||Trad, Snow, 2200'
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|Submitted By: ||Chris Owen on Sep 24, 2007|
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Clouds above the LA Basin - Xmas 1989
A great Alpine experience just an hour away from LA - but don't underestimate the scope of the day out - it's a big one from car to car about 4000ft or more to the summit. A good intro for aspiring alpinists if with a guide/expert.
Start early. Park at the gate by the Falls Road left of the Mount Baldy Road, leave room for access! Hike up Falls Road to the Falls, make a hairpin right and continue to follow the road 'till around a left bend, on the left bank there's a trail through the scree, follow this up then left to the shoulder of the ridge. The trail gets better, follow it all the way to the Sierra Club Hut and a well earned rest. About 2.5 miles and 2000 ft. May be tricky to follow in a big snow year, but there's usually a beaten track.
The Bowl Routes:
From the Hut there are lots of lines, some easier than others, some more direct, some perhaps quite technical - pick your poison. About 2200 ft from the Hut to the summit.
One can get back to the Hut in 15 minutes flat with a sequence of glissades - be careful though, don't go too fast or lose control, there can be rocks sticking out or just underneath in a low snow year.
From Sierra Club Hut.
Ice-axe, crampons. If with a beginner then deadmen anchors, rope etc.
Partway up Baldy Bowl with cool ice formations on ...
Sophie, 3 legged dog, makes her 3rd winter ascent ...
BETA PHOTO: Here ya go. Taco Sauce is the super steep one out ...
Slogging up to the summit taken by Tony T, who's a...
Oh look, there's a storm coming in....
Noreen Flynn on perfect snow in 1998.
Panorama of San Gorgonio and San Jacinto just befo...
BETA PHOTO: Baldy Chutes, guide pic in the Sierra Club Hut
looking at the bowl, on the trail about 10 minutes...
Approaching the Sierra Club Hut
Lluis and Melody at the hut.
On the summit of Mount Baldy - Xmas 1989 - very wi...
Baldy's South Bowl, mid April
Melody Wong & Chris Owen on the summit. Photo by L...
The snow sucked but it was a great day out. View ...
Looking down the bowl from a rest stop.
BETA PHOTO: looking down from about 1/3 of the way up the west...
Looking across to the pinnacles on the south ridge...
a view from where there is a rock garden the trail...
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Jan 3, 2013
Adequate coverage to snow climb, but either very hard snow or crusty powder over ice - lots of French technique employed, deeper towards the ridge line, with about a foot or so of powder over hard snow/ice, ice-axe penetration either very little (due to shallow snow) or required reasonable effort.