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My Baldy Bowl Story

Peak Summited2021 Mount Baldy
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadManker Flat CG/Baldy Bowl
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a group
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition
Additional Informationhttps://www.instagram.com/p/COJyim_g9fj/?igshid=qe4w3ut8js50

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😋

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