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(Mountaineer Series 1) Mt Baldy via Bear Cayon and Back

  • Apr 20, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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This is a conditioning hike for the Iron Mountain attempt on 4/27.

Organizer: Mike Cheng

Hiking Lead: Mark, Penny

Start time and lead:

7:00 am start [masked] mph):

Lead: Mark

Hikers: Rosa, Alex, Oki, Tina, Scott, Meredith, Issac

8:00 am start [masked] mph):

Lead: Penny

Hikers: Tim, Liz, Neil, Rem, Erren, Stephanie, Mukti

Summit time: 12:15 pm

Mandatory turnaround time: 1:00 pm

We plan to take no more than a 20 minute lunch break atop Mt. Baldy.

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Location: Mt Baldy, CA

Hike Difficulty: Advanced, Level 9/10

Distance: 12.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 6000'

Time: 8 - 10 hours

Trail condition: Single file, rocky trail, partially shaded

Water: Minimum 4 liters (If you bring less than this amount, you will be in big trouble.)

Guest: no

Dog: no

Toilette: At the visitor center

Parking: Street parking near the visitor center. Adventure Pass is required.

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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 miles to Mount Baldy Village.

The 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.

What to bring: hat, sunscreen, long pants, hiking poles, energy bar, lunch, snacks, water, and the usual stuff.

Proficiency: Anyone interested in participating in this event must share with my your hiking activities during the past 3 months to substantiate your proficiency before your name will be added to the list.

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Trail description:

Mount San Antonio, commonly known as Old Baldy or Mt Baldy, at 10,068 ft, is the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, and the highest point in Los Angeles County. Mount San Antonio's sometimes snow-capped peaks are visible on clear days and dominate the view of the Los Angeles skyline.

Bear Canyon Trail offers some of the finest scenery and rewarding views in the San Gabriel Mountains high country. The first 1.8 miles to Bear Flat delightfully travels a superb single-track trail adorned with fern under a rich canopy of live oak, bay, and bigcone Douglas-fir. Beyond Bear Flat the trail begins to steeply climb the chaparral-covered southeast flank of Mt. Baldy's great south ridge, You're rewarded with expanding views of Ontario Ridge, Icehouse Canyon, the "Three T's" and Baldy Notch. You'll then enter an open conifer forest with wide-reaching views toward the expansive San Gabriel Mountains to the west.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2013 Activities:

Trekker Series: On the 1st Saturday of the month and will be 6 miles or less.
Explorer Series: On the 2nd Saturday and will be 7- 8 miles.
Adventurer Seires: On the 3rd Saturday and will be 9 miles or more.

Mountaineer Series with elevation gain of 4000' and more will be scheduled for 3rd and 4th quarters for seasoned alpinists.

Exploratory hikes are available off schedule. To participate, you must be a strong and seasoned hiker. Please email me if you are interested.

Waiting list priority: People who hike with me or with Los Angeles Hiking Group frequently will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.

No show policy: If you sign up for an event and no show, you will either lose your waiting list priority or not be able to sign up for the next event.

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Warning:

If you have prior medical condiction 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.

Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

In addition, you and your guests are acknowledging that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2: http://www.meetup.com/terms/

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  • Oki

    Thank you everyone for letting me a part of this experience. It was a very strenuous hike, and I could not have done it without your support and friendship. Thank you Scott and Liz for hiking with me to make sure I was OK.

    April 22, 2013

    • Elizabeth T

      I had a great time hiking with you and Scott! See you on the next one!

      April 22, 2013

    • Oki

      Thank you for your nice words. :-D (big smiles)

      April 22, 2013

  • Penny

    Nice hike! Have fun on Iron next week guys. (cuz it's sooooo much fun!)

    April 21, 2013

    • Penny

      Well, there was beer waiting for us at the bottom. Always makes me hike faster. :-)

      April 22, 2013

  • rosa

    It was challenging and tough and my knees are killing me, but I really enjoyed it. You are all great hiking buddies. Un beso para todos.

