Ascent of Mount San Antonio on 2006-08-06

Climber: Greg Slayden

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 Report

I 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
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2284 ft / 696 m
    Route:Devils Backbone
    Start Trailhead:Baldy Notch  7780 ft / 2371 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    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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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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