Mt. Baldy- Ski Hut-Devils Backbone Loop

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Mt Baldy is the highest mountain in the Los Angeles area and  is a very popular hike amongst the hiking community. I’ve had the pleasure of summiting this mountain 6 times and the view is just as breathtaking as the first time.

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Ski Hut from the trail

The Ski Hut Trail begins about .6 miles up Falls Rd passing San Antonio Falls. There used to be a sign marking the obscure trail but that has since be removed. So keep by our eyes open as this trail is easy to miss. It is on the left hand side.

The Ski Hut marks the halfway point to the summit. This is a great place to stop have a snack and if you’re lucky you might even spot some wildlife.

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Deer grazing just below the Ski Hut

From here you will cross the Baldy Bowl, do a little boulder scrambling and then back into the pine forest to continue the ascend to the summit. 

Once at the summit if you look in a Southeastern direction you will the the Devils Backbone Trail. Views from this trail are amazing!

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Devils Backbone viewed fromnthe Summit

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Take this trail down to the Baldy Notch (Ski lifts) from there you can either take the ski lifts down (if they’re running) or take the road down which is directly behind the restaurant. The road will take you back down and pass up the waterfall and leave you back at your car.

Click here for directions to the parking lot

***BE SURE TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN HIKING ON THE DEVILS BACKBONE TRAIL. I DO NOT RECOMMEND HIKING THIS TRAIL AFTER SNOW FALL. PEOPLE DIE ON THIS TRAIL JUST ABOUT EVERY YEAR***

• 11.3 MILE LOOP
• HIKING POLES RECOMMENDED
• AMAZING VIEWS
• 3‚900 FT OF GAIN
• 7-9 HRS TO COMPLETE
• ADVENTURE PASS IS REQUIRED

Mile Mile and a Half Movie Screening

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http://www.tugg.com/events/5189

Mile…Mile & A Half in Orange, CA on Wednesday, September 25, 7:00pm

Trying to get enough people  signed up to get this awesome movie brought to OC for us to enjoy.

Please spread the word!

The Wally Waldron Tree

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The Wally Waldron tree is  one of the oldest trees in the San Gabriel Mountains  estimated to be older than 1,500 years.
  It is named after Wally Waldron who was a member of the executive board of the LA area council of the Boy Scouts. 
  The tree is at the junction with the PCT and the trail that leads up to the summit of Mt. Baden Powell.

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The Wally Waldron Tree viewed from the PCT

Update: Missing Eaton Canyon Hikers Found

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The five hikers that were reported missing on Friday morning have been found uninjured. The group apparently failed to inform anyone that they planned on camping overnight instead of returning home on Thursday evening.

What a waste of the Sheriff Department’s resources…

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