Mount Baldy

As prep and training for San Gorgonio 9 Peaks backpacking trip, a bunch of us headed out on an early Saturday morning in May to Mt. Baldy. Mt Baldy aka Mt San Antonio sits at about 11,000 ft high and with about 3,600 feet of gain over 11 mi and took us approx. 8 hours to finish. We began from Manker Flats near the trailhead and opted for the hard/steep way up. This was an intense hike that was extremely challenging but since it’s the highest point in Angeles County, the view was worth every grueling second. I’d say it’s my favorite hike at the moment. The only bad part was coming down! After we made it over the backbone and into the village/ski area, the beauty dead ended. It was on an ugly dirt road for about the last mile or so and surprisingly, there weren’t too many on the ski lift, cheating.

Let us begin
Let us begin

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This is the actual angle on the trail, no tricks here!
This is the actual angle on the trail, no tricks here!
Just coming up to the top, this is what I first see
Just coming up to the top, this is what I first see
It's official
It’s official
Summit Glamour Shot
Summit Glamour Shot
Our crew except for the dog, he photo bombed us
Our crew except for the dog, he photo bombed us
the "Devil's Backbone" looked terrifying but it was amazing to be on
the “Devil’s Backbone” looked terrifying but it was amazing to be on
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