Ascent of Mount San Antonio on 2013-05-20

Climber: Vic Hanson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, May 20, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount San Antonio
    Elevation:10064 ft / 3067 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was doing some day hiking on the PCT as well as climbing nearby peaks, and realized that there is a "back" way up Baldy from the PCT. As a nice bonus it goes over Pine Mtn. and Dawson Peak as well so decided to do that. I was camped at Blue Ridge Camp Ground, which is right on the PCT. I hiked the PCT to the Baldy Trail, which is east of Guffy CG, to the junction with the Baldy Trail. It is a very nice trail, contrary to what someone had scratched in the dirt at the start, rather steep and no nonsense, but in good shape. I made the short detour to the summit of Pine and the way, but skipped Dawson until on the way back. On the way up Baldy I could see what I thought was the summit off to the right, so was expecting to arrive up on the ridge at Devils Backbone section, but to my surprise as I reached the top there was a sign saying Mt. Baldy! I did hike over to the lower summit to the west before heading down. Soon after I heard a helicopter near the summit, which landed for what appeared to be a rescue of some kind. It soon took off again but as it was below the ridge line I couldn't see what was happening. I bagged Dawson on the way down and headed back on the PCT to the campground. I decided I wanted to do a 25 mile day so went down the Blue Ridge trail to Hwy 2 at the Visitor's Center and hiked back up, as well as going a little farther on the PCT past the campground before returning to my site, for 27.4 miles for the day. I don't have the intermediate times but the total time was 10 hrs. 14 min.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:6467 ft / 1970 m
    Elevation Loss:6467 ft / 1970 m
    Distance:27.4 mi / 44.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3489 ft / 1063 m
    Extra Loss:1321 ft / 402 m
    Distance:8.7 mi / 14.1 km
    Route:PCT, Mt Baldy Trail
    Trailhead:Blue Ridge CG  7896 ft / 2406 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:5146 ft / 1568 m
    Extra Gain:2978 ft / 907 m
    Distance:18.6 mi / 30 km
    Route:PCT, Mt Baldy Trail
    Trailhead:Blue Ridge CG  7896 ft / 2406 m

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