Mount Baldy is the highest peak in Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains. The mountain's snow-capped peaks are visible on clear days and dominate the view of the Los Angeles skyline.
Topping off at an elevation of 10,064 feet, Mt. Baldy may not rival the 14,000 foot peaks of Colorado, but the mountain rises some 9,700 feet above Los Angeles. In comparison, the famed Pikes Peak in Colorado, which tops off at 14,115 feet, rises only 7,000 feet above Colorado Springs. Unlike Pikes Peak, however, you can't drive to the top of Mt. Baldy. The only way to the top is by hiking.
Hiking trails access the summit from three sides of the mountain, and one route can be done with assistance from the nearby ski lift. All hikes can be done in a single day.
For mountaineers, the winter and spring offer a snow climbing challenge. The "Baldy Bowl" south of the summit is often climbed with crampons and ice ax, depending on snow conditions. The bowl can be treacherous for inexperienced climbers as some sections have slopes of 45° to 50°. Avalanches and rock fall are both hazards. There are also a number of summer routes to the summit involving cross-country travel or scrambling, and it is possible to rappel down the canyon of San Antonio Creek.
For road cyclists, the climb through Mt. Baldy Village to the base of the ski lifts is popular. It has been used as the finish of the penultimate stage of the 2011 and 2012 Amgen Tour of California.
Since 1965, each Labor Day, the San Antonio Canyon Town Hall has sponsored a "Run to the Top" on Mt Baldy in which a 8-mile course over roads and trails ends at the 10,064-foot summit for a 4,000-foot elevation gain.
The mountain is officially known as Mount San Antonio, but locals refer to the peak as Mount Baldy, the name that miners gave to the mountain in the 1860s.
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