Baldy & Thunder Loop via Fawn’s Trail! New route around Baldy and Thunder!
You MUST be comfortable hiking off trails and DESCEND some 50 foot sections of Class 1 Scrambling on the 9th mile of our hike (see photos).
– Hike Difficulty: Level 8/10
– Pace: Fast, 2+ mph
– Distance: 11 miles (approx.)
– Elevation Gain: 5,000 ft. (approx.)
– Mt. San Antonio’s (Mt. Baldy) highest point: 10,046 ft
– Water: 3 liters (min.)
– Baldy Bowl Trail (break ~10 min.) to Mt. Baldy Peak (break ~ 20 min.)
– to Mt. Harwood
– across Devil’s Backbone Trail
– to Top of the Notch Restaurant (restrooms/meals ~ 25/35 min.)
– to Thunder Mountain (break ~ 10 min.)
– to Fawn Trail (off trail hike ~ 2 miles)
This is a full loop hike, starting and ending at Mt. Baldy Trailhead. We will trek up Baldy Bowl Trail. It’s mostly steep and rocky at 30/35 degrees or 60%/65% grade (see photos). This is approximately 5 miles and the most difficult part of the hike.
It can be quite windy at the top.
After Thunder, we will be off-trails, on the new Fawn Trail for about 2 miles. This is a class 2, regular hike on a slightly used, rough deer/bighorn trail, at times on over 30-degree terrain and require you to use your hands (see photos). You must be comfortable being off trail. So far, only a handful of people have been through this trail. It is pristine and feels like paradise. I could stay there for a WEEK !
PLEASE NOTE: If you have a “No-Show” in your profile, you will be excluded from this event – Sorry/Thank you.
No dogs. This hike is too difficult and dangerous for dogs.
We start ON TIME. Plan ahead for traffic, parking and walking to the trail head, etc. Let’s consider everyone’s time and allow ourselves enough cushion to avoid missing the group’s departure.
There may be snakes !
Excellent hygiene and trail etiquette – courteous, respectful, and vigilant about our own and each other’s safety – goes without saying ! ; )
Restrooms: At trail head and at Top of the Notch Restaurant
This is an advanced hike and advanced hikers know exactly what to bring, wear, and expect. However, if you have any doubts or want to be certain for the groups’ sake and your own safety/comfort please contact me directly or post your question(s) in the discussion board.
Finally, hikers who have overestimated their abilities/skill level will have to return the way we came up before reaching Baldy. If we get to the restaurant and you rather return, you may take the ski lift, if it’s operating. If we are off trail, we will have to improvise or call a Search and Rescue when we regain reception.
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Trail statistics are approximate. For safety purposes always assume they are underestimated. But don’t be disappointed if they are overestimated. Bring more water and snacks than you think you’ll need.
Trail descriptions are based on previous hikes. Current conditions are unknown until arrival. Expect the unexpected and plan accordingly.
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