    April 22, 2013

  • Scott H.

    This hike was epic! The mountain is unforgiving! This is probably the toughest trail to Mt. Baldy!

    April 20, 2013

    • Neil

      Liz! Where are the pics???

      April 22, 2013

    • Elizabeth T

      Don't worry, I have more pic proof we were all there. =p Will post them tonight. Sorry for delay everyone.

      April 22, 2013

  • Elizabeth T

    It was a very challening hike but luckily we had good weather. Really great to hike with old friends again. Thank you Mike for another fantastic hike! Looking forward to the next one!

    April 22, 2013

  • Scott H.

    Welcome Erik! Good to have you with us!

    April 22, 2013

  • Erik

    Just joined the group after having talked to a couple of you guys on the summit. Hope to join you guys on some of your future adventures!

    April 22, 2013

  • Erren

    Thanks Penny for leading the 8 o'clock group and Mike for organizing the hike!

    April 21, 2013

  • Meredith

    Thanks for all of the planning, Mike!

    April 20, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Exam on Monday, meeting with my tutor tomorrow...I'll be doing this hike midweek if anyone is interested in joining me.

    April 19, 2013

    • sondra

      I would love to join you. I have done Baldy before and love it but I would not be the fastest hiker, ask Mike how fast he thinks I am. I think I am about medium level

      1 · April 20, 2013

  • Scott H.

    Running 5 mins late. Pls wait 4 me

    April 20, 2013

  • Larry T

    Good luck to everyone !!

    April 19, 2013

  • Neil

    Checked the forecast for Baldy tomorrow by elevation. 77 at the bottom, 45 at the top. Needless to say, bring layers.

    April 19, 2013

  • Rhoda

    Hi Mike, I sent you.a message thru email using meetup. I am very sorry that I can't make it tomorrow and I feel that I need to give you an explanation because of the late notice. I explained it there. Thank you very much.

    April 19, 2013

  • David

    Happy to join if any spots available. Either time!

    April 19, 2013

  • Diane A.

    I haven't been feeling well so I'm going to drop out of this hike and next week's Iron Mountain... I'll have to wait until I'm feeling stronger to do that one. Hope to hike with you soon, Mike. Have fun everyone!

    April 19, 2013

  • Rob

    supposed to be a mini heat wave I wilt in the heat sorry Mike

    April 18, 2013

  • jose s.

    I'm driving from north hollywood anybody would like to carpool

    April 14, 2013

    • sondra

      yep and I am on waiting list, so doing sea caves unless there is a last minute miracle, so join us at sea caves hike ok?

      April 18, 2013

    • sondra

      and I have decided that Iron mountain at fast past will be too much for me right now, but I want to train for the next one

      April 18, 2013

  • Amanda S.

    Ok, Back to square one. I believe I will need to make other arrangements to make this meet. Would anyone like to carpool from the SFV in North Hollywood or surrounding areas? Please let me know - I can either drive or throw in gas Money.

    April 7, 2013

    • Oki

      Thank you for letting us know. See you next time!

      April 14, 2013

    • olivia c.

      Thank you Amanda for letting us know.

      April 15, 2013

  • Rem

    I would love to join this hike, but I would need a ride. Anybody doing a carpool from the valley?

    April 4, 2013

    • Amanda S.

      I think we are going to have room in our car

      April 7, 2013

    • Rem

      I'm in the 8 o'clock group, and I actually arranged for a ride, but Thank You! I'll get you a shout next time.

      April 15, 2013

  • Meredith

    Mike, if we should summit prior to the expected 12:15 time, do we take the 20 minute break and just start heading down whatever the time may be?

    April 14, 2013

  • Amanda S.

    Hi Guys,

    I am going to remove myself from the list. I have some family stuff that need to be taken care of, I was not in the best spot on the other days hike, and want to make sure that I am in the right frame of mind in order to complete Baldy. please find other ride arrangements if I previously made arrangements with you. Thanks

    April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not ready to do this hike yet

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Family obligation

    April 10, 2013

  • Amanda S.

