Baldy: First snow hike… ever

Peak Summited2020 Mount Baldy
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadMankar Flats
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a group
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsTrail snow-covered at times - Gear and expertise recommended
Trail ConditionsMinor obstacles posing few problems

Completely randomly, out of the blue, something in my head (not me, of course) decided “I'm going to hike Baldy.”

…so I did. Learned lots and got bitten by a strange bug at the summit. Now, for whatever reason, I'm compelled to climb everything tall that I see. Store attendants at REI say “you should wait until the snow melts,” but I'm thinking of how boring a trail without snow and ice sounds.

This is a very late post, so my trail condition notes are irrelevant. For anyone wanting to climb the north face of the bowl, WEAR A HELMET. We watched a descender pick up some loose talus that ended up meeting the back of his head at a painful-to-watch velocity. Air rescue was almost required. The west side of the bowl is much safer, shorter, and also usually has more snow to climb.

Here's to a long, labor-intensive, expensive, yet questionably rewarding hobby.

Cheers!

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