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Mt. Baldy (11 miles/4,300') Manker Flats, Ski Hut, Summit, Devil's Backbone Loop

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EARTH DAY 2013

Mt. Baldy from Manker Flats via the Ski Hut trail to its summit at 10,066' across the Devil's Backbone then down the scenic dirt-road or ski-chair (11 miles/4,300' gain).

Moderate pace. Not for beginners. Training hike.

Ski-chair on the way down is an option, but will take 2.5 miles off your hike.

3 liters of water, electrolytes, snacks, lunch, hat, $10 cash to travel the ski-chair to the bottom, optional.

There is a cafe/bar at the ski chair if you are interested in stopping for a bite to eat or beverage of choice, before heading down.

Hiking poles if you use them.

Bring your 10 essentials.

You must have an Adventure Pass to park in Mt. Baldy parking lots. You can get this at the Mt. Baldy Lodge or Visitor Center same day or in hiking goods stores: $5 daily or $30 annual. It's good for 12 months from date of purchase. So if you buy it in May 2013 it is good until May 2014.

Trail:

http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/MtSanAntonioviaMankerFlat_4472.asp

Weather:

http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Mount-San-Antonio/forecasts/3068

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=34.295232054468634&lon=-117.63404846191406

Soak your feet at the end of the hike at San Antonio Falls. At about 100 feet tall, it is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the San Gabriels. In the spring when the snow is melting quickly, the water tumbling over the three tiers offers a delightful show. And San Antonio Falls are easy to get to. A leisurely stroll of slightly over a half mile on a paved road brings you to the overlook. Then a little scramble of about three minutes down a narrow dirt path gets you to the base of the falls.

If you are a diehard hiker, most likely your visit to the falls is simply in passing as you are on your way to more lofty destinations, such as Mt. Baldy (officially Mt. San Antonio), the crowning glory of the San Gabriels. On a warm day after a long hike, the falls can be quite refreshing.

WARNING: This organizer is not a professional hiker. He is not equipped or trained to save lives or help with ailments. Please know your limits. Hike at your own personal risk. Plan well and stay safe.