Ascent of Mount San Antonio on 2019-10-24

Climber: Jeremy Fuerst

Date:Thursday, October 24, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount San Antonio
    Elevation:10064 ft / 3067 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was part of a trip that involved Santiago Peak, San Gorgonio Mountain, and Mt. San Antonio. I had just about 48 hours to get in as much as possible before spending a couple days with a couple friends to meet their new baby, and I decided to make the most of it.

I slept toward San Bernardino and spent a leisurely morning checking out a couple other stops along the way to Manker Flat. So by the time I actually got to Manker Flat, it was around 1 in the afternoon. No worries, except the Santa Ana winds that were not present on San Gorgonio certainly made their presence known today.

There were plenty of folks walking the road leading to the falls. Unfortunately, I walked a full 1/2-mile past the junction up to Mt. San Antonio because I was zoned out. I doubled back and headed up the trail once I realized my mistake, irritated I had cost myself the time with an already late start.

From the junction to the summit, I encountered roughly the same number of people as I did on San Gorgonio the day prior. So if it felt a little more crowded, it was only because I met the same number of people in about 1/4 the distance. The last person I met was right around the ski hut, and from that point to the summit and all the way back down I saw no one.

From 8800' up there is no shortage of options for paths, and the most direct route is not always obvious. Keep an eye out for the skiers' posts to guide your way (the first one is at about 9100'). Not that most of these other paths would lead one astray -- at least, I do not think they would -- but it will save you any second-guessing.

From about 9200' up West Baldy imposes itself on the skyline to your left. Yet this is not Mt. San Antonio, which is at that point closer than it seems. You will not see the summit until you are about right on top of it.

At the summit the Santa Ana winds really picked up to the point of being unpleasant. I was really ready to descend about as soon as I got there, but West Baldy's proximity in height to Mt. San Antonio seemed too close for comfort to me, so I took the 10 minutes to trundle on over to its summit, where I took a short break behind some rocks as shelter from the winds.

I was quite shocked that I received no cell signal at all on these 2 summits, given their close proximity to the megalopolis below and the fact that I have received signal on far more remote peaks. Alas I could not alert my friends to warn them I would be a few hours later than planned, so I did my best to make good time back to the car. I made it back right around sunset, and most all other vehicles had cleared out.

It was beautiful up here; I could see how this would be a mainstay for L.A. hikers and skiers.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Clear

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