Hike Organizer: Paul Kemp
Location: Mount San Antonio, Angeles National Forest
Hike Difficulty: Strenuous 8/10
Distance: 11 ¼ miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 3900 feet
Time: 6-7 hours
THERE IS A LIMIT ON NUMBERS FOR THIS HIKE SO IF YOU RSVP 'YES' AND THEN CHANGE YOUR MIND, AS A COURTESY TO THOSE ON THE WAITING LIST, PLEASE UPDATE YOUR RSVP ASAP.
San Antonio Peak is one of the "Three Saints," a name occasionally used to describe the high points of the three tallest mountain ranges in Southern California: San Antonio Peak, Mount San Gorgonio (high point of the San Bernardino Mountains), and Mount San Jacinto (high point of the San Jacinto Mountains). This will be 1 of 3 in a series of hikes.
INTRODUCTION: Mount San Antonio, also known as Mount Baldy, or Old Baldy, is the grand climax of the 50-mile backbone of the San Gabriel Mountains. No other peak in the range rises to challenge its 10,064 feet elevation. From its summit you look over a good part of Southern California – an expanse of mountain desert and coastal lowland. On a clear day, a hiker on its boulder-strewn top can make out the tawny ramparts of the southern High Sierra, 160 miles distant.
HIKE DESCRIPTION: From Manker Flat trailhead the trail follows the Baldy fire road as it winds around the ridge for a good view of San Antonio Falls, then climbs northward , with switchbacks near the top, to Baldy Notch and the top of the ski lift. The fire road ends at the top of the ski lift just before the razorback ridge known as the Devil’s Backbone. The trail proceeds along the backbone, climbs around the south slope of “Little Baldy” through a thinning forest of lodgepole pine, emerges from the trees, and reaches a wind-battered saddle. From here the trail steepens considerably as it ascends nearly bare slopes for the final 400 feet. The top is a gently tapered expanse of boulders, barren of vegetation, commanding the broadest panorama in the San Gabriels. We will return via the shorter but steeper Sierra Club Ski Hut Trail.
WHAT TO BRING: At least 3 liters of water, sunblock, sunglasses, hat, camera, snacks for the trail (preferably high-energy), lunch etc.
DIRECTIONS: Take the 210 freeway east to Baseline Road exit in the City of Claremont, turn left (west) at the bottom of the off-ramp onto Baseline Road. Almost immediately, take the first right (north) onto Padua Ave, go 1.8 miles north on Padua to the intersection with Mount Baldy Road, and then turn right (northeast). Take this road northeast and then north about seven miles to Mt. Baldy Village. Pass through Mt. Baldy Village and in about four miles, intersect San Antonio Falls Road on the left (gated). This is Manker Flat, park here (A USFS Adventure Pass is required.)
For those wishing to carpool meet at the Monrovia Park and Ride, just south of the 210 freeway on the west side of Myrtle Avenue, at 8 am.