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Location: Stuntin in the trap son

PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:20 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Got the idea in my head that I wanna hike over the SG's from the high desert side around Wrightwood down to Claremont via Baldy. Have any of you guys 'traversed' the range?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've kicked around the idea of doing the Silver Moccasin Trail connecting Baden-Powell with Chantry Flat. You could do it either direction, about 53 miles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Moccasin_Trail
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Taco wrote:
Got the idea in my head that I wanna hike over the SG's from the high desert side around Wrightwood down to Claremont via Baldy. Have any of you guys 'traversed' the range?


No, that would be cool though.

I was planning a C2B (Claremont to Baldy) hike before they closed the Bear Flat Trail. I might still do that. But if you're planning a traverse from Wrightwood I'm interested.

I'm also considering Punchbowl to Baldy Bowl, about 31 miles. But that hike would end at Manker.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rad, I'll keep that in mind!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's up guys! Anyone interested in tackling this Death March, or anything just as daunting, sometime in the Fall?  Let's plan something!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm interested. Dunno if I'll be playing or spectating but I'm interested.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Starting of Wrightwood is hardly a full traverse.  Starting in the desert and ending on the coastal plain would be a full traverse.

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There's a road shown on the topo maps going from Fort Tejon Rd in the desert to the Big Pines Hwy.  Start there, and then you've got a traverse.  Not sure if this is all publically accessible.

Alternatively, you could start at Devil's Punchbowl which I know is publically accessible.

For the Manly men, I route you down the East Fork, up over Iron Mtn, and then traversing to Mt. Baldy via San Antonio Ridge.  The most straightforward route.  Of course.  Ahem.  Smile

Alternatively, one could take the PCT to Wright Mtn and use the North Devils Backbone to get to Baldy.

From Baldy, go to Cucamonga Peak, then Buck Point.  From there you can either exit to near the mouth of Lytle Creek or down to San Antonio Heights/Rancho Cucamonga.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I quit at the start of one traverse thing a few weeks ago at midnight at Crystal Lake. Big thing that really got me is it's still 9 miles or so of concrete I gotta walk on after 20-some miles of hiking to get home. I would be starting at Crystal Lake, and ending at my front door since I don't have a vehicle right now.

I have two Baldy area routes. Both start on Lone Pine Canyon Road. See the black line? Follow that up from the road, over Wright to Baldy. Routes split here. A is technical, B is non.

A: Hike to Thunder, three T's, go to Cucamonga Saddle, descend into Cucamonga Canyon and take that to Campus or University Street in Rancho or around there. Would involve canyoneering. Have wanted to descend that canyon for a year now.

B: Descend south ridge trail of Baldy/Bear Village whatever it's called. Still have never done it. Anyway, down then up Sunset, to Colver, down into Claremont.

I've made a track for one starting south of Palmdale in the desert, ending at Eaton Canyon. Would also require rope, but that's important. It's about more than just a long hike for my own purposes, and I'm not ready for those. Would like to bring a light bivy setup, some 'emergency' stuff to test things out in my head.




What kind of pace would you guys be taking? One shot, no bivies? Light bivy gear since it's warm-ish? Backpacking pace?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey amigos, I figured I would hear something from you both!

HJ, you never fail to disappoint with your mapping creativity.  I personally prefer the start from Devil's Punchbowl and then following the rest of your Trans SG trail.  Although 65 miles? I was thinking of a single push kind of adventure.  That seems like a long f*ing day!  I don't know if I would have the patience to walk all that.  I would get really antsy to start running to save time Wink  No but seriously, if one just commits to a 24 hour+ day, then I think it would be good times.  I would be down to do this if other people are interested.

Taco, that sounds like a really cool adventure too. I would be willing to do something like that as well. Although I've never done any canyoneering yet. Maybe I should brush up on my skills a bit before attempting that Wink


Otherwise, I had a few ideas in mind also.  I have not looked too extensively yet, but I've been wanting to do some kind of U shape loop that would traverse the islip-baden powell ridge, and then either blue ridge to baldy or iron and san antonio ridge to baldy, and then three t's, ontario bighorn, cucamonga, etiwanda and back down somewhere. Maybe starting in Azusa or Glendora, finishing in the southern foothills or the eastern side by the 15.  Just a thought! I will figure something out and provide a sketch soon.

Hope you guys have a good weekend, take it easy!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wild wrote:

Otherwise, I had a few ideas in mind also.  I have not looked too extensively yet, but I've been wanting to do some kind of U shape loop that would traverse the islip-baden powell ridge, and then either blue ridge to baldy or iron and san antonio ridge to baldy, and then three t's, ontario bighorn, cucamonga, etiwanda and back down somewhere. Maybe starting in Azusa or Glendora, finishing in the southern foothills or the eastern side by the 15.  Just a thought! I will figure something out and provide a sketch soon


I could map that easily. If you start in Glendora, you could go up the Garcia Trail near the fire station off Sierra Madre Blvd, up to Glendora Ridge Motorway, then up the ridge that GMR runs up. Down Upper Monroe Truck Trail, which might be tricky or not doable cause it ends near Fire Camp 19. From there, you'd either have to wlak on East Fork Rd to go west towards West Fork Parking Lot, where you can pick up the long south ridge of Smith and take that up Smith, over 5495, up Islip, then do the ridge east over Hawkinseseses and Baden Powell etc. Lotta elevation gain this way for sure. Or, go up the small trail southwest of Doe Flat and make it up Doe Peak, east on the ridge to Rattlesnake, then up everyone's favorite ridge to South Mount Hawkins and the loop to Baden Powell and beyond. Also a lot of work.

Azusa allows one to take a shitty steep ridge up Silver Mountain to Pine, then down Rincon or something to R39, up Smith's south ridge and so on. Less walking on the road time, I think.

My knees wanna start in the high desert so there's more loss than gain. Wink Maybe I'm lazy.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Jim, how many miles approximately do you think would be cut out of the 65 if one was to take the purple alternate route, starting from Devil's Punchbowl? Looks like it could be quite a bit.  Maybe 10?

Taco, that does sound like a lot of work, haha.  Maybe not this time.  I am down for what you mentioned earlier this year in this thread, just doing Wrightwood to Claremont, maybe in a day? What did you have in mind route-wise after Baldy?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once it cools down! (aka lemme put this off some more)

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