When you ask nearly any avid hiker in Southern California for a terrific coaching hike, there’s a good probability that they’re going to recommend climbing Mount Baldy. At 10,064 ft tall, Mount Baldy (also referred to as Mount San Antonio) is the best peak in Los Angeles County, making it an especially widespread hike for these residing within the LA or larger LA space, and, boy, is it a leg burner!
Regardless that this can be a tremendous widespread hike (which means it’s normally fairly crowded), I actually get pleasure from climbing Mount Baldy as a result of you possibly can hike it in a loop, and it is a terrific exercise. If you wish to prepare your uphill muscular tissues and take it simple in your knees on the downhill, there’s a ski raise which runs in the summertime that may take you about 1,500 ft down the path.
You can see folks climbing the path to the Mount Baldy summit 12 months spherical, and it makes a terrific summer season and fall coaching hike as a result of its intense elevation acquire and leg burning switchbacks on the Baldy Bowl Path. Nonetheless, within the winter, the Mount Baldy hike sometimes requires particular snow gear and mountaineering expertise.
The information beneath goes in-depth on every little thing it is advisable know logistically in regards to the Mt. Baldy path. In case you are coaching for an even bigger peak, akin to a California 14er, remember to take a look at our put up on the finest hikes in Southern California for coaching in addition to our 7 essential tricks to climbing and summiting a 14er peak.