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Baldy via Ski Hut & Return Via Backbone & Ski Lift, 7.5 mile RT/4000 ft Gain

The Hike:

Hike up Mt. Baldy via Ski Hut and return via Devils Backbone Trail & ski lift.

Distance: 7.5 miles RT

Elevation Gain: ~4,000 ft.
Min Elevation : 6,103 ft.
Max elevation : 10,064 ft.

Rating:7/10

PLEASE READ!!! FOR BEGINNERS: If you have not done a high altitude hike with at least 3000 ft elevation gain within the past month or so, this is not the hike for you.

Time on the trail: 5 to 7 hours.

Trail: Some pavement, fire road, but mostly single track and rocky trails.

We will hike via the Ski Hut Trail to the summit and return via Devils Backbone & ski lift.

One way cost of ski lift is $12.

Adventure Pass is required for parking at Manker Flats.

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 or develop thunderstorms, so bring layers/rain gear.

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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  • Daniela

    Thank you Rashid! Anna, Michael and I made it to the summit around noon and to the Notch around 1 - hope I did not delay the group.

    August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, Rashid, great hike! Thanks. Ken, Henry..it was nice to meet you both. And, Cynthia & George, nice to see you both again. Rashid, glad you figured out what happened to the water!

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • rashid

    Beautiful hike in not-so-hot breezy weather with a great group of hikers. Glad to report all made it to the peak and descended safely including Daniela. Oh, thanks for sharing water with the needy. All 3 litres was drained on to the floor mat, apparently with pressure on the valve.

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Ken J.

    Perfect weather to summit Baldy and ditch the heat from our inland valleys. Awesome group and hike today...thanks Rashidman!

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Henry

    Another great hike from Rashid, thanks....

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Stan

    Yes, thanks Rashid for another wonderful hike! Great group of people too. I'll post some pics...

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Cynthia G

    Really fun hike today. Beautiful weather all the way. Nice to meet you today Rashid. Nice to see you again Kathy, Stan, and George!

    August 17, 2013

  • VINCENT V.

    Hi Rashid, sorry for signing up late, just got back home from out of town work assignment.

    August 15, 2013

    • rashid

      Glad you're coming, Vincent.

      August 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hello Rashid,Myself and Vince wouldn't be able to make it !Sorry about that!The freeway is closed !

      August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Rashid,

    I'm in very good shape but haven't done any significant altitude gain hikes in a while. Do you think this is something I could do? (I'm looking strictly for your personal opinion and will not hold you liable in any way for the answer you may give. I understand that my safety, ability and decision to attend this hike are my sole responsibility.)

    Thanks,
    Elisa

    August 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Rashid! I'll be there!!

      August 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Rashid, unfortunately something has come up that will prevent me from attending today. I'm disappointed, but will catch you guys on the next one.

      August 17, 2013

  • Joyce

    I'm introducing a friend to Baldy and she can't make it that early so we'll probably miss you guys. I'll catch you on the next one.

    August 16, 2013

  • Ismael

    Sorry I will be Oncall for work this weekend.

    August 13, 2013

    • rashid

      See you on the next hike, Ismael

      August 16, 2013

  • Bernie L.

    Anyone carpooling from OC? I know that parking can be limited @ this trailhead.

    August 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Do you wanna drive?I can chip in for the Gas and Parking.This is my first time to Mt Baldy!

      August 15, 2013

    • VINCENT V.

      Ravi, I can drive. See you tomorrow 5:25 am at Orange Park and Drive. Lincoln and fwy 55. White Honda Civic

      August 16, 2013

  • rashid

    National Weather Svc Forecast for Mt Baldy area, elev 9555 ft:

    Friday Sunny, with a high near 72. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

    Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

    Saturday Sunny, with a high near 72. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

    Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Great hiking weather, take an extra layer/ windbreaker/gloves, just in case.

    Carry plenty of water, warm day forecast.

    August 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any one from OC ?I will chip in for the gas !

    August 15, 2013

  • Jay

    Anyone driving from Los Angeles? I will help pay for gas.

    August 15, 2013

  • Greg

    Anybody coming from Long Beach area?

    August 13, 2013

  • Kenya T.

    Hi...Mark, U allowed me to hike with u to Switzer, looping to Bear Canyon a couple of months ago in which I continue to do Falls Canyon, Studeryvant to Hoagee Campsite and others. Just wanted to know out of curiosity how...much gain was Switzer/Bear Canyon to determine if I qualify for this hike?

    August 11, 2013

    • rashid

      Kenya, if you go on that Meetup where that hike was posted, you should be able to get information from that write-up. The alternative, hike with us up to Ski Hut and then decide to go forward or descend to your car.

      August 12, 2013

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