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Baldy via IRON - Advanced Hike - 16 miles /9,000 ft gain

When we made it to the summit of Iron in February, the first thing I felt was great relief that the climb was over.  The second feeling was an urge to continue across San Antonio Ridge to the top of Baldy.  Unfortunately my legs were dead and I had to be home for supper.  This time WE'RE NOT STOPPING!  We will summit "the least accessible peak in the San Gabriels", stop to eat some lunch, then have BALDY FOR DESSERT!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This picture is from the top of Iron, looking along the San Antonio Ridge to Baldy.

 


~ Hike Length: 16 miles (this is an estimate)

~ Elevation Gain: 9,000 feet (also an approximation)

~ Difficulty Level: Advanced


The Hike: We will start at the trailhead for Bridge to Nowhere, summit Iron, hike San Antonio Ridge to the top of Baldy, then come down Ski Hut to Manker Flats.  We'll need to park a couple shuttle cars at Manker, unless we want to walk back.

 

Bring: At least 5 liters of water, snacks, sturdy shoes with good traction, poles, gloves for scrambling, layers, sunscreen, sunglasses, headlamp, daypack, and the Ten Essentials.  Please check the weather right before the hike so you can dress appropriately.  All of my hikes are RAIN, SNOW, SLEET, FOG, HAIL, FROGS, or SHINE.  Please see the comments below for more information on the weather and trail conditions.

 

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  • Rich O

    June 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Congrats to all of you! That looked like an epic trek and especially on such a hot ass day. Thanks Rich once again for setting this up

    1 · June 11, 2013

  • Muku

    You guys are my hero!! I saw pics of the huge rock to get other side is insane. Scary... Way to go, all! Big Cheers!!

    1 · June 10, 2013

  • Rich O

    Thanks everyone for making this a successful trip. It took serious teamwork, but we did it. Chris, your route finding on the down-climbs was essential. Graham, sorry you weren't feeling well, but it's a good thing you turned back when you did. Even with most of us on top of our game, it took the three of us that hit Baldy's true summit 16 hours and more than the 6 liters of fluid that we each brought. We stopped near the ski hut for extra water on the way down and finally got back to Manker in the dark, at 9:40pm.

    June 10, 2013

  • Paul S.

    Glad to hear that everyone made it across safely. I was around Smith Mountain in the San Gabriel's and it was super hot out. I was thinking about you guys and was hoping none of you had to trek back down Iron. It looks like it's going to be a HOT summer this year, so I may either wait until the fall or next spring. Anyhow, Great job and congratulations on all your success! Nicely Done, I'm Impressed!

    Can't wait to see all the pictures! :)

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could have hung with the champion hikers today! I'm glad I turned back after Iron Summit though because I started feeling worse. The sun baked me all the way down and the trail was way more slippery going down than I remember. Can't wait for pics and stories of your triumph over the San Antonio Ridge. Great to meet new people even though I was a little out of it

    1 · June 8, 2013

  • Tony D.

    thank you, but I have to decline... sorry.

    June 6, 2013

  • Rich O

    Does anyone besides Christian and Chris Simpson live extremely close to Rancho Cucamonga (Ontario Mills area)?

    I want to set three shuttle cars at the end of the hike (Manker) the night before the hike, and then I can pickup and drive those people whose cars we use to the hike in the morning.

    May 29, 2013

    • Gil B.

      Unfortunately I don't, but I would be willing to pitch in for gas money to get in on that shuttle.

      June 4, 2013

    • Rich O

      Thanks Gil. Now that it's down to just 9 of us, I'm just gonna do two cars (Chris S and Christian's). So we are set for the shuttle.

      June 4, 2013

  • Rich O

    Here's a link to some good pictures along the ridge - http://sangabrielmnts.myfreeforum.org/about894 - this guy did an out and back from Manker to Iron.

    June 3, 2013

  • Paul S.

