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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Baldy in the snow  Reply with quote

JerryN wrote:
Wish I had been able to get out this weekend.  It looks fantastic.  Though…I can't imagine why you are wearing shorts.

Jerry


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went up Register Ridge and down the Ski Hut Trail today.  No traction devices needed.  Just some patchy snow that's easily avoided or walked over.  Also parked without one of those illegal adventure passes and didn't get a ticket.  They might not be giving out tickets at Manker Flat anymore or maybe I just got lucky.  Save your money!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone been up this week since the snow? Thinking of heading up on Sunday. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:04 pm    Post subject: Current conditions on Baldy Reply with quote

Hi folks,

My hiking partner and I will be in the area this Thursday (2/04/16) and would like to hike up Mt. Baldy to the summit. We are experienced hikers looking for the following info:

1. Trail conditions. We understand that Sunday's storm brought 6-8" of snow. What elevation does the snow cover start?
2. Recommended trails. We're looking for a 6-9 hour loop.
3. Recommended traction--crampons, microspikes, snowshoes, ice axe?
4. Parking tips
5. Ski lift options

Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crampons, axe, microspikes and poles.  Helmet if you're going up the bowl.  Watch for falling rime ice on the bowl or if you walk under a tree that might still be holding rime.  Micro's from the TH to the hut can be helpful and crampons above most likely.  

If you've never done Baldy before, consider the Ski Hut Trail.  Google trail reports or peruse this board.  Park at Manker Flat, take Falls Road up, turn right at waterfall and about a 1/4 mile on left is the steep little singletrack that begins the Ski Hut Trail.  Follow the trail to the ski hut.  After the hut cross the creek and follow the trail across the bottom of the bowl up switchbacks to the ridge.  From the ridge follow the boot track to the summit and return the same way unless you want a longer day then take Devil's Backbone down to the ski resort.  At the "resort" either take the chair lift down if it's running or hike down Falls Road back to Manker Flat.

Prolly 6 hrs with time for photos and breaks if you stay on Ski Hut Trail.  If you return via DBB add another hour or so.  Be prepared for icy conditions if there has been a melt/freeze since Sunday.  It's been sunny so i imagine there has.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 6:45 pm    Post subject: Thank you! Reply with quote

Hi Norma,

Belated thanks for the insight and advice. We took your suggested route, descending the last part with the ski lift. The only sketchy area was at what I now know to be known as the Crux. But, with a ice axes in hand, we were able to navigate that area without much difficulty.

It was perfect day on the mountain. We're sorry to hear of the fatalities in the days leading up to and following our hike.

Eric
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you had a good day of it.  I assume the crux you refer to are the two steep gullies that you traverse above where the boot track is narrow and snow frequently icy.  I remember walking those years ago with my crampons in my pack and knowing they should be on my feet.  I consider myself very lucky in my early years of mountaineering for making less than wise judgement calls with no grave consequences.  Every time i hear of a death in the mountains it makes me sad.  It's such a wonderful sport, but the risk factor is real and we must stay aware.

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