Old Baldy—East Approach

San Bernardino, California

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No Southland hiker’s repertoire of experiences is complete without at least one ascent of Mount San Antonio—Old Baldy. The east approach is the least taxing of the several routes to the summit, but it’s by no means a picnic. You start at 7800 feet, with virtually no altitude acclimatization, and climb expeditiously to over 10,000 feet. With easy access, it's beguilingly easy to come unprepared for high winds or bad weather, which although fairly rare, may come up suddenly. Ice, if present, can be a serious hazard as well. By mechanical means (a car) you can get to the upper terminus of Mount Baldy Road in less than a half hour from the valley flatlands below. Further mechanical means--the Mount Baldy ski lift--carries you to an elevation of 7800 feet at Mount Baldy Notch, where you begin hiking.
Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County

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Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

No Southland hiker’s repertoire of experiences is complete without at least one ascent of Mount San Antonio—Old Baldy. The east approach is the least taxing of the several routes to the summit, but it’s by no means a picnic. You start at 7800 feet, with virtually no altitude acclimatization, and climb expeditiously to over 10,000 feet. With easy access, it's beguilingly easy to come unprepared for high winds or bad weather, which although fairly rare, may come up suddenly. Ice, if present, can be a serious hazard as well.

By mechanical means (a car) you can get to the upper terminus of Mount Baldy Road in less than a half hour from the valley flatlands below. Further mechanical means--the Mount Baldy ski lift--carries you to an elevation of 7800 feet at Mount Baldy Notch, where you begin hiking.

© 2010 Jerry Schad /Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: San Bernardino
Distance: 6.4
Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: ANF/SGRD
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min Mount San Antonio, Telegraph Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Old Baldy—East Approach

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