My goals for the summer are coming into view clearer and clearer:
1. Mt. Whitney in July
2. Mt. Elbert hopefully in August
3. 8000 meter challenge (Baldy, San G, and San J in one day) in September
That means I am going to be doing lots more medium distance hikes. Like today’s.
I started out of Manker Flats and began going up the Mount Baldy Falls Road. There is a turn off about half a mile in that is the beginning of the Ski Hut trail. If you have never been up this trail and are planning on it, I DEFINITELY recommend looking at the photo I’ve posted. It’s easy to miss the trail.
To reach the Ski Hut, the trail is about 2 miles + the road. The beginning part of the trail is one of its steepest parts, but, out of all honesty, the trail is fairly relentless. At the same time, it gives beautiful views of the canyons below, San Antonio Falls, and the infamous Baldy Bowl. Today’s goal was some speed intensive – I made it to the ski hut in 1 hour and 18 minutes. I took a nice half hour break up there, filtering some water from the nearby stream (pretty dependable water source year round) and enjoyed a pack of orange shot bloks. Then I descended, running as much of the trail as I could. I made it down in 53 minutes. My goal this year is to get to the summit of Baldy and back within 3 hours or a bit more than that. We’ll see if I can do it 🙂
Duration: 1:18 up, 34 minute break, 53:07 down.
Total Distance: 5.2 miles in and back
Elevation Gain: 2,231 feet
Temperature: low 70’s (perfect weather!)
Terrain: Paved and dirt road, then fairly defined dirt trail
GPS log: here
Calories burned: 2,241
Backpack: Salomon XA 20
Shoes: Salomon Quest 4d boots
Trekking Poles: Black Diamond Contour Elliptical
Water consumed: 2.5 liters
Electrolyte beverage consumed: didn’t bring any
Food consumed: 2 Hammer Gels, 1 pack of shot bloks
Estimate of calories consumed: 400