day the snow softened up. Icy in spots.
A beautiful hike from all sides. In September 2000 my son and I, with some friends, did a traverse beginning in Wrightwood and ending by descending the Bear Canyon trail. Very enjoyable hike. Yesterday we ascended via the Ski Hut trail, though we went up the bare icy slope rather than the switchbacks through the trees (just past the Ski Hut). We got a chance to try out the new crampons and ice axe. Very nice.
Beautiful, crisp, cool morning. Assended the San Antonio Ski Hut Route and came down the Devil's Backbone to the Baldy Notch. Then took the easy way the rest of the way down. Great views from the top. Could see Catalina Island above all the fog and Southern California haze. Had great views of the Mohave Desert and beyond to the Southern Sierra. Also could see San Gorgonio, Baden-Powell and San Jacinto.