Ascent of Mount San Antonio on 2006-08-06
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Sunday, August 6, 2006|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Ski Lift|
|Peak:||Mount San Antonio|
| Elevation:||10064 ft / 3067 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI think I set a world record for shortest time to the summit of Baldy, when starting from Seattle!
I woke up at 4 AM, left home at 5 AM, and flew from Seattle to the Ontario, CA airport from 7 to 9:30 AM. I then rented a car, drove up to the parking lot for the ski area, and bought a one-way ticket for the chairlift, operating in summer for scenic rides. At the top of the chair it was extremely windy, and after dressing warmly I headed west along the scenic Devils Backbone trail. I was in relatively OK shape, having climbed a couple of Northwest volcanoes the previous week, so I made good time despite the fierce winds. There were a good number of other hikers on the trail, and the scenery from the narrow ridgecrest route was fantastic.
I was atop Baldy at 1 PM, 6 hours after leaving my house 1200 miles away. There was a pretty good crowd at the summit, and the views were expansive except for the smog and haze. After a rest I headed down the steep direct trail to the south. I am usually fairly fast on the downhills, but the steepness of this trail slowed me quite a bit. I cruised down into the bowl, took a rest at the cabin, and, after longer than I thought, came out to a closed dirt road I had to hike. Here I tried to cut off a switchback but found the steep sandy terrain in the brush to be treacherous. Once down at the main parking area I had a hot hike uphill on the road to the ski area parking and my rented car.
Once changed and unpacked I had to drive to San Diego for a business conference.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2564 ft / 781 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||3884 ft / 1183 m|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||2284 ft / 696 m|
| Route:||Devils Backbone|
| Start Trailhead:||Baldy Notch 7780 ft / 2371 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 30 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||3884 ft / 1183 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 3604 ft / 1098 m; Extra: 280 ft / 85m|
| Gain on way out:||280 ft / 85 m|
| Route:||Ski Hut Trail|
| End Trailhead:||Ski Area Parking 6460 ft / 1969 m|
| Time:||2 Hours 0 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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