Saturday, February 25, 2012

Spur of the Moment (Mt. Baldy)

Patrick Moran and I planned to hike the Devil's Backbone Trail on Mt. Baldy yesterday.  But after walking up the dirt road for twenty minutes, the urge to get off the beaten path became irresistible.  Thus, on a whim, we ascended a trail-less spur ridge that drops down from Devil's Backbone, two ridges east of Register Ridge.  We eventually merged with the trail and followed it to the top, which we reached at 9:00AM. 


Gaining the ridge after ten minutes of groveling

 Comfortable walking on a bed of pine needles

An unusual angle of Baldy Bowl 

Devil's Backbone Trail

The final slog to the summit

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