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

The Hike:

Hike up via the Register Ridge Trail and return via the Devils Backbone Trail

Distance: ~7.5 miles RT

Gain: ~4,100 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.

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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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  • Kiran

    Norma & I made it back too.

    1 · September 1, 2013

    • Kiran

      Yes we were there around 10 but we stayed very short time. We were hoping to see you too.

      September 1, 2013

    • Danielle W.

      Shucks, I just missed you two! I dragged myself up to the summit at 10:10am. George and Amy were already there being blasted by dirt from the helicopter. ;-)

      September 3, 2013

  • Connie S.

    Sorry I didn't get to spend any time with any of you. My +1 had a hard time . We went to the hut then back enjoyed it. Hope to meet you another time. Weather was beautiful.

    September 2, 2013

    • Danielle W.

      It was nice to meet you and Linda. Glad you both made it to the hut...it was a gorgeous day. Did you see our little note that was taped to a tree next to the hut?

      September 3, 2013

  • Mark

    The forecast is a bit better for tomorrow there is another hiking Baldly then I’m attending a Meetup with The San Gabriel Mountains Hike Grouphttp://meetu.ps/kdfg4

    September 1, 2013

    • Norma S.

      Mark they are having a big run tomorrow at Baldy. Just FYI

      September 1, 2013

    • Mark

      Thank you

      September 1, 2013

  • rashid

    Sorry folks I had to cancel the hike due to higher probability of thunderstorms & lightening in the Mt. Baldy area. I know most of you have decided to hike up at least part of the trail, I will leave the Meetup open so you can post photos.

    September 1, 2013

    • Norma S.

      Missed you Rashid!

      September 1, 2013

  • Danielle W.

    Thanks for posting, but missed you Rashid! :-(

    1 · September 1, 2013

    • rashid

      How did the weather turn out Danielle, and which way did you go up. Sorry, you were the reason I posted it. Next one, Shahzadi.

      September 1, 2013

    • Norma S.

      Thanks for the pics Danielle! Missed you!

      1 · September 1, 2013

  • George G.

    Made it back!

    1 · September 1, 2013

  • rashid

    Weather Forecast
    No change, still 20% probability of lightening & thunderstorms after 11 am.
    Hike is ON. See you at 6 am tomorrow.

    August 31, 2013

  • Ravi

    Any one from OC?

    August 31, 2013

  • Mark

    Anyone interested in carpooling from the The SF Valley or REI in Arcadia

    August 31, 2013

    • Mike C.

      Mark, I love to carpool with you but I plan to leave the group at the summit.

      August 31, 2013

    • Mark

      No problem

      August 31, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Rashid, If you don't mind, I plan to leave the group at the summit to do Dawson and Pine. Let me know if this is ok with you. Thanks.

    August 31, 2013

    • rashid

      Not a problem Mike, watch for the weather.

      1 · August 31, 2013

  • Tony The T.

    I am wondering how long this hike will take?

    August 31, 2013

    • rashid

      5-7 hours

      August 31, 2013

    • Tony The T.

      thanks rashid, I skip this time, have to back to home on 10AM. You guys have fun

      August 31, 2013

  • rashid

    Please note a 30% or higher chance of showers and thunderstorms cancels the hike. I will update the weather conditions Saturday evening.

    August 30, 2013

  • rashid

    National Weather Svc Forecast for Mt. Baldy area (9555 ft elevation)

    Tonight A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 56. East wind around 5 mph.

    Saturday A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 68. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.

    Saturday Night A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph after midnight.

    Sunday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.

    Sunday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. Light west wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph after midnight.

    August 30, 2013

  • rashid

    I will post weather report Friday evening, hold your peace until then!

    August 27, 2013

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