Mt. Baldy Sunrise ViewingXerox Mountaineering & Backpacking Club

at San Gabriel Mountains Saturday, 7 July 1990

Brief: A nighttime hike to the summit of Mt. Baldy. 14 miles round trip, 4000 ft. elevation gain. For experienced hikers only.

What: We will hike under a full moon to the summit of Mt. Baldy, also known by its official name of Mt. San Antonio. After viewing the sunrise from the summit, we will return to the cars. A Sunday brunch is optional.

Sunrise from a mountain peak is a very enriching experience which everyone should experience at least once in his life. John Muir and others have written volumes about how they were affected by such visions.

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: Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8, 1990. We will begin hiking at around midnight Saturday, hoping to reach the summit an hour or two before sunrise at about 6:00 AM. Meet at the trailhead at 11:30 PM. Please contact the leader in advance if you plan to go.

Who: For experienced hikers only. If you are not in condition or are uncomfortable with nighttime hiking, then please wait for another day.

Bring: Strong flashlight +spare batteries and bulbs, snacks or breakfast items, at least 2 liters of water, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, and the remainder of the 10 essentials. Lug-soled boots are required. Nighttime on mountain peaks is usually cold and windy so a warm jacket or windbreaker and long pants are strongly recommended.

We may meet for Sunday brunch afterwards so bring a little cash.

Weather: If a threat of bad weather exists within 24 hours of the hike, we’ll cancel. If it gets too windy or cold, we’ll quit early. If you have doubts about the weather, give Bruce a call Friday or Saturday.

Car Pooling: Call Bruce to make arrangements.

Topo Map: Mt. San Antonio and Telegraph Peak quadrangles, California, 7.5 minute series.

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.

Driving distance about 80 miles from El Segundo, driving time about 2 hours.

Questions? Call Bruce Corning - work: (213)333-3568 or home (213)416-9076. e-Mail: <BCorn:LAX1B>.

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