(Mountaineer 8) Mt Baldy via Bear Canyon and Back

  • September 21, 2013 · 6:45 AM
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This is the qualifying hike for Iron Mountain attempt on 10/5.

Everyone will start together promptly at 7:00 am. If you start early on your own, you will be disqualified

This hike is only for strong and highly experienced hikers. There will be no sweep nor lead on this hike. The pace will be incredibly fast with no rest along the way.

If you have any reservation at all, you should join a different event.

The Iron Mountain hike is a gathering of best of the best, an exclusive club of who's who elite hikers in Southern California.

Therefore, only a handful of the strongest and fastest hikers will be chosen for the hike.

If you plan to attempt the Big Iron, you will need to demonstrate your strength and speed in this hike.

To qualify for the Iron Mountain hike, you need to complete this hike before the organizer.

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Organizer: Mike Cheng

Hiking assistant:

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Location: Mt Baldy, CA

Hike Difficulty: Advanced, Level 9/10

Distance: 12.9 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. Please park your car at the dirt lot across 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 last 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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2013 Activities:

Trekker Series: On the 1st Saturday of the month and will be 6 miles or less.
Explorer Series: On the 2nd Saturday and will be 7- 8 miles.
Adventurer Seires: On the 3rd Saturday and will be 9 miles or more.

Mountaineer Series with elevation gain of 4000' and more will be scheduled for 3rd and 4th quarters for seasoned alpinists.

Exploratory hikes are available off schedule. To participate, you must be a strong and seasoned hiker. Please email me if you are interested.

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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  • Mike C.

    Hi Everyone. .

    I left L.A. Hiking recently to form a new group US Hiking. In less than a week, we already have over 260 members and 20 events scheduled. .

    I would like to extend an invitation to you to become a member so that you are in the loop for all the exciting events we have planned. This is the link: http://www.meetup.com/USHiking/­ .

    Best wishes to you and hope to see you on trail soon.

    March 17

  • David

    Summit:10:04 am. Thanks Mike, pleasure meeting you all.

    September 26, 2013

  • Sirak

    Sirak summit: 9:40am, completion: 12:05pm.

    1 · September 21, 2013

    • Mike C.

      An extraordinary accomplishment.

      2 · September 22, 2013

    • Sirak

      Thanks for making this happen Mike. Looking forward to see you all on Oct-5th.

      September 22, 2013

  • Mimi W.

    Summit: 10:38, Completion: 1:12
    A lot of pressure to race mike, great hike though.

    1 · September 21, 2013

    • Mike C.

      Congratulations! You beat me 5 times in a row. Where there's a will, there's a way.

      2 · September 22, 2013

    • Phil

      The hiker that made the biggest improvement on these series of hikes was without a doubt Mimi WIN. Mimi's courage is an inspiration to us all, great job Mimi.

      4 · September 22, 2013

  • Phil

    Summit: 10: 19, Completion: 12:55
    Thank you Mike for putting together this series of hikes, I hope you do this again...

    2 · September 22, 2013

  • barry m.

    Thanks Mike for leading this series of hikes...you are an extraordinary organizer!

    2 · September 22, 2013

  • Mark

    Early start for me. left trailhead at 6:18, summit at 9:26, completion at 1:00 (Stuck around on top for awhile).

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Mike C.

    For the record, our hike started at 7:02 am.

    Please take a moment to post your summit and completion time. If you are on the waiting list for the Iron Mountain hike, please do that at your earliest convenience. Thank you.

    September 21, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Summit: 10:47 am, Completion: 1:18 pm

    2 · September 21, 2013

  • Sean G.

    Summit: 10:10 Finish: 12:45
    Thanks a lot for hosting, Mike. It was nice meeting everyone.

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • R K.

    summit: 10AM, completion: 12:51PM

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • Brena

    Brena summit: 10:24 A.M
    Completion: 1:18 pm

    That was such a great hike, I have never pushed myself this much before. The last 2 miles on the way up my legs were already wanting to give up. And the last 3 miles down my legs were screaming to stop. But I love it! I can't believe I ran for about 2 miles on the way down because of Mimi and Phil, thanks for pushing me :)

    4 · September 21, 2013

    • Brena

      Oh wait- I didn't mean to say 10:24 at the summit . In fact, I don't know what time I got there, I just know I did in 3 hours and 24 minutes.

      September 21, 2013

  • Sirak

    Thanks for organizing this great hike series. Had a blast :-)

    September 21, 2013

  • Josue V.

    Mike going to cancel having mechanical problems this morning. Sucks !!!!!

    September 21, 2013

  • Clara

    Sorry, I won't be able to make it Mike. :( ill have to conquer Baldi via bear canyon another time. You guys have fun.

    September 21, 2013

  • Marvin

    Sorry for the last minute cancellation.

    September 21, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Temperature at 4:30 am is 52 degree with 12 mph wind. It is going to be sunny, windy and cool today. Be ready.