    I'm still doing research on the G.S. Notch situation, and will probably wait until the fall to take on this beast, but I'll be interested on how this hike turns out, hopefully someone will post a GPS Trek Map with the numbers along with some good pictures :)...Good Luck & Be Safe!

    June 3, 2013

    • Paul S.

      However, most of the people I know say, if you're not comfortable with class 3-4 rock climbing on a thin ridge then you're going to have issues and may have to turn back and which some have. I'm personally not afraid of heights and I can do class 3-4 rock climbing if needed, but if I'm hanging off the edge of a notch full of moving rocks and not being able to see my next step down, that concerns me a bit! I would have no problem going around the notch by bush whacking through some think brush if it's possible. That's why I'm looking forward in hearing about how this hike turns out and hopefully a good description of what it's like to get around the notch. :)

      June 3, 2013

    • Rich O

      I'll be sure to take lots of pictures (whenever I'm not using both hands to cling on for dear life) and save my GPS track for anyone who wants it.

      1 · June 3, 2013

  • Rich O

    The trail is more difficult but it is a different kind of challenge. It is a day hike over more rugged terrain.

    May 29, 2013

    • Rich O

      Another description of a trip going in the same direction indicates Gunsight Notch is the worst, but they also managed to climb around - "But in the pit of our stomachs the three of us were just dreading and eagerly anticipating our last great technical hurdle of the day: Gunsight Notch. We hit the top of the knob with the dead tree, and looked down, and our jaws almost hit the bottom of the notch. No way were we going to climb down that, as it had now started to moderately rain. We had to find an alternate way around this mammoth rock, and we did! Lee found the ravine that drops down south from the tangly tree just west of the dead tree knob. We descended this ravine, cut across east, then ascended another steep ravine up to the area just east of the notch, totally bypassing it."

      June 3, 2013

    • Rich O

      And here is what the leader of a group that did it last month had to say about the notches - "For the most part we stayed on the right side of the ridge knife and down/up climbed the notches. Left side is usually very exposed. Class 3 mostly with very few low class 4 in a couple of spots. There are parts of a faint trail that runs on the right side below the ridge. It can be used between the notches if ok with push whacking."

      June 3, 2013

  • Chris

    So Rich, is this trail harder than Gorgonio via San Bernardino Peak? I'm not going to sign up for this one but just curious.

    May 28, 2013

  • Gil B.

    Just did Iron this weekend to train, and would suggest everyone have at least 5 liters of fluid with them.

    May 26, 2013

    • Rich O

      Thanks Gil. I agree, 5 liters sounds like a more appropriate amount.

      May 27, 2013

  • Gil B.

    Some stats from Google Earth- The hike to Iron is about 6.9mi, Santa Anita Ridge to Baldy is 4.5mi, Mt Baldy to Manker is 4mi unless you want to take Bear Flats to the Village(6mi). For the shuttle, its about 22mi from Manker Flats to the Bridge to Nowhere trail head via Glendora Mt Rd (about an hour to get there). Hope that helps.

    May 26, 2013

  • Muku

    Rich, I definitely don't want to walk back! People previously did this hike, do car shuttle arrangement the night before. I live close, I can help that. :o)

    April 7, 2013

    • Rich O

      I didn't think of doing it the night before. That's a good idea. We'll figure out the shuttle when it gets closer.

      April 7, 2013

  • Rich O

    http://www.summitpost.org/iron-to-baldy-traverse/263376 There's a description of the hike. Read through the trip reports and make sure this hike is for you. One report says this hike is HARDER THAN C2C!

    April 4, 2013

    • Muku

      Can't believe I didn't notice you posted this till NOW! Bummer!! Maybe rare chance, but I won't give up :o)

      April 5, 2013

  • Penny

    I swore I would never climb iron mountain again, but here I am. Hope to make it on.

    April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dammit! I swear there were still spaces available as I was reading the description...

    April 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for adding the new spaces.

      April 4, 2013

  • Kimberly :.

    I must say you are quite Bad A$$. If I was my usual fitness I would so be on board.

    April 4, 2013

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