Mt. Baldy Day Hike Xerox Mountaineering & Backpacking Club

at San Gabriel Mountains Sunday, 5 September 1993

Brief: Take the Mt. Baldy ski lift up to the "Top of the Notch". From there take the devil’s backbone trail to the top of Mt. San Antonio (Mt. Baldy, 10,064’). From notch (7800’) to summit is approximately 3.2 (6.4 round trip) miles with an elevation gain of roughly 2300 feet. The book "Afoot and Afield in Los Angeles County" rates this trip as moderately strenuous (Area A-12, Trip #7 Old Baldy-East Approach).

What: The goal of the hike is to reach the summit of Mt. Baldy, also known by its official name of Mt. San Antonio.

Where: Mt. Baldy (or San Antonio if you prefer) is the highest point in Los Angeles County. It is located in the San Gabriel Mountains about 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, and due north of the city of Claremont. On clear days it may be seen from almost everywhere in the Los Angeles basin. It is capped with snow in winter. It is climbed by more people than any other mountain in the western United States.

When: Meet at 9:00 am in the parking lot at the base of the ski lift . We will try to return to the cars mid to late afternoon. Lunch will be on the summit. There might be a post hike gathering in Claremont.

Who: Recommended for those in good condition, but less experienced hikers are welcome.
Please contact the leader in advance if you plan to come.

Bring: Lunch, water (at least 2 liters for hike), sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, strong flashlight, and the remainder of the 10 essentials. Lug-soled boots are required. It may be cold and windy on top so a warm jacket or windbreaker and long pants are recommended.

NOTE: The ski lift is in operation on weekends from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and there is an $8.00 charge for round trip transportation.

Weather: If it looks like it’s going to be stormy or wet, we’ll cancel. If it gets too windy, we’ll quit early. If you have doubts about the weather, give me a call.

Car Pooling: Call Richard to make arrangements.

Topo Map: USGS 7.5-min Mount San Antonio, Telegraph Peak

Directions: Take the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) east to the Indian Hill Blvd. exit in Claremont. Turn left onto Indian Hill and follow it about four miles to Baseline Road. Right on Baseline about one mile to Mills Ave. Left on Mills, past the houses, then right when the street leaves the developed areas. At the next stop sign continue straight ahead. Very quickly you will start climbing into the mountains. About 15 miles from the freeway you will enter Mt. Baldy Village, continue past the village about three more miles until the road widens at Manker Flats, continue on for approximately another 1/2 mile to the parking lot at the base of the ski lift. Park anywhere in the parking lot (as close to the lift as possible).

From South Bay area it’s about 80 miles so give yourself approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours drive time depending on traffic.

Questions? Call Richard Cranston - work: (714)565-1673 or home (714)893-8659. e-Mail: <RCRAN:Costa Mesa>.