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nice hike

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17 hours ago

Took the front side to the green house and came back down via Backbone. Quite"traffickey" going up - but everyone was cool. Coming by down was quite warm (11a). But good trek overall

Lovely hike with gorgeous falls. Fairly easy to get to. Just tread carefully as you pick your way along the creek bed to the falls themselves once the trail leaves the road.

it was hot and so steep and so hard. definitely for experienced hikers. went on a friday so it wasny too packed. lots of friendly people! very motivating. started at 8 am. i recommend starting at 6 am to beat the heat.

This is a TOUGH HIKE! Don't believe anybody who says otherwise! Took a Boy Scout troop, we started and ended from the Ski Lift parking lot, which cuts the distance to about 10 miles total. However, you have to pay $5 for parking here. We hiked up some of the ski trails, which I don't recommend since there are lots of loose rocks.

The Devil's Backbone portion is not too hard, but can be treacherous if you're not paying attention. The final approach is an absolute BEAR. Unfortunately, there was some haze so we could not enjoy great views.

We felt quite accomplished after this feat. DON'T do this hike unless you have significant experience hiking at elevation. Bring at least 96 ounces of water per person.

Great views

Tackled our 3rd peak in our Six pack of Peaks challenge. Mt. Baldy. Was 10 miles with elevation over 10,064, elevation gain was 3,900 and took us 9 hours. Devils backbone was no joke. it was a gorgeous day out and was about 95 degrees with a winds all day. We went up via Mankers Trail head and the lifts were closed so we had to hike all the way up and down. Mankers trail down is a nightmare and I would strongly recommend poles coming down. The creek was a nice treat for washing the dust, cooling down and soaking feet. This trail has lots of dust, boulders and loos rocks the entire way and massive tree roots to climb over. It is not marked well so easy to get off trail.

Honestly, I think there are way too many people here. I don't think I would do this hike again for that reason. If you are an avid hiker and want to mark this one off the list, then yeah do it, but if you love the solitude that accompanies hard hikes, then this isn't for you. I did it on the weekend so that's definitely a reason why. I'd recommend Icehouse canyon hikes, and one of the peaks there if you want more solitude.

Went up devils backbone and down the ski hut/mt baldy bowl starting and finishing at the campground. I brought about 3 liters of water and ran out just before the summit. It was HOT and very exposed with little tree cover. I underestimated this trail a bit and it kicked my butt, I definitely had a harder time with it than San Jacinto. Very steep sections and a good trainer for Mt Whitney. Beautiful views.

First time doing Devil's Backbone. We went up the Ski Hut trail and down the DB, which seems much better than the reverse. The Notch trail would be long and boring to come up, though the less steep grade is nice on tired legs. It's very windy at the top, so make sure to have a warm jacket if you intend on staying. Devil's Backbone is completely exposed and very windy.

Absolutely Gorgeous! Manker Flats to Ski Lodge to Summit via The Devils Backbone. Then down via Baldy Bowl Trail. Definitely a workout!

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