Distance: 11.25 miles. Elevation gain: 4300’ . Peak elevation: 10,084’. Difficulty: Advanced
Carpool at REI Arcadia: 7:50 a.m. or Meet at trailhead: 9 a.m. [So we have time to eat proper breakfast and drive safely. We will join up with two other groups.]
Trailhead address: Mount Baldy Road & Falls Road, Angeles National Forest, Mount Baldy, CA 91759. Trailhead coordinates:[masked], [masked]
This is a strenuous hike and your heart will be pounding the moment you step on the trail. We begin on the trail to the ski hut (2.6 miles) on a moderately steep grade. We’ll cross baldy bowl, then hike north up a ridge to the summit (for 2 miles). This section is very steep and there are very few switchbacks. Once at the top, you have the reward of a 360 panorama.
After resting at the peak we’ll take the Devil’s Backbone route to the resort. This route has stunning views all around. We'll then take ski lift back down ($12 adult, 50% discount for 65 and over). This is the easiest of all the route options.
NOTE: The Climb for Hero fundraising event is scheduled one week prior to our hike. In 2013, that program attracted a huge turnout and many none-hikers took short cuts and destroyed sections of the trails. Some inexperienced "hikers" needed help to come back down.
Enough water, snack, sun screen, hiking boots, hiking poles. Ten essentials http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html. Bring your banker or $12 to ride the ski lift down :)
Need: Adventure pass is required to park.
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