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(Mountaineer 7) Mt Baldy via Bear Cayon, Back via Ski Hut Trail

  • Sep 7, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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This is the 5th in a series of 7 hikes, leading to Iron Mountain attempt on 10/5.

Organizer: Mike Cheng

Nature lovers: (6:30 am start, pace <1.5 mph)
Lead: Scott Hathaway
Hikers: Monica E, Karthik, Vince, Romyleen, Sondra, Yessie,  Mayra, Ledy, Larry, Erik, Bernie

Fast hikers: (7:00 am start, pace[masked] mph)
Lead: Mike Cheng
Hikers: Brena, Steve Negrete, Phil, Mimi Win, Shelly Z, Carola K, Phil, Rosa, Mukti, Maya

Trail running/hiking group: (8:00 am start, pace >2.5 mph)
Lead: Mark (ex-weekend sailor)
Hikers:Willie, Leslie Luna, Tim, Jeremy O, Kevin Baker, Josue, Sue, Stein

Sweep: Phil

Our goal is for the whole group to reach Baldy summit between 10:45 -11:30 am, where we will have lunch.

Sweep will be provided for downhill only.

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Location: Mt Baldy, CA

Hike Difficulty: Advanced, Level 9/10

Distance: 11 miles

Elevation Gain: 6000'

Time: 8 hours

Trail condition: Single file, rocky trail, partially shaded

Water: Minimum 4 liters (If you bring less than this amount, you will be in big trouble.)

Guest: no

Dog: no

Toilette: At the visitor center

Parking: Street parking near the visitor center. Adventure Pass is required.

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Direction: Take the 210 east and exit on Baseline Road (exit 52). Turn left at the light at the end of the ramp on to Baseline Road. Make the next right on to Padua Avenue. Drive 1.7 miles and turn right onto Mount Baldy Road (there will be a traffic light). Continue up Mount Baldy Road for seven miles to Mount Baldy Village.

The trailhead is next to Mt Baldy Village Church at the intersection of Bear Canyon Rd and Mt Baldy Rd. Find parking on the street near this point. The Church no longer allows hiker parking at its lot. Parking is 1/2 mile down the road across street. It is the dirt lot across the street from the trout pond.

What to bring: hat, sunscreen, long pants, hiking poles, energy bar, lunch, snacks, water, and the usual stuff.

Proficiency: Anyone interested in participating in this event must share with my your hiking activities during the past 3 months to substantiate your proficiency before your name will be added to the list.

Early departure: If you need to be seperated from the group for any reason, you must inform the hiker leader. Not knowing your whereabout may prompt us to report your missing to proper authority for further actions.

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This is the 5th in a series of 7 hikes that take us to alpine forest around Mt Baldy and Iron Mountain. Each hike is more difficult than the previous one, allowing us to gradually build up our strength and endurance as we progress in this series.

Our goal is to summit Iron Moutain on 10/5. Only best of the best will be able to join me for that epic hike.

1st hike to Timber Mountain, the elevation gain is 3,400' in 9 miles. (7/13)

2nd hike to Allison Saddle via Heaton Flat, the gain is 3600' in 9 miles (7/27)

3rd hike to 3T, the gain is 4,700' in 10.5 miles. (8/10)

4th hike to West Baldy & Mt. Baldy via Ski Hut trail, the gain is 4,200' in 9 miles. (8/24)

5th hike to Mt. Baldy via Bear Cayon, back via Ski Hut, the gain is 6,000' in 11 miles. (9/7)

6th hike to Mt. Baldy via Bear Canyon trail and back, the gain is 6,000' in 12.5 miles. (9/21)

7th hike to Iron Mountain, the gain is 7,000' in 14 miles. (10/5)

Priority in future hikes will be given to hikers staying with this series. The last hike to Iron Mountain is considered the most difficult single trail hike in So Cal. After this series, sky will be your limit.

This series are designed for hikers serious about advancing their capability. The group will naturally be smaller. Hence, if you sign up but do not show up, you will be barred from the remainding hikes of this series. Your understanding is appreciated.

If you are not moving up the waiting list while others are, that means I do not have enough information on your past hiking history to know that this hike is within your reach. You need to share your hike history with me to be added to the official list.

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Trail description:

Mount San Antonio, commonly known as Old Baldy or Mt Baldy, at 10,068 ft, is the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, and the highest point in Los Angeles County. Mount San Antonio's sometimes snow-capped peaks are visible on clear days and dominate the view of the Los Angeles skyline.

