Trip Planning: Baldy Sunrise Hike, then Dