Saturday, August 18-Mt Baldy
At 10,068 ft, Mt San Antonio, or Mt Baldy, is the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains. Due to both the elevation and the steepness of the trail, this will be a Difficult and very Strenuous hike which is not suitable for beginning hikers. We will do an 11 mile loop with approximately 4,000 ft gain, hiking up via the trail to the Ski Hut and on to the summit. We will return via the Devil’s Backbone trail to the Ski Lodge and then follow the dirt road back down to the Manker Flats parking area. If anyone in the group wishes to take the Ski Lift down to the parking area after reaching the Ski Lodge, you can do this, but you will then have to walk another mile from the Ski Lift parking lot to the Manker Flats parking area. Bring plenty of water, lunch, snacks, poles, and good hiking boots. While you are welcome to meet at Towsley Cyn to arrange carpools on your own to the trailhead, the leader will meet you at the trailhead at 7:30AM.
To meet at the trailhead, from I-210 in Upland, take the Mountain Ave/Mount Baldy exit and drive north on Mountain Avenue to the intersection with Shinn Road – veer left onto Shinn. Continue on for 4.3 miles. At a T junction with Mount Baldy Road, turn right and drive 9.0 miles to San Antonio Falls Road on the left, 0.3 miles past Manker Flats Campground. Park in dirt pull outs along the divided road next to San Antonio Falls road (a dirt road) with a pit toilet which is the trailhead and meet up point for the hike. Apx ½ mile up the road is the Baldy Ski Lifts. If you go there, you have gone too far, but it is the closest point to use to google directions. You will need to display a Forest Adventure Pass for parking at the trailhead. Please RSVP Please tell us if you will meet us at the carpool location (Towsley) OR the trail head.
To easily find the hike leader, LOOK FOR THE AMERICAN FLAG
Rating – Strenuous ++++ for elevation and the steepness of the trail – not suitable for beginning hikers
Leader – Nikki