Bear Canyon Trail offers some of the finest scenery and rewarding views in the San Gabriel Mountains high country. The first 1.8 miles to Bear Flat delightfully travels a superb single-track trail adorned with fern under a rich canopy of live oak, bay, and bigcone Douglas-fir. Beyond Bear Flat the trail begins to steeply climb the chaparral-covered southeast flank of Mt. Baldy's great south ridge, You're rewarded with expanding views of Ontario Ridge, Icehouse Canyon, the "Three T's" and Baldy Notch. You'll then enter an open conifer forest with wide-reaching views toward the expansive San Gabriel Mountains to the west.

 

 

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Waiting list priority: People who hike with me or with Los Angeles Hiking Group frequently will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.

No show policy: If you sign up for an event and no show, you will either lose your waiting list priority or not be able to sign up for the next event.

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Warning:

If you have prior medical condiction or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

In addition, you and your guests are acknowledging that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2: http://www.meetup.com/terms/

Profile Photo:

Members interested in joining this hike must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of the L.A. Hiking Group. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up.

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  • "BERNIE"

    Despite the possability of heat this turned out to be a very enjoyable hike. Our little group almost summited but due to a unique complication we were unable. Thank you mike for turning us back when the thunder and lightning stirred up. The village was a relief after our descent. That beer and delicious meal hit the spot. Thank you Mike for a splendid day.

    September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike as usual!! The 6000 elevation gain is from the point where we started or is it from sea level?

    September 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Mike, I thought it was that, just wanted to be sure.

      September 8, 2013

  • sondra

    Thanks mike for organizing and leading and making sure the hail did not get us . Thanks yessie and scott for the shuttle and thanks scott rosa and lefy and monica and everyone who ordered the elicious lunch at the village afterwards

    September 8, 2013

  • Mayra

    Another great hike/time with really nice people to talk/hike, thanks Mike for organizing such great hikes. I had not hiked with Los Angeles Hiking for a while and coming back to all this great experiences leaves me wanting more. Thanks for all your time in organizing.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Carola

    Great hike. Interesting weather up there today.
    Our car shuttle worked out perfectly. Drove up empty this morning, left full this afternoon.

    1 · September 7, 2013

    • Yesenia

      Thank you for giving us a ride to the Village! It was also great meeting all you ladies. :)

      September 7, 2013

    • Mimi W.

      Thanks for the ride back.

      September 8, 2013

  • romyleen

    Challenging trails, unexpected hail and going off course to see the plane... Awesome hike!!! Wonderful hikers & great organizers, cheers Mike& Scott. (P.s thanks Phil for the sweep& extra credit!!:))

    September 8, 2013

  • Scott H.

    Thanks Mike for putting together another great experience! The times below reflect the the strength of LA Hiking! Always a pleasure being with such amazing people!

    3 · September 8, 2013

  • Scott H.

    Beautiful landscape, weather was great for hiking except for the hailstorm!

    September 8, 2013

  • Mark (.

    Where we were,

    http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2306733

    stats, 10.2 miles, 5889 feet elevation gain

    September 7, 2013

  • iLedy

    Mike, you're pretty awesome in organizing hikes, not just this one, but all the hikes you organize. We know it takes a lot of your time planning and leading them. A big thank you. I hope you will continue to organize and lead them. No one else can plan hikes the way
    you do with safety first-hand.

    4 · September 7, 2013

  • Monica E

    Thanks Mike and Scott for a memorable hike. My first time from the village.

    2 · September 7, 2013

  • Yesenia

    I enjoyed the hike Mike, with hail and all. Thank you for your time and effort in organizing these hikes. PS: I hope you looked stunning with the purple shirt! ;)

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Vince

    Great hike Mike..but its not easy to descend the summit while getting pelted by hail!....lol

    September 7, 2013

  • mukti

    Thank u Mike for organizing the hike , had gr8 time the rain & hail made it better ...Mt . badly is one of my favorite hikes...

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Sue

    Mike, Mukti, Leslie and I got very cold on top and went down with Stein, Willie and Josue. Rain cloud looked bad and wanted to make sure we didn't get caught in the storm. Thanks for organizing and giving us good reason to get up early and hit the trails

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Willie

    Mark, I'm in, see you in the morning. sorry Tim, but I drove 2 weeks ago, now its my turn to take a nap on the way home..

    1 · September 6, 2013

  • Willie

    Mark, Josue, hey guys !!! make room for me..

