Ascent of Mount Harwood on 2020-10-24

Climber: Jeff Robinson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, October 24, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Harwood
    Elevation:9552 ft / 2911 m

Ascent Trip Report

Goal: Set new personal record for vertical in a day

Mt. Harwood, Mt. Baldy, Dawson Peak, Pine Mountain, Dawson Peak, Mt. Baldy

Parked 6:00AM, Started 6:30AM, sunrise around 7:00AM while starting Register Ridge

Manker Flat parking lot started to fill up by 6:30AM

Only a small handful of people near Baldy summit by 8:30 when I got there

Gorgeous weather, wonderfully cool temperatures and finally no significant wildfire smoke in the air. Pretty windy on Harwood and Baldy though. The low clouds rolling through Cajon and Banning/San Gorgonio passes, along with the exceptionally clear morning air, made for some dramatic views across to the San Bernardinos and San Jacintos. Olancha and Telescope Peaks to the north were also surprisingly easily visible in the morning.

Took Register Ridge up Harwood, Backbone up Baldy, North Backbone over Dawson and Pine, then Baldy Bowl (Ski Hut) down Baldy

North Backbone between Baldy and Dawson is similar to Register Ridge, but somewhat looser and steeper - a real punisher of a "trail"

Views from Dawson are good, but Pine is far enough from Baldy that things really look different - either is worth visiting

By mid-afternoon, Baldy was very crowded, as usual

Successful, at the cost of extremely sore legs. Had cramps in quads, hamstrings, hip abductors, and tibialis anterior at different points in the day, but surprisingly not calves.

Goals for next time: Baldy from Wrightwood, or Wright Mountain from Manker Flat
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3404 ft / 1037 m
    Total Elevation Loss:10 ft / 3 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3404 ft / 1037 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3394 ft / 1035 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:Register Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Manker Flat  6158 ft / 1876 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Baldy-Dawson-Pine 2020-10-24 (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Harwood2020-10-24 a3404 ft / 1038 m
2Mount San Antonio2020-10-24 b728 ft / 222 m
3Dawson Peak2020-10-24 c805 ft / 245 m
4Pine Mountain2020-10-24 d563 ft / 172 m
5Dawson Peak2020-10-24 e420 ft / 128 m
6Mount San Antonio2020-10-24 f1364 ft / 416 m
Total Trip Gain: 7284 ft / 2221 m    Total Trip Loss: 7245 ft / 2208 m

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