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Ascent of Mount San Antonio on 2017-07-25

Climber: Dustin Erickson

Date:Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount San Antonio
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10064 ft / 3067 m

Ascent Trip Report

North Backbone Trail (AKA the REAL backbone) along with Dawson and Pine.

We came for the FYF festival that weekend and to detox from the festivities we decided a to gnab a few Ultras (Gorgonio the next day) while in the area and visiting my brother. Note at this time the Blue Ridge Truck trail was gated after Guffy Campground making it 1.5 miles longer each way (though a fairly flat 1.5 miles that can be traveled on the excellent PCT.) A truck or jeep or mountain bike could make it past the gate at a steep bypass to the true TH.

I was surprised at how much I like this trail given my overall low opinion of the LA area. We saw nobody until the summit and although the views to the ocean were hazy they gave the peaks a nice layered look. The forest was up to Pine mountain with Sugar, Ponderosa and eventually a very nice limber pine forest with one very peculiar and ancient incense cedar growing on the ridge that had twisted to look more like an old bristlecone than an incense cedar. Fun day, tomorrow was San Gorgonio.

Ultra #40 and U.S. Super prominence peak (4,000+ ft prominence) #71/142, halfway baby!

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