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.
Any outdoors activity can be challenging, fun, or a painful experience, even deadly and more painful depending on you, your abilities, circumstances and sometimes just bad luck. Accidents happen. Please do not sign up if you are not comfortable with what you are doing, or if you think you don't have the needed skills for the event (develop your skills; the mountain will still be there when you are ready). By signing up for this event you are agreeing to take full responsibility for yourself, your actions and not to hold organizer/group leader, participants, carpoolers or anyone liable but yourself by signing up and showing up for this event.