Hike Mt. Baldy Via Register Ridge & Return Via Devils Backbone Trail-Slow Pace

This hike is cross-posted on Best Hikes of SoCal Meetup

The Hike:

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.

Difficulty: Strenuous

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.

http://www.rei.com/ex...

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,



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  • Leland

    Thanks, Rashid, for hosting such a nice hike. I especially appreciated the extended peaceful rest on the summit. A great day!

    2 · July 8, 2013

  • Elizabeth T

    Great workout and good times! Fantastic group of hikers - really nice to meet/see everyone! Thank you, Rashid for organizing! Look forward to the next one!

    2 · July 5, 2013

  • rashid

    Thank you all for a great day up on the mountains. Want to thank you for giving Perry a hearty welcome and specially you ladies. Also want to thank you for hanging around at the summit until the last hiker made it, I totally appreciate that. Hike is as good as the hikers and you were a tremendous bunch!!!

    5 · July 4, 2013

  • Daniela

    Thank you for a great hike, Rashid!!! It enjoyed meeting everyone - what a great group of people!

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • kathleen

    Rashid, I really enjoyed this hike....very strenuous! And I liked your approach to it, w/ everyone waiting & meeting at the top. Also, I posted this with one of the picture emails...I found my phone! I have no idea how it ended up in Stan's pack but I'm glad it was there. Thanks, everyone!

    5 · July 4, 2013

    • rashid

      Kathleen, glad you found your phone.

      1 · July 4, 2013

    • Daniela

      So glad you found your phone, Kathleen!! It was really nice meeting you today.

      July 4, 2013

  • Ed [.

    Good shots, Joyce, Stan, Rashid -- adds to the overall memories of the Hike.

    2 · July 4, 2013

  • Perry A

    Thanks to all of you. I did not sign up because I did not want to make you wait for me but you waited and Rashid got his revenge pics of me with all those women. ;) also a big thx to Ruth who stayed with me on the way up and to Peggy who stayed with me on the way down. I am so glad to be alive!

    2 · July 4, 2013

  • Peggy P

    Extraordinary hike with many familiar faces and new.
    Thanks Rashid!

    2 · July 4, 2013

  • Ava

    2nd time I've done this trail & it's still the hardest trail I've ever done. But it is a good workout. Thanks Rashid.

    3 · July 4, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Great great great hike :) thanks Rashid

    2 · July 4, 2013

  • Ed [.

    Jennifer, Jimbo, Larry, darn good photo representation of the July 4, 2013 Mt. Baldy hike -- Thank you!!!
    [Hope I did not overlook anyone at this point.]

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • VINCENT V.

    Great hike, rest day and great friends. Thank you Rashid.

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Joyce

    Excellent! I had a blast!

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Jimbo

    It was steep! But I liked cutting 1 mile off from the Baldy Trail. I was back to my car by 12:30

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Ed [.

    Thank you Rashid for setting up the hike, and thanks Rashid and hiking "crew" for providing such a friendly and super pleasant/enjoyable beginning to the 4th of July festivities!!! Hope to see y'all on future hikes...

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Ed [.

    A good cardio workout and super camaraderie!!!

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Stan

    Had a great hike, thanks Rashid! Will post pics later.

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Kimberly :.

    Still looking for carpool. I come 110N, 91E, 605N, 210E.

    July 3, 2013

    • RG C.

      Are you driving or me? I live in irvine.

      July 3, 2013

  • rashid

    Register Ridge Trail:
    After about a mile of fire road, we will take Register Ridge that connects to Backbone Trail below Mt. Harwood. In less than 2 miles on this Register Ridge, we will gain ~2700 ft in elevation. Any hiker with health issues should input this steep climb in to their ability.

    July 3, 2013

  • rashid

    National Weather Svc Forecast for Mt. Baldy Summit area:

    Tonight A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

    Independence Day Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
    Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 66. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Keep in mind, thunderstorms can develop any time at high elevations in summer.

    We will be hiking in the 70 to 80s range and the trail is exposed. I would urge hikers carry extra water.

    2 · July 3, 2013

  • Jimbo

    Rashid, do we need permits?

    June 27, 2013

    • Kimberly :.

      u never need permits for baldy, only icehouse.

      July 3, 2013

    • Ed [.

      No "Wilderness permits" as mentioned, but as I understand it yes on parking "passes" (as previously also mentioned by someone).

      July 3, 2013

  • Ed [.

    Won't say I plan to hike in full July 4th regalia, but I will for sure bring my little Star Spangled Banner to wave...

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Leland

    Keep in mind the restaurant at the Notch is probably closed on Thursday, so we may not be able to refill our water there as we would on a weekend.

    2 · July 2, 2013

    • rashid

      It is open Leland, see the link above.

      2 · July 2, 2013

  • rashid

    Baldy Notch Restaurant & Ski Lifts are open on Thursday, 4th of July.
    http://summer.mtbaldyskilifts.com

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • VINCENT V.

    Anyone want to carpool I have 2 more seats. We 'll meet at Orange Park and Ride. 4:45 am.
    Please note : I refuse to take the Ski lift down.

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Damian

    Wait List . Please.

    July 1, 2013

  • Ruth G.

    anyone have room for 1 - am in O.C.

    June 27, 2013

  • rashid

    Note to Fast Hikers:
    If you intend to hike up and then down without waiting for the group at the Peak (weather permitting), do not sign for this hike.

    3 · June 27, 2013

  • ryan

    No.

    June 27, 2013

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