Brief: Hike to the Mt. Baldy summit via the ski hut route.
Description: We will hike up the San Antonio Falls fire road about 1/2 mile, then take the Sierra Club trail. This route passes the Sierra Club ski hut about halfway up the mountain, and is the most direct route to the summit. Some may choose to turn around at the ski hut. We will not be descending this way. Instead, we will descend down the devil's backbone trail to the ski lodge at Baldy Notch, then 3 miles down the dirt road to the start.
From parking lot (~6500') to summit (10064') and back by this route is approximately 12.4 miles with an elevation gain of 3500 feet. This trip is classified as 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 at 10064' above sea level. 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 pm. 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 physical condition. Please contact the leader in advance if you plan to come, especially if you are new to hiking.
Bring: Lunch, water (at least 2 liters for hike), hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, good flashlight, and the remainder of the 10 essentials. Lug-soled boots are required. It may be cold (40's F) 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.
Note: As of June 15, the National Forest parking regulations are in effect for this area. Car pooling is strongly recommended to reduce costs. If you must drive alone, then you must buy a one-day parking sticker for $5 or an annual pass for $30, or else risk a $100 fine. Parking stickers are available through the Forest Service or at sporting goods outlets such as REI in Carson or Sports Chalet in Torrance.
Car Pooling: Call Bruce to make arrangements.
Topo Maps: 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 (north) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.