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Location: Mt Baldy, CA
We plan to meet at the Ice House Canyon Rd parking area and car pool to the Mt. Baldy Village
We'll then start the hike no later than 6:15 am.
Hike Difficulty: Level 10
This is an advanced hike for EXPERIENCED hikers ONLY.
Distance: 18.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 8,000'
This trail is 18.5 miles, but you'll need to avoid dehydration due to the extreme climb up Bear canyon of 1000 ft per mile.
Time: 10/11 hours,
Trail condition: Single file, rocky trail, partially shaded
Water: Bring plenty of water (3-4 liters) and sufficient foods/snacks for a 10/11 hour hike. I would really consider the Use of Gatorade along with your water for electrolyte replenishment.
Weather: Extreme weather conditions CANCELS the hike.
Toilette: At the Ice House Canyon Parking and at the visitor center
What to bring: headlamp, hiking poles for the steep inclines, hiking boots, the ten essentials, but specifically hats/sunscreen.
I will update you whether microspikes/crampons will be needed for this hike.
What to wear: Definitely dressing in layers will be the way to go as its still too early to determine the weather conditions. I would plan for colder temperatures even though at present the weather appears very moderate.
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 and 1/2 miles to Ice House Canyon Rd. Turn Right and Parking Lot will be on the left. Here we will meet and set up a carpool to Mt. Baldy Village at 6:00 a.m.
The Bear canyon 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.
We will begin our Hike no later than 6:15 a.m.
Parking: Street parking near the visitor center.
Carpool: Please sign up here. (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YxC7BIPbs0WZAdVPm-xakl2Ca-WINiHM9Ejgzrj-CWM/edit?usp=sharing)Because of the limited parking in the Village, I highly recommend carpooling with friends/hiking partners.
At 10,064 feet, Old Mt. Baldy (officially Mount San Antonio) stands as the grandest summit of the San Gabriel Mountains. No other peak in the range rivals its huge mass and lofty splendor. Mount Baldy is one of the most photographed natural features in Southern California, with its snow-capped summit appearing on postcards and brochures and on an array of other printed pieces.
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Waiting list priority: People who hike with with US Hiking regularly will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.
Advanced hikes: Anyone interested in participating in advanced hikes (>3,000' elevation gain or distance > 10 miles or Difficulty Level > = 7) will be subject to prescreening before his/her name will be added to the list. Therefore, interested hiker must share with the event host his/her recent hiking background to establish proficiency before his/her name will be added to the list. Guests are not allowed on advanced hikes.
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If you have prior medical condition 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.
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