    2 · September 4, 2013

    • Josue V.

      I can drive tomorrow just borrowed a car . LOL the things I do for you guys.

      September 6, 2013

    • Mark (.

      willie, leslie ???

      September 6, 2013

  • Leslie L.

    Hi Sue, would you be interesting in carpool tomorrow?

    September 5, 2013

    • Josue V.

      Leslie did you get a ride ?? I am driving tomorrow.

      September 6, 2013

    • Josue V.

      Harvey and E.Wilson carpooling lot at 6:45,[masked] E Wilson Ave, Glendale, CA 91206. OK ???

      September 6, 2013

  • Jeremy O.

    I'm in the 8am group and coming from los feliz - if anyone wants a ride...

    September 6, 2013

  • Noel J.

    Mike, sorry for the last minute cancel. I know I forfeit my shot at iron mountain but I can't make it tomorrow. I would like to still try the next hike though. Anyways have fun tomorrow!

    September 6, 2013

  • Scott H.

    I'll be at REI at 5am, Manker Flats at 6am.

    September 4, 2013

    • sondra

      Its just me and Monica coming, Yessie said she would shuttle us also, so want to confirm time with her so we will leave at the right time from the valley. We are in your group though. Lets nail down the time. thanks

      September 6, 2013

    • Yesenia

      Hello Sondra, Vince is also carpooling with us. I'm planning on being at Manker Flats at 5:45AM, I'll wait for you ladies & Vince there to shuttle you down.

      September 6, 2013

  • Shelly Z

    Sorry for the late request but can I get a ride from Manker flats to the village. I am in the 7 am group but happy to do the 6:30 am start if necessary. Thanks.

    September 6, 2013

  • Tim

    Hey Mark, long time no see...let's carpool tomorrow. I'm in Santa Monica, call me today[masked]

    September 6, 2013

    • Mark (.

      Hi Tim, nice to hear from you again. OK, I will call you, I am expecting replies from Josue, Willie and Leslie. They want to carpool too.

      September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any late starters want to carpool? I can fit quite a few people in my van, but I'm coming from Pomona so you'd have to get yourself at least that far. I usually just throw my bike in the car so I can park and ride down from Manker.

    September 5, 2013

  • sondra

    OK I have myself and 3 other ladies in my car coming for the nature lovers hike. So we will need a shuttle down if anyone can fit us I would appreciate it. Plan to park at Manker flats.

    September 4, 2013

    • Yesenia

      Hello Sondra, I'll meet you at Manker Flats. I'll be there early and shuttle all of you down.

      September 4, 2013

    • sondra

      Thanks Yessie, actually it will be me and Monica, Brena is in the faster group but thanks!!!

      September 5, 2013

  • Mark (.

    Carpooling ??? I will be coming from Marina del Rey area, hiking with 8: 00 AM group.

    1 · September 3, 2013

    • Josue V.

      Yes I am right of the 101 freeway and yes it's on the way. Don't worry I will hook you up cash ,food or drinks.

      September 5, 2013

    • Josue V.

      :)

      September 5, 2013

  • Monica E

    I'm coming from Thousand Oaks and in the Nature Lover's EARLY group. I would like to carpool and can drive. I have an Adventure Pass.

    September 2, 2013

    • sondra

      I can fit you in my car if you can be in Sherman Oaks one hour before hike start time. On Coldwater Canyon

      September 3, 2013

    • Monica E

      See you at 5:30. Just wondering if that's early enough?

      September 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mike - Can you put me in the Nature Lovers group?

    September 4, 2013

  • Josue V.

    Hi Mr Cheng !! I hope to make this hike but I need to wait till the 5th to RSVP . Yeah I know it suck. Well hope to see you on the trail.

    September 2, 2013

    • Josue V.

      Mike I just got a green light !!

      1 · September 3, 2013

  • sondra

    To the lady from T.O. who needed a ride, I have two riders and room for one more, we are meeting in Sherman Oaks on Coldwater Canyon email me at [masked]. I am also in the early group so leaving one hour before start time.

    September 3, 2013

  • Brad B.

    Sorry, I need to cancel, I forgot I was going to be on my way back from Peru on September 7. I will see you on the next hike.

    August 26, 2013

  • Carola

    Thanks Mike :)

    August 26, 2013

  • Renee S.

    I'm so sorry but I need to cancel. My workload is too heavy and I can't be off-call at this time.

    August 21, 2013

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