Bear Flats A Day Hike 29 October 1988

What: An easy to moderate day hike.

Where: Baldy Village to Bear Flats, San Antonio Canyon. San Gabriel Mtns. North of Pomona.

When: Saturday, 10/29/88. Start 9:30 am. Return by 3 pm or so.

Statistics: Easy to Moderate. 4 miles RT; 1300 ft elev. gain.

Maps: "Mt. Baldy" 7.5’ Topo. Optional: "Mount San Antonio" for the area to the north of the flats.

Roadhead Instructions: In Pomona, exit from Interstate 10 onto Indian Hill Bl. going north (left). Continue on through Claremont past Foothill Bl to Baseline. Turn right on Baseline. Go east to Mills & turn left (north). Stay on main road as it curves right, past a stop sign (Padua), & starts climbing. Go on into Baldy Village. Turn left at Bear Canyon Rd just across from the Mt. Baldy Lodge. Park right there in sight of the lodge. This is where we’ll start our hike.

Equipment & Preparation: Water, lunch , wind-shirt/jacket, sweater, etc. This time of year it can be either cold or warm and it’s not always obvious from down below. 10-Essentials. Running, tennis shoes or light boots are fine. Dogs ok.

Trip Description: The first half mile is on a paved road. After that, we will be on good trail. Until we finally switch back up onto the ridge to the right, we’ll be walking past summer cabins. Bear Flats is a small mountain meadow usually covered with grass. Depending upon the weather, we can either choose a spot in the meadow or under some trees for lunch.

For future reference, this is just the beginning of a very strenuous hike to the top of Mt Baldy, the route Bruce Corning led a few weeks ago on the club’s dual climb of that peak. From here, the trail climbs out onto the high ridge above and to the left and can get quite hot as it is exposed. It’s not unusual to see Bighorn sheep in the early morning up there.

But, on this trip, we will relax at Bear Flats before returning the same way we came.

Questions, etc.: Feel free to call. As usual, I’d appreciate knowing who’s coming. Then I can let you know of any last minute changes. Obviously bad weather will cancel.

Leader: Jack Cook, W - 333-5214, H - 371-2706, E-Mail - JCook:El Segundo:Xerox


Some Upcoming Trips

Nov 5-6 Rock climbing, practice, instruction at Fossil Falls, Owens Valley. Call Joe Wheeler or Jack Cook for further information.

Nov 12, Sat. Annual club banquet. At del Contes in Torrance. Contact Gracie McKewen or any club officer.

Nov 19, Sat. Day hike. Any requests? contact Jack Cook

Dec 2-4 (Fri-Sun) Joshua Tree car camp. Reservations required - contact Randy Ortland or Jack Cook.