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Alpine Series 4 of 4: Mt Baldy via Bear Cayon and Ski Hut Trails

Hosted by Los Angeles Hiking Group

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Organizer: Mike Cheng

Hiking Lead: Mike S., Mark and Mike J.

Safety detail: Jim H.

Start time and lead:

5:30 am start [masked] mph):

Lead: Mike S

Hikers: Oki

6:00 am start [masked] mph):

Lead: Mark

Hikers: Brad Barton, Ledy, Mimi Win, Erik, Samuel, Ceci, Angela, Robert, Emmy

7:00 am start [masked] mph):

Lead: Mike Cheng

Hikers: Elizabeth T., Diane, Penny, Jennifer, Audrey, Russ, Rosa, Andrew, Stefan

8:00 am start [masked] mph):

Lead: Mike J.

Hikers: Kevin, Adrian, Jim H., Steve V, Ian ___________________________________________________________________________________

Water break schedule:

Elevation Break Location

4260' Trailhead

5530' 10 min Bear Flat

6000' 3 min

6500' 3 min

7000' 10 min

7500' 3 min

8000' 3 min

8500' 10 min

9000' 3 min

9500' 3 min

10064' 40 min Baldy Peak

The whole group should arrive at the Baldy Peak around 12 noon. We will take a 40 min lunch break here.


Location: Mt Baldy, CA

Hike Difficulty: Advanced, Level 9/10

Distance: 11 miles

Elevation Gain: 6000' in 6.4 miles

Time: 8 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 intersection of Bear Canyon Rd and Mt. Baldy Rd. 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.

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.

To get to Manker Flats parking area, please procedd pass the Visitor Center and continue on to the intersection of Mt Baldy road and Icehouse Canyon road. Turn left at the intersection and drive 2.3 miles to reach Manker Flats parking area. Park near the intersection of Mt Baldy road and Falls road on two sides of the inbound lanes.

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

This is the last 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. (9/8)

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.

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 (,_California). 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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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.

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:

Profile Photo:

Members interested in joining this hike must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of the L.A. Hiking Group. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up.