|Peak Summited||2021 Mount Baldy|
|Type of Hike||Day hike|
|Trailhead||Manker Flat CG/Baldy Bowl|
|Hiking Companions||Hiked with a group|
|Road Conditions||Road suitable for all vehicles|
|Bug Status||No bugs|
|Snow Conditions||Snow free|
|Trail Conditions||Trail in good condition|
It all started with a simple text… where are we hiking this weekend😊 and all of sudden we were gathered in a dark, cold morning Manker CG.
It’s been a while that I haven’t summitted any of the original 6pop. This year will be a great opportunity to hopefully attempt completing all of them.
For sometime, I always wonder how miserable it will be for me to try and hike from Baldy bowl. I always summitted via Devil’s backbone for a few times I climbed. Today, I harnessed all the strength and said yes to do Baldy bowl out and back LOL.
Knowing the difficulty of the hike, we started off early in the morning. It was a fun start and as we ascent, the glorious sunrise was upon us. The breathtaking views were an excellent excuse for our weary legs even if it was just a mile or so from the TH😂😂. Long snack breaks along with the pictureque sorrounding was welcomed with open arms.
I’ve been back to hiking lately but nothing above 7000ft so elevation didn’t help to hike a little fast.
This was, by far, the longest time I completed the hike given the mileage. Hiking back down with all the precarious scree didn’t help either with the time on the trail. This hike was also a record breaking in terms of number of falls and slipping within my group fortunately noone was seriously hurt.
Even if it’s difficult, i never said that I will not coming back or won’t hike it again because of the physical pain I endure while hiking. Probably the allure of it’s panoramic views, prominence of the peak, the personal challenge that it can be done or something else, I always comes back😀 This always brings smile everytime I see Baldy from the freeway.
Next time I’ll try the loop from the bowl to Devil’s backbone. Now… we faced reality and headed to the closest diner for a well- deserved meal😋