This was my last full day of vacation in California so despite having
already hiked the Gabrielino Trail
and Mt. Wilson and the
High Desert Trail and Mt. Baden-Powell, I just knew I had to
get in one more hike before I returned to Illinois! So I made Mt. Baldy,
aka Mt. San Antonio, elevation 10,064', my destination. It turned out
to be the perfect choice!
I hadn't been to Mt. Baldy in 28 years: I camped on top of the mountain on the evening of America's Bicentennial - July 4, 1976! So when I arrived at the Manker Flat parking area, I wasn't exactly sure where to go.
I approached a fellow hiker, Russ Manion, and told him of my plans. He said, "Don't go that way (dirt road under the ski lifts), I'll show you a much better route." And so we teamed up for the ascent via the Sierra Club Ski Hut and Baldy Bowl. We were together for the entire hike. Today was a good day: a new trail and a new friend. Thanks again, Russ!
|Here's a map of my route. Go here for a larger map. The hike from Manker Flat to Mt. Baldy via the Sierra Club Ski Hut is about 5 miles each way, with an elevation gain of about 3200'.|
|San Antonio Falls as seen from the trail.|
|The Baldy Bowl area and the Sierra Club Ski Hut.|
|Russ on the trail with his homemade ultralight gear.|
|Yours truly on the trail, basking in the glorious scenery.|
|The Sierra Club Ski Hut.|
|The hut sleeps 24 (it would be cozy!) There is also an outhouse.|
|Russ takes a break at the hut.|
|Yours truly at the hut.|
|Baldy Bowl area above the ski hut.|
|Spectacular view of Upland, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and more.|
|Looking down on Manker Flat.|
|Bill. I'm sweating, but I feel GREAT!|
|More of me. (This may come as a surprise to you, but some people actually ask for pictures of me! Huh, mom.)|
|The "scree" of Baldy Bowl. Russ says many people, including himself, actually climb UP the bowl in the winter. No, thank you!|
|Bill with hat hair.|
Q: Why are there more pictures of Bill than of Russ?
A: Because it's Bill's web page!
|We're almost to the top, at about 9600'.|
|Russ. Across the bowl you can see the Devil's Backbone trail which runs from Baldy Notch to the summit.|
|View to Baldy Notch.|
|We made it! Plaque at the summit.|
|View of Mt. Wilson from the summit. I was on Mt. Wilson eleven days ago. Go here for a report.|
|Mt. Baden-Powell from the summit of Mt. Baldy. I was on Mt. Baden-Powell two days ago. Go here for a report.|
|Mt. Baden-Powell from the summit of Mt. Baldy.|
|Looking towards Mt. San Gorgonio.|
|Lytle Creek area (foreground) and Interstate 15 at Cajon Pass (background).|
|Interstate 15 towards Victorville.|
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