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Ascent of Mount San Antonio on 2009-02-20

Climber: Luke Hickey

Others in Party:E$
Date:Friday, February 20, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Ski Lift
Peak:Mount San Antonio
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10064 ft / 3067 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove to end of Baldy road at ski lift. Considered "manly" option of hiking entire way but ended up picking the ski lift for a few reasons:

-Less chance of getting run over by skier/snowboarder
-New to mountain, don't want to waste daylight
-Hard enough already w/o extra 1100 ft of elevation to manage
-Novelty to taking ski lift for a hike

If you go when people are skiing, expect lots of weird, confused looks when you tell people you're hiking the mountain. Get to the Devil's Backbone Trail ASAP and avoid them. Once you're outside the ski boundary, it's smooth sailing though.

There was approximately 3 ft of snow on the mountain when we took it. Many people recommended snowshoes/crampons but we had neither. A good pair of hiking boots and trekking poles are enough to get you up the mountain on a calm day. Ice ax would be nice to have along though.

Post holed a few times but nothing dangerous or speed hindering. Be prepared for a deflating false summit. Excellent views once you clear the ridge though. Would not recommend to hike in winter without significant hiking experience.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3000 ft / 914 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Lift/Devil's Backbone
    Trailhead:Manker Flats  7064 ft / 2153 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
mid 40s and calm
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:0 Days 3 Hours 0 Minutes



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