Past Meetup

Alpine Series 2 of 4: Mt. Baldy via Ski Hut and Devil's Backbone Trail

Hosted by Los Angeles Hiking Group

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Starting time has been moved to 8:30 am.

Organizer: Mike Cheng

Hike assistants: Mike S. and Lou

Safety detail: Jim

Location: Mt Baldy, CA

Hike Difficulty: Advanced, Level 8/10

Distance: 8 miles

Elevation Gain: 4000'

Time: 5 1/2 hours

Trail condition: Single file trail

Water: Minimum 3 liters

Guest: No guest

Dog: No dog

Toilette: At the trail head and ski hut

Parking: Street parking at Manker Flats parking area. Adventure Pass is required.

Ski lift: $ 10

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

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 (where there is a visitor center) and drive another 1.8 mile to the junction of Mount Baldy Road and Ice House Canyon Road. Turn left at the intersection and drive another 2.3 miles to the Manker Flats parking area near the intersection of Mount Baldy Road and Lower Falls Road.

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

This is the second in a series of 4 hikes that take us to alpine forest around Mt Baldy. Each hike is more difficult than the previous one, allowing us to gradually build up our strength and endurance as we progress in this series.

The 1st hike to Timber Mountain, the elevation gain is 3,400' in 9 miles. (9/9)

The 2nd hike to Mt. Baldy via Ski Hut trail, the gain is 4,000' in 8 miles. (9/29)

The 3rd hike to 3T, the gain is 4,700' in 10.5 miles. (10/13)

The 4th hike to Mt. Baldy via Bear Canyon trail, the gain is 6,000' in 10 miles. (10/27)

Priority in future hikes will be given to hikers staying with this series. The 4th hike to Baldy via Bear Canyon trail is the 2nd most difficult stand alone trail in So Cal. After this series, sky will be your limit.

This series are designed for hikers serious about advancing their capability. The group will naturally be smaller. Hence, if you sign up but do not show up, you will be barred from the remainding hikes of this series. Your understanding is appreciated.

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:

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