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South Bowl 

Mod. Snow

   
Type:  Trad, Snow, 2200'
FA: Unknown
Season: Winter
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Submitted By: Chris Owen on Sep 24, 2007

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Clouds above the LA Basin - Xmas 1989

Description 

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.

The Approach:
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.

Descent:
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.

Location 

From Sierra Club Hut.

Protection 

Ice-axe, crampons. If with a beginner then deadmen anchors, rope etc.


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Sastrugi on Mount Baldy
Sastrugi on Mount Baldy
Partway up Baldy Bowl with cool ice formations on the trees
Partway up Baldy Bowl with cool ice formations on ...
Sophie, 3 legged dog, makes her 3rd winter ascent of Mt. San Antonio, this month. A year later, she bagged two ascents in a day, once from Mt. Baldy Village, then from Manker Flats (20 miles & 8k vertical).
Sophie, 3 legged dog, makes her 3rd winter ascent ...
The Bowl 2/14/2010
The Bowl 2/14/2010
Here ya go. Taco Sauce is the super steep one out of view to the left up the triangle buttress.
BETA PHOTO: Here ya go. Taco Sauce is the super steep one out ...
Slogging up to the summit taken by Tony T, who's already there (surprise, surprise).
Slogging up to the summit taken by Tony T, who's a...
Oh look, there's a storm coming in....
Oh look, there's a storm coming in....
What is this, Everest?
What is this, Everest?
Noreen Flynn on perfect snow in 1998.
Noreen Flynn on perfect snow in 1998.
The Baldy Chutes
The Baldy Chutes
Panorama of San Gorgonio and San Jacinto just before entering Procrastination Chute.
Panorama of San Gorgonio and San Jacinto just befo...
Baldy Chutes, guide pic in the Sierra Club Hut
BETA PHOTO: Baldy Chutes, guide pic in the Sierra Club Hut
looking at the bowl, on the trail about 10 minutes before arriving at the hut at the base of the bowl.
looking at the bowl, on the trail about 10 minutes...
Approaching the Sierra Club Hut
Approaching the Sierra Club Hut
Lluis and Melody at the hut.
Lluis and Melody at the hut.
On the summit of Mount Baldy - Xmas 1989 - very windy and deep snow.
On the summit of Mount Baldy - Xmas 1989 - very wi...
Baldy's South Bowl, mid April 2011
Baldy's South Bowl, mid April 2011
Melody Wong & Chris Owen on the summit. Photo by Lluis Penalver Aguila
Melody Wong & Chris Owen on the summit. Photo by L...
The snow sucked but it was a great day out.  View from 3/4 up the south bowl.
The snow sucked but it was a great day out. View ...
Looking down the bowl from a rest stop.
Looking down the bowl from a rest stop.
looking down from about 1/3 of the way up the west side of the bowl
BETA PHOTO: looking down from about 1/3 of the way up the west...
Looking across to the pinnacles on the south ridge.
Looking across to the pinnacles on the south ridge...
a view from where there is a rock garden the trail goes through, looking up toward the west side of the bowl. this is about 5 minutes after leaving the hut.
a view from where there is a rock garden the trail...

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By Chris Owen
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From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Jan 3, 2013

CONDITION REPORT 
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.