North Backbone Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This trip traverses the San Gabriel Mountains from south to north, climbing over Mt. Baldy and following its rugged north backbone over Dawson Peak and Pine Mtn. down to Wrightwood. It features grand views from the rarely visited north face of Baldy down into the remote Fish Fork of the San Gabriel River. The long drive is justified by the fantastic scenery and seclusion of Sheep Mountain Wilderness. With an early start, you can reach Wrightwood in time for lunch with a friend who picks you up. Beware: these north slopes hold snow and ice in the spring long after the south face snow has completely melted."
--David & Jennifer Money Harris, Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press).
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