San Antonio Ridge

Azusa, California

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The great San Antonio Ridge connects Iron Mtn. to Mt. Baldy. This is a monster hike: strenuous, with interesting rock scrambling, completely devoid of water, and absolutely spectacular. It should be done when temperatures in the canyons have cooled but while Baldy is still free of ice. This is most common in late fall, but sometimes conditions are still good in early winter during a light snow year. It is good to know the Baldy area well so you can find the descent trail in the dark. Headlamps are usually necessary and some parties have spent an unplanned night (or two!) on the ridge. Most climbers will want at least 6 quarts of water on a cool day. The trip is easier if you do it in reverse, but still involves more than 5000 feet of climbing. It is theoretically possible to backpack this trip and camp on Iron Mountain, the San Antonio Ridge, or Mt. Baldy, but there is no water on the route and you may need to carry 10 quarts or more.

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"The great San Antonio Ridge connects Iron Mtn. to Mt. Baldy. This is a monster hike: strenuous, with interesting rock scrambling, completely devoid of water, and absolutely spectacular. It should be done when temperatures in the canyons have cooled but while Baldy is still free of ice. This is most common in late fall, but sometimes conditions are still good in early winter during a light snow year. It is good to know the Baldy area well so you can find the descent trail in the dark. Headlamps are usually necessary and some parties have spent an unplanned night (or two!) on the ridge. Most climbers will want at least 6 quarts of water on a cool day. The trip is easier if you do it in reverse, but still involves more than 5000 feet of climbing. It is theoretically possible to backpack this trip and camp on Iron Mountain, the San Antonio Ridge, or Mt. Baldy, but there is no water on the route and you may need to carry 10 quarts or more."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Azusa
Distance: 16
Elevation Gain: 10,200 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 14 hours
Season: October-November
Local Contacts: Angeles National Forest

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Jun 2018