This is the western area version of a San Jacinto Club mid week conditioning hike.
Breathe hard at times, maybe do some off trail scrambling, discuss the events of the day, and watch the sun set. Sometimes we go fast sometimes we ...well not so fast, but it's always an adventure.
Currently hikes are in the Mt. Baldy area starting at either the Icehouse Canyon trailhead or Manker Flats trailhead. Since this is a late afternoon start and the sun sets early this time of year expect half of the hike to take place during dusk and dark. We attempt to finish back at the trailhead no later than 7:00 pm. Participants should already have familiarity with the trails in this area since most of the trails can be steep, rocky, and are at mountain elevations. Patches of snow and ice are not uncommon. (interpretation - stumble, slip, and fall hazards) The afternoon temperature falls rapidly, especially after sunset, so prepare for chilly to frigid temps.
Required Gear: headlamp, trekking poles, traction device such as micro-spikes, long pants and long sleeve shirt, insulating layers, jacket, head covering, gloves, boots are highly recommended. As we head farther into winter maybe even snowshoes, crampons, and ice axe. There will be weekly updates about conditions, and where our starting location will be, but for now the Visitor Center will be our meet point.