Ascent of Mount San Antonio on 2009-06-06

Climber: Joe Nichols

Others in Party:Jean Louis Coquereau
Victor Molina
Randy Brown
Date:Saturday, June 6, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount San Antonio
    Elevation:10064 ft / 3067 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started a Manker Flat parking area and hiked up the road to the 'Notch'/Mt. Baldy Ski Lodge. From there, up the very steep "Rollercoaster" ski run, a faint path up scree slopes to the top of Chair Lift #4 and the beginning of Devil's Backbone Trail. Weather up to this point was mostly sunny with rain clouds threatening to rise up from San Antonio Valley below.

As we began the trek on Devil's Backbone, the temperatures dropped and the wind picked up. Clouds began to move in, obscurring views up trail. These conditions worsened steadily as we made our way up the trail to the base of the scree covered slope . The fianl hike to the summit was in dense clouds, very windy and cold. We reached the summit after 3 1/2 hours of effort. Totally fogged in, we huddled behind one of the many manmade rock windbreaks and had lunch.

We then took the Baldy Bowl Trail back down to Manker Flat. Would not want to use that trail to reach the summit. Very steep most of the way. Total time up and back, 6 hours 15 minutes.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3904 ft / 1190 m
    Elevation Loss:3904 ft / 1190 m
    Distance:11.9 mi / 19.1 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Low Clouds
In clouds at summit
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3904 ft / 1190 m
    Distance:6.8 mi / 10.9 km
    Route:Devil's Backbone Trail
    Trailhead:Manker Flats  6160 ft / 1877 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3904 ft / 1190 m
    Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Route:Baldy Bowl Trail
    Trailhead:Manker Flats  6160 ft / 1877 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 45 Minutes

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