Ascent of Mount San Antonio on 2014-06-20

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
Date:Friday, June 20, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Ski Lift
Peak:Mount San Antonio
    Elevation:10064 ft / 3067 m

Ascent Trip Report

We make an afternoon ascent of Baldy having climbed San Gorgonio Mountain in the morning. We arrive at the Baldy Ski Lift (N34.26947 W117.62383 approx) at about 4pm, pay our $15 (it's $25 up and down; note the lift only operates Fri Sat Sun and holidays; operates til 7pm) and take a gentle scenic ride up in the chairlift.

At the top is a bell which the hiker can ring, presumably for good luck on the climb. Immediately after the bell, the dirt road splits. Right is the Devils Backbone trail, which we follow to the summit. Superb trail with impressive scenery, q little exposed in places, and nice temperature. We're at the summit (N34.28920 W117.64639, 3073m, outcrop by windshelter cairn) in 1h07 from the ski lift.

This is 23h 07 since summitting San Jacinto Peak: the three "LA Saints" ultras within 24 hours. It's possible to bag the three in a calendar day with an earlier start, but this didn't suit our schedule. Here are some details of the 8000 Metre Challenge / SoCal Triple Crown - the idea is evidently to do them without using the cable cars or having a nights sleep in between - and probably to have a day off before and afterwards!

We run across to West Baldy with its nice cairn (N34.28716 W117.65413, 3046m, couldn't spot the mapped trig point). We take different routes down: Alan goes back down the Backbone route then the ski lift access road, while I contour round Baldy's summit and follow the Baldy Bowl route down. This is a fine scenic route, mostly runnable. At the bottom it hits a road: I turn R here and follow the road down to the main highway at Manker Flat (N34.26614 W117.62705, 1894m). This is a popular trailhead, and a short walk L (uphill) brings me back to the foot of the ski lift. Alan gets back about the same time: round trip 2h52.

We spend the night in northern LA with fellow "front-pager" Laura Newman and the following day climb near-ultra Mount Pinos on our way north to Telescope Peak.

Mount San Antonio photo album
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2846 ft / 867 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3850 ft / 1173 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.4 mi / 11.9 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2846 ft / 867 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Devils Backbone
    Start Trailhead:Baldy ski lift  7218 ft / 2200 m
    Time:1 Hours 7 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3850 ft / 1173 m
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Route:Baldy Bowl
    End Trailhead:6214 ft / 1894 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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