Mount Baldy 3Ts Challenge
Are you ready for a challenge? Join us on a hike that starts near the Mount Baldy Village (4260'), peaks at Mount Baldy (10064'), descends to Baldy Notch (7800'), then rises to Thunder Mountain (8887'), followed by Telegraph Peak (8985'), and Timber Mountain (8303') the final peak. It's about a 20-mile strenuous hike with approximately 8000 feet of elevation gain/loss. The route is a good trainer for C2C and Mount Whitney. It's a challenging hike, the trails are mostly exposed, but all that the Angeles Forest has to offer is worth the effort.
Important: It's an ADVANCE hike and you should have experience hiking long distances at a steady pace; the goal is to average 2 MPH. The challenging hike requires might, you should be prepare to deal with the summer elements, and know what to pack. You should be an experienced hiker and have completed similar distances with like elevation gain/loss. This is not a "Maybe I'm Going" sign up; only sign up if you can attend.
Along the route there will be brief breaks/standing rest stops, a lunch break, and regroups at each peak. Being in clusters in route to the peaks is ideal but individuals are encourage to do their pace. If necessary the 3Ts peaks can be passed up; each is about 0.4 total miles (out-&-back) from the 3Ts trail. Once we return to The Village we can enjoy a ice-cold-drink & food, it's optional. The route details are below.
6.4-miles Mt. Baldy Trail - The Village to Mt. Baldy
3.2-miles Devils Backbone Trail - Mt. Baldy to Baldy Notch
1.5-miles Gold Ridge - Notch to Thunder Mountain
1.6-miles 3Ts Trail - Thunder Mt. to Telegraph Peak
2.4-miles 3Ts Trail - Telegraph Pk. to Timber Mountain
1.1-mile 3Ts Trail - Timber Mountain to Icehouse Saddle
3.0-miles Icehouse Canyon Trail - Saddle to Icehouse Canyon
Meet Up Location, Times, & Directions:
Meet at Icehouse Canyon by 7AM
Carpool to trailhead at 7:10AM
Start hiking about 7:20AM
Icehouse Canyon Parking Lot Directions (Click HERE) (https://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=34.250145,-117.636698&hl=en&ll=34.248082,-117.636538&spn=0.011015,0.021758&sll=34.020479,-118.411732&sspn=0.706834,1.392517&mra=ls&t=m&z=16)
The hike is NOT for beginner or intermediate hikers. This is a strenuous hike with 8000' of elevation gain/loss. If you plan to attend you should be an active hiker, have completed two similar hikes within 6-months, and be prepared for big mountain, summer conditions. Distance: 20-miles Gain: 8000' Time: 8.5 to 10 hrs
- Check weather forecast (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Mount+Baldy&state=CA&site=LOX&textField1=34.2361&textField2=-117.659&e=0) the night before
- Good traction hike boot/sturdy trail shoe
- Hydration system, 5 to 6 liters of H2O
- Lightweight layers: rain/wind breaker, it's chilly at the top!
- Sun Protection: hat, sun block, sunglasses, lip balm
- Forest Adventure Pass (http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/ap/vendors.php) (required)
- Lunch/snacks, Gatoraid
- Trekking poles
- Extra socks and shirt
- Cell phone
- Light mat to rest on
- Small camera
Please ensure that you are in good health before participating in a high intensity activity like this one. My function as an assistant organizer is only to organize the hikes/events and I assume absolutely no responsibility for you or your guests. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and made your guests aware of the risks, dangers, and hazards associated with any outdoor activity, and you accept, and fully assume all such risks, dangers, and hazards, and further agree to release, and discharge the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, and event hosts of this Meetup Group from, and against any, and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.