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Mount Baldy via Register Ridge

San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California

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Mount Baldy via Register Ridge

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  • Looking toward Baldy Bowl.- Mount Baldy via Register Ridge
  • The large boulder at 2 miles in.- Mount Baldy via Register Ridge
  • This route up Mount Baldy is a frozen wonderland in winter.- Mount Baldy via Register Ridge
  • Climbing Mount Baldy in winter via Register Ridge. - Mount Baldy via Register Ridge
  • Dogs are welcome on this trail.- Mount Baldy via Register Ridge
  • Poles or an ice ax can help with icy conditions.- Mount Baldy via Register Ridge
  • Climbing Mount Baldy in winter via Register Ridge. - Mount Baldy via Register Ridge
  • Sections of the route are quite steep.- Mount Baldy via Register Ridge
  • Finding the road.- Mount Baldy via Register Ridge
  • Climbing Mount Baldy in winter via Register Ridge. - Mount Baldy via Register Ridge
  • Looking back to the valley.- Mount Baldy via Register Ridge
  • Looking back to the valley.- Mount Baldy via Register Ridge
  • Nearing the ridge.- Mount Baldy via Register Ridge
  • Beautiful views from near the summit of Mount Baldy.- Mount Baldy via Register Ridge
  • Above the clouds.- Mount Baldy via Register Ridge
  • Looking toward Devil's Backbone.- Mount Baldy via Register Ridge
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Solitude. Lighter crowds. Amazing view.
Cons: 
Tricky routefinding.
Region:
San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, CA
Access: 
Vehicle
Climbing:
Snow / glacier / ice route
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Site characteristics: Drinking water: 
Snowmelt
Recommended Equipment:
Helmets, Ice axe / crampons
Highest point: 
10,064.00 ft (3,067.51 m)
Alpine climbing NCCS rating: 
Grade I
Net Elevation Gain: 
4,100.00 ft (1,249.68 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Primary aspect: 
South facing
Total Distance: 
6.40 mi (10.30 km)
Total elevation gain: 
3,930.00 ft (1,197.86 m)
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,163.00 ft (1,878.48 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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There are many routes that lead to Mount Baldy, among them the Ski Hut Trail and the Devils Backbone Trail. Register Route isn't the most popular way to get there, but it provides an amazing view of the whole area. It is also one of the more difficult routes to the summit. The trail isn't as maintained, but it is easy enough to follow.

The trail starts the same way as Ski Hut Trail, but as soon as you see an old register (hence the name), keep an eye out for the junction because it can be hard to see. It steepens quite rapidly toward the ridge. The trail can be very faded at points, but keep going up. There is a large boulder about 2 miles in, and this is a good indication that you are just about a half mile away from the junction to Devil's Backbone Trail. From the junction, you could follow the Register Ridge Trail straight to Mount Harwood or follow the Devil's Backbone Trail to the summit of Mount Baldy. 

All of the hard work will be justified by the beautiful view along the way and the feeling of accomplishment when you reach the summit. From there you can follow the same way back or take any of the other trails down to the trailhead.

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