    I will be coming from the San Fernando Valley - No Ho. Would anyone like to Car Pool? I can throw in Gas Money and meet at your desired spot...

    March 31, 2013

    • sondra

      Actually I did not sign up for the other hike until I got bumped to the waiting list. I want to go on this one, the other one does not have a waiting list so I signed up just in case I can't get on this one.

      April 8, 2013

    • Amanda S.

      Not sure how to comment

      April 9, 2013

  • Erren

    8 am, looking to carpool. I'm in Temple City. Thanks!

    April 9, 2013

  • Russ

    Dare I go again?

    March 21, 2013

  • Amanda S.

    What can I say, anyone wanna Car pool from the valley to this one as well? Excited, I know this will be challenging, but know we can all do it!

    March 21, 2013

    • sondra

      7 am start time works for me.

      April 1, 2013

    • Amanda S.

      7 Am works for me.

      April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will like to start at 6:00 am to beat the heat..thanks and also take my time to smell all the yucca bushes along the way : )

    March 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will like to carpool and start early. The parking might be an issue. I like to meet at Santa Anita REI. Please let me know.

      March 26, 2013

    • Amanda S.

      I believe Mike put my in the 6 Am group though I know I would have no trouble with the 7 Am group. Mike -What do you think?

      March 31, 2013

  • Meredith

    I'm thinking of starting at 7am if that works for you, Mike.

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There are three poublix parking spaces available at the ranger station. There is a sign posted in the parking lot of the church that states parking only for church members and for the Baldy inn. The baldy Inn doesnt want hikers parking in the spaces on their side of the street to the north or south. Those spaces are for patrons of the Inn.

    March 25, 2013

  • Penny

    I'd like to join! 8am start time please.

    March 22, 2013

    • Penny

      Hi Mike - I see that everyone is stating their experience in the comments - missed that part. I think you know I can do this, but the last hike I did was Iron Mtn a few weeks ago, so this one should be OK for me (and yes, it was a killer, and yes we missed you!)

      March 22, 2013

    • Penny

      Sure no problem - just let me know what I need to do.

      March 24, 2013

  • Mark B

    Can I carpool with someone in the 6am group from Rei in Santa Anita my car is not running the best

    March 24, 2013

  • Karl A.

    Can you move me to confirmed. I would go out on the 6:00 am group or 7 Am group. I tried to sign up yesterday but I was automaticly put on the wait list. I have done this hike before

    March 22, 2013

    • Karl A.

      I did it last year with a friend

      March 22, 2013

  • alex

    not sure of the date yet but would like to make it

    March 22, 2013

  • Neil

    Applying for 7am group

    March 22, 2013

  • Erren

    Did this three times last year, great workout. Hope to get on this one, thanks!

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • Karl A.

    When I signed up there was only three people but I was pet on the waiting list how come. I have done this hike before from the village

    March 22, 2013

    • Karl A.

      I did last night

      March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am training for Mt Aconcagua in Dec and I hiked Baldy 4 - 5 times last year

    March 21, 2013

    • olivia c.

      wow, lucky you! I just sow a presentation of Aconcagua and it seems amazing!!! my nephew did it a few year back, after he graduated from College.

      March 21, 2013

  • Erik

    Mike - We're not taking the ski lift back down this time?

    March 21, 2013

    • olivia c.

      I went with a group this one time, and only 2 of us came back the same way, the rest took the ski lift back and it did feel like forever!!

      March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome..!! Thanks Mike

    March 21, 2013

  • Larry T

    Do I dare push to the limit my old legs and feet?

    March 21, 2013

  • sondra

    LOVE Baldy!

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have hiked it before. I felt good. I don't compete, however. Will this be a speed hike or a scenic hike?

    March 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Mike! Yes, you're right. I was asking more about the mentality of the hike.

      March 21, 2013

  • Scott H.

    12 miles, 6000 ft. vertical, love it! I have been there before.

    March 21, 2013

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