This hike is cross-posted on Best Hikes of SoCal Meetup
Hike up via the Register Ridge Trail and return via the Devils Backbone Trail
Distance: ~8 miles
Gain: ~4,000 feet
Need a National Forest Adventure Pass to park at Manker Flats parking area which can be purchased at any Big 5 or REI stores.
The ultimate short cut to Baldy. Steep, yet satisfying. This well-traveled use trail splits off near the beginning of the Ski Hut trail and runs straight up Register Ridge before intersecting with the Devil's Backbone trail just below Mt. Harwood. Turn left on the Backbone Trail to Mt. Baldy Summit. The Register Ridge Trail offers fantastic views to both sides of the ridge).
We will descend Via the Devils Backbone Trail to Baldy Notch. Here, you have an option to hike 3.6 miles down to Manker Flats parking lot or take the ski lift down (cost $12) and walk 1/4th of a mile to the Manker Flats parking lot.
PLEASE - Know your limits and abilities. Bring plenty of liquids and sunscreen when hiking. Check weather conditions and dress accordingly and be aware of your surroundings at all times. It can be windy at the Summit, so bring layers.
Remember the "Ten Essentials" See the link below for more information.
DISCLAIMER, WARNING OF RISK ETC: YOU AGREE BY GOING ON THIS HIKE THAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AND THAT THE MEETUP ORGANIZERS HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR SAFETY.
I am a hiker inviting you to join me and fellow hikers. I am not a guide nor trained search and rescue member and will not carry you up or down the trail. You need to know your limits and what you need to get yourself there and back safely. You are solely responsible for your safety and well being on any event posted. No organizer or event host of this group is in any way liable for any injury or misfortune that could occur. You accept all risks when you rsvp "yes" and show up to participate for this event or any other event.
If you are not comfortable with this disclaimer or disagree with this disclaimer, I am asking you to NOT sign up for this hike.
There…I said it. Now let’s go out there and enjoy the beautiful mountain and all it has to offer.
Happy Trails everyone,