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Mount Baldy (Mount San Antonio) is the highest mountain in the San Gabriel Mountains and the third-highest in Southern California. A short drive from Caltech, it offers hiking in the summer and opportunities for local mountaineering and both resort and backcountry skiing in the winters.
There are many ways to reach the summit of Baldy. A couple of favorites are described here.
Ski Hut Trail
The Baldy Bowl
See Baldy Bowl Chutes.
The Sierra Club maintains a volunteer-run ski hut below Baldy Bowl.
Mount Baldy Ski Resort
This is by far the closest ski resort to Caltech, and there are often very good deals to be had. However, its proximity to a metropolis and the fact that decent snow is only to be found here a few times a year means its practically impossible to ski good snow here without huge crowds.
Winter Trip Reports
- Baldy Bowl Ski Trip 2010
- Baldy Mountaineering 2002
- Baldy Mountaineering 2006 (includes some good background info, e.g. driving directions)
- Hamik's blog highlights Baldy in winter 2010.
Other Trip Reports
Since there have been so many trips to Mt. Baldy and it is our favourite local spot for mountaineering practice trips and quick powder-day ski laps, a large number of photo albums have amassed over the years. Find a partial list here: Mount Baldy Multimedia.
Nick and his brother Derek during a ski trip
Nick Stadie in front of the Baldy Ski Hut with some Canadian brew
And Nick skins to the summit plateau!