Hello, friends! I went on a fun adventure this past weekend to Mt Baldy, the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, and therefore, the highest peak in the area where I live. The mountain itself is actually called Mount San Antonio, but the village and ski area are known as Mount Baldy, and that’s what everyone in the area calls it (so there). Anyway, Derek and I were invited to tag along on a fun breakfast and hike with his godmother and husband this past Saturday and we quickly accepted.
We started off with a drive out to the mountain and up to the small ski village of Mt Baldy. From there we took a short ski lift ride up to the base of the peaks where the Top of the Notch restaurant sits overlooking the valley and the cities below. It was a chilly early-morning ride up the ski lift, but once we made it out of the shade and into the sun, it was warm and gorgeous. We ate a quick breakfast and then started our hike to one of the lower peaks – the highest peak stands at over 10,000 ft. elevation (approx. 3,000 ft. elevation climb from the restaurant) and is a much more strenuous hike than any of us were ready for, so we decided to tackle a smaller 1,000 ft. elevation 1.5 mile hike to Thunder Mountain instead.
It was a gorgeous day and a really fun hike – not too strenuous but enough of a workout that we were pretty beat afterwards. The best part was being able to relax and ride the ski lift back down to the parking lot after our hike haha! I took a million pictures, and it was tough to narrow it down, so sorry in advance for the photo overload. ;)
It was really neat hiking up to the one of the ski lifts and imaging the ground all covered in snow during the winter with skiers and snowboarders all around. Sadly, we’ve had such a bad dry season and we’re in the middle of such a nasty drought that it was hard to imagine there being enough moisture and cold weather for snow. Still, it was a beautiful day and I can’t wait to go back and attempt the summit!
Have you been on any fun, local adventures in your area? Do tell!!
As always, thanks for reading! Love & ski lift rides, Kristi :)