Mt. Baldy Day Hike Xerox Mountaineering & Backpacking Club

at San Gabriel Mountains Sunday, 22 October 1995

Brief: Hike to the Mt. Baldy summit via the San Antonio Falls route.

Description: Unfortunately the ski lift is not running so we can't use it to shorten the hike. We will hike up the San Antonio Falls fire road 3 miles up to the lodge at Baldy Notch, then continue on the devil’s backbone trail to the top of Mt. San Antonio (Mt. Baldy, 10,064’). From parking lot (6500’) to summit is approximately 6.2 (12.4 round trip) miles with an elevation gain of roughly 3500 feet.

An option is to take the Sierra Club trail which leaves the fire road about 1/2 mile from the start. This route cuts about 1 mile each way from the distance, but is steeper and more isolated. This route passes the Sierra Club ski hut which may be a turnaround point for some.

Either way this trip rates as somewhat strenuous.

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 8:30 am at the San Antonio Falls Road turnoff in Manker Flat. We will try to return to the cars well before 6:00. Lunch will be on the summit. There might be a post hike gathering in Claremont (maybe at Round Table Pizza, corner of Baseline and Mills).

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.

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 Bruce 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 and a sign indicates San Antonio Falls Road (which goes to the left). If you miss it, it's 1/2 mile down from the ski lift. Park along the road at this point.

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

Questions? Call Bruce Corning- work: (310)333-3568 or home (310)325-8735. e-Mail: <BCorn:LAX1B:Xerox or BCorn.LAX1B@Xerox.COM>.