North Backbone Trail is a hiking trail in San Bernardino County, California. It is within Sheep Mountain Wilderness and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 10,057 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,852 feet. Dawson Peak (elevation 9,570 feet) and Pine Mountain (elevation 9,652 feet) can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near Mount San Antonio (elevation 10,066 feet) and Rock windbreak, Rock windbreak, Rock windbreak, Rock windbreak, and another shelter.
North Backbone Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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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