Took advantage of the dry winter to try the Register Ridge route. Carried microspikes, but did not use them despite the steep snow at the top of the ridge and on Devil's Backbone. Tagged Harwood, then went over Baldy and down via the Ski Hut trail.
Beautiful day with gale-force winds pummeling anyone adventurous enough to tackle the summit. Returned via the Devil's Backbone route and nearly blew away during the first 600' of the descent. The $10 spent for the tram ride was well worth it!
from maniker flat through devils backbone returning via sky hat
Hiked up via Register Ridge
Great ridge hike with some steep spots. The best views in the range.
Did this from the parking lot up the maitenance road to the notch to devil's backbone via Summit. Loved it!!
Made this hike from the Manker Flats trailhead. Pretty easy trail. It was hotter than I expected, but I had plenty of water. The trail was pretty busy. This is the hike which has set me to find more high peaks to conquer, but I like the solitude of the less travelled routes.
55 & First time up this peak? Ya got to be kidding me. But yes, sad fact is it took me this long to get around to bagging this summit. Great views! My worn out boots made the snowy bits challenging. Glad I had a walking stick.
Sunny and windy. Trail was dry until the hut. Hut to 8800' ridge had 6-24" of snow. Snow picked up, iced over in places, at 9200' and continued to the summit. Most of the people I passed had crampons but one couple had made it without even microspikes.
Took the ski lift up part way and hiked the summit via Devil's backbone. This was the first time I've done a big hike without any sort of attempt at altitude acclimation and I felt it!
Just guessing on the date. Really fun hike that was actually tougher than I was expecting. Ran into San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson on the summit. How cool is that? Be prepared for a great workout!
Needing to warm up for C2C the following week, took the Bear Canyon trail for a speed ascent. Tagged West Baldy for extra credit and extra gain on the way back.
Beautiful day on the mountain. Great conditions. A little slushy on the way down tho.
Climbed up the ski hut trail and down the backbone with a stop at the Notch. Windy and cold at the top. My first time but not the last!
with buddies from grad school
Went up the ski hut trail which was warmer than a month ago. Down the backbone with a tiny bit of wind and some beers at the notch before heading back to the car. Carried 45lbs to start training for Rainier next summer
First time at l0,000 ft since my lung surgeries.
Hiked from the service road near the ski hut to the Notch to Devils backbone to summit. Lots of people out that day, really fun and took us 6 hours total. Rang the bell on the way back and had a delich burger at Baldy Cafe down in town. Loved it
Did a quick run up Baldy before my flight out on Sunday. Amazing that you can get up to 10k ft so close to LA!
harwood, baldy, w baldy; 12 miles and 4500' gain