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May 11 2016
WaitingForRain
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30 female
 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Mt Baldy TrailLos Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Hiking avatar May 11 2016
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Hiking12.90 Miles 6,300 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles
6,300 ft AEG
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This was my first semi-high altitude summit hike. I know it is pretty low alt for any mountaineer, but it is a great trail and the summit definitely felt like an achievement for me. I have been obsessed with getting better and hiking more ever since I did this one. Such an inspiration.
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Jul 25 2015
Lucyan
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39 female
 Joined Jan 18 2011
 In the Wild
Mt Baldy TrailLos Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2015
Lucyan
Hiking12.90 Miles 6,300 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles
6,300 ft AEG
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We left Phoenix Friday after work and drove east of Los Angeles to St. Antonio aka Mt. Baldy trailhead. Got there just after midnight, campground was full so we decided sleep near the trailhead by the cars. We started hiking little after 7am.
We started at the Manker Flats trailhead (National Parks Adventure Pass required), taking the winding fire road up Baldy Notch, then hiking the Devil’s Backbone to the summit. We reached the summit after 10:30am and stayed till noon. It was chilly and windy up there but still pleasant. The views were amazing. Our return route took us down the steep Baldy Bowl trail, passing the Sierra Club Ski Hut and San Antonio Falls on the way back to Manker Flats. We were back at the cars around 2:20pm.
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Apr 09 2014
tarryon
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60 female
 Joined Oct 14 2012
 nm
Mt Baldy TrailLos Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2014
tarryon
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.12 mph
1,000 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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***I can not remember the saddle trail I was on, I will have to look it up and change****

I met a Paul on this trail. He gave me some good information. It is quite popular in the lower section and has a clear, flowing creek. In parts the trail is even wet.
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Sep 24 2012
PatrickL
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28 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Mt Baldy TrailLos Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2012
PatrickL
Hiking13.30 Miles 6,090 AEG
Hiking13.30 Miles   7 Hrs   47 Mns   2.30 mph
6,090 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break16 LBS Pack
 
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A lot more AEG than I was expecting, but I'll roll with it.

This one's been on my radar for some time, but I realistically figured it would be best to get in better shape before I went after it. My trip 1-2 weeks ago had a few hikes with some good AEG, so with autumn weather on the way, and a newly pumpkin'd work schedule, I figured it was now or next year. After a night in Anaheim (thanks, Sam!) and an hour drive through the early morning, traffic-less roads of Southern California, I was at the visitor center in Baldy Village. It was about 630 and they were closed so I was happy to have already picked up my Adventure Pass the day before.

Finding the trail was confusing. A truck pulled through the locked gate to the visitor center parking lot, and though the driver wasn't with the FS, he gave me directions. Still a little unsure of where I was going, I asked a man who was taking out his trash if I was on the right track and he reassured me I was. More walking along the road finally put me on the trail. I made my way up to Bear Flat and began the warm, exposed switchbacks through the chaparral.

I kept a steady, not-so-fast pace through the vast majority of the climb. It seems to have worked well enough. Around 6800ft, the winds became evident. The breeze was a cool relief while heading up the steady grade. I passed two backpackers who had spent the night near the peak about 4 miles up. Not long after, I came to a nice but brief section of trail similar to Devil's Backbone. This was followed by some flatter sections through a thin forest of trees that I can't indentify because I'm stupid. Not long after this, I was standing alone on top of the San Gabriel Mountains. :y:

The winds were fierce and I took cover in one of the rock shelters after exploring for a bit. I was up there for a while. One other person walked by, but otherwise it was deserted (perhaps just too early). On the way back down, I figured I'd bag West Baldy since it was right there. I couldn't find any of the benchmarks, but that's not to say they aren't there. Coming down wasn't a quick affair. It was certainly work on the legs. I'll have to tuck and roll next time.

The following day (today if you stay current with triplogs), I snoozed until it was too late to hike San Gorgonio, despite having a wilderness permit and another Adventure Pass in my possession. I always forget that you don't feel sore until the day after. My actions were justified to some degree when I saw the awful, awful smog on the drive home. I don't recall it ever being so bad, but I probably said the same thing last time I was out there.
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