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Devil's Backbone TrailLos Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2014
Hiking3.10 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles
2,500 ft AEG
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It’s been 4 years since I last climbed Mt. San Antonio. I’ve been hiking a lot lately and am in pretty good shape. I wasn’t in nearly as good of shape for all of my previous climbs. So I was ready to see how I would handle the climb this time around. My 19 year old son agreed to join me. He vetoed my plans to make the hike a loop with a descent down the Baldy Bowl Trail. He’s not a shape, so it was for the better.

Just how out of shape my son is became evident very early. I would pace myself up the mountain for a half mile or so and stop and wait, sometimes as much as 10 minutes, for him to catch up. Early on I wasn’t sure if we would make the summit. My son’s calf muscles were very tight. He got them loosened up and we proceeded.

When we reached the saddle between Mt. Harwood and Mt. San Antonio, I told my son that I would see him at the top. This final 700+ vertical foot climb had always been hard on me in the past. Not this time. I felt great.

I sat in one of the makeshift wind shelters on the summit and ate my lunch. It was close to a half hour later when my son made it to the summit. He was doing OK, but was clearly wiped out. He had his lunch while I roamed around the summit taking photos. At one point a small plane buzzed West Baldy before circling Mt. San Antonio.

The descent was relatively uneventful. As we got closer to the bottom it started to get pretty hot. It turned out that southern California was much warmer than the forecast had called for. Glad it wasn’t as warm during our ascent.
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