    September 21, 2013

  • Tim

    Mike, sorry to bail on this last minute, but I decided to do Whitney on Sunday, and have to go up Saturday. Have a great hike! Hope I'm still in for Iron Mtn.

    September 20, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Mt Baldy temperature at 2 pm is 62 degree with 15 mph wind. It was 58 degree at 10 am today. It should be a couple of degree cooler tomorrow.

    September 20, 2013

  • Noel J.

    Dropping out, hope to do this soon!

    September 20, 2013

  • Carina

    Twisted my ankle yesterday, so bummed!! Have a great hike you all!!

    September 20, 2013

  • Mark (.

    Mike another absence, I changed my RSVP, looking forward to joining your further fun hikes. I loved these hikes, hope you can organize these hikes again, so we can do it every year like a traditional serial hikes. Thank you!

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • Anthony S.

    I will not be able to make it through the rest of this series as I have not had the opportunity to continue to train due to a demanding (self-inflicted) work schedule and the schedule needs of my children. I look forward to future events.

    September 19, 2013

    • Mike C.

      I am sorry that you cannot join us for this hike.

      September 19, 2013

  • Brad B.

    I am going to have to cancel this hike. I will do it again when I can keep up better with Mike Cheng and some day I will. I am also still recovering from my hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I strongly recommend anyone who is an adventurer to do this hike, it is pretty awesome.

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • Josue V.

    Mark, Willie ,Leslie are we going to carpool ?? If so who drives ?? :)

    September 16, 2013

    • Mark (.

      Leslie, hope you can recover soon, you are missing hikes and the after hike kebab parties :)

      September 18, 2013

    • Mark (.

      Josue, last status, I will not be hiking this weekend, have fun and practice our Glendale tradition after the hike for us too :)

      September 19, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Hi Everyone: May I suggest that you wear a watch for this event. My hunch is many will see their Personal Best time in this event. It should be worthwhile to know what your PR is for a Baldy from Village hike, not to show off, but to mark the present status of your personal physical fitness. When we do this hike again in the future, you can compare them to see how much you personally have improved through time. Before we start, we will synchronize our watches. Please remember that more than anything, it is you challenging yourself, not anyone else.

    After the hike, please post your summit and completion time as a reply to this post so that there is a record of it for you to look back. Your reply should look like this: John Doe
    summit: 10:00 am, completion: 1:15 pm.

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • R K.

    anyone coming from the Westside who wants to carpool?

    September 18, 2013

  • Mike C.

    I just checked Baldy Ski Lift weather report. At 11 am today, the temperature was 59 degree with 14 mph wind. With wind chill, it should feel like 55 degree.

    The high temperature during the past 24 hours was 69 degree. The temperature on Saturday is forecasted to be a couple degrees lower than today.

    If this weather persists, it would be an ideal condition to have very fast time.

    1 · September 17, 2013

    • Mike C.

      Temperature at 1:00 pm today is 61 degree with 16 mph wind.

      September 17, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Hi Everyone:

    The qualifying hike is from trailhead to trailhead, not just the ascent part. I plan to hit the summit and immediately turn around and head straight downhill.

    September 16, 2013

  • Penny

    Oops - forgot to sign up for this one - can I sneak in? Gotta prove myself for Iron!

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Penny

      Of course - yeah - that's what I meant! ;-)

      September 16, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      Penny.....are you a little bit ditzy??? Yeah right, this is your buddy Lee

      September 16, 2013

  • Scott H.

    Have to work, arghhhhh. :(

    September 16, 2013

  • Mike C.

    I have scheduled a big end of the season celebration - Griffith Park 9 Peaks. There is a separate version of this event just for the runners. I hope all of you could find time to participate. Our objective is to meet at the top of Burbank Peak at noon to have lunch and celebrate. Lee Zebold will be joining us. The event is on Saturday, 10/15/2013. This is the link to the event page. Runners:
    http://www.meetup.com/hiking-19...­

    Hikers:
    http://www.meetup.com/hiking-19...­

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Hi Everyone:

    I want to caution you ahead of time. There will be no lead, nor sweep for this event. You will most likely be hiking alone most of the time so you will need to be self-sufficient. If you are injured along the way, I will not be there to help you. If this is not what you have in mind, I strongly urge you to join a different event.

    Before we start at 7:00 am, I will be taking a roll call. Please keep that in mind. Thanks.

    4 · September 16, 2013

  • Mike C.

    I am pleased to announce that legendary hike leader Jackie Yaris will be joining us for this hike.

    September 13, 2013

    • jackie y.

      Oh man, so much pressure....I was trying to fly under the radar on this one :)

      1 · September 16, 2013

  • Kendis H.

    I'm really bummed that I wasn't able to make this series of hikes. Hopefully, next time! Good luck to all of the Iron Mountain racers!

    September 7, 2013

  • Mayra

    Just found out i wIll be in Europe for this one......have a great time!

    August 23, 2013

  • Amanda S.

    Going to a wedding that day :(

    August 11, 2013

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