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Ascent of Mount San Antonio on 2013-08-09

Climber: Peter Stone

Others in Party:Jill Stone
Twm Stone
David Stone
Ceri Stone
Patrick Stone
Date:Friday, August 9, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount San Antonio
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10064 ft / 3067 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day 2 in the USA, so it was time to stretch those legs, start some acclimatisation (acclimation) and climb a mountain. Originally we were hoping to visit Mount San Jacinto but the State Park & Palm Springs Aerial Tramway were closed because of forest fires so we redirected our sights onto the nearer, lower, less prominent, but religiously more important Mount Baldy (see http://www.worldpeacepilgrimage.com). In any case I remember black and white photos of my father at USC in the 1950s with the snow-capped San Gabriel mountains in the background and thought it might be worth a trip.

Jet-lagged low altitude folk unused to the California summer sun, we decided to use the ski lift up to Baldy Notch ($15/$10 per person, parking extra but covered by our America the Beautiful card) and to hike via the Devil's Backbone Trail and Mount Harwood to MSA itself. We then added West Baldy before descending via the Baldy Bowl route. A lovely hike with two widely contrasting sides of the mountain and extensive views from the top despite the summer haze - we even had a close encounter with a bighorn sheep near the Sierra Club Ski Hut on the way down. More people seemed to be doing the circuit the other way around because of the steepness of the Baldy Bowl path, but the advantage of ski lift assistance on the ascent, shade on the descent and a less crowded trail made it all the more pleasant to do it anti-(counter)-clockwise. Approximate times were 2.5 hours up and 2.5 hours down, including the detours to neighbouring peaks (car park - MSA - car park).
Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)



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