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.