Saturday, September 1, 2012

Mount San Antonio (Baldy)

Hiked: 8/3/2012 (x2)
Route 2
Distance: 8 miles round trip on road, trail, and use trail
Summit Elevation: 10064'
Prominence: 6224'
Elevation Gain: 3900'
Elevation Gain (in Empire State Buildings): 3.12
Round trip time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Recommended water: 96 oz.
Parking/Fees: Adventure Pass
Difficulty: Strenuous

The highest peak in the San Gabriel mountains and Los Angeles County is Mount San Antonio, also known as Mount Baldy. This is a steep climb, especially the second half on the south ridge. I took a short break at the Ski Hut, which is roughly half way from Manker Flat. The trail spiders into many confusing use trails near the summit. My first trip up left my calves burning for three days. I also had trouble catching my breath on the first trip because I pushed myself too hard above 9000' . I paced myself better the second time after learning some respect for the elevation and it was much easier.

Update: 11/17/2013
Looking back at my very first trip report, I realize it doesn't have much information. This was before I had a GPS so I can't show the track or elevation profile. The statistics came from the Trails of the Angeles hiking book.

Looking down San Antonio Canyon

Approaching the Ski Hut

The Baldy Bowl

Passing under the Bowl

Looking down the ridge above the Bowl

View to West Baldy

Devils Backbone Trail sign on the summit

Summit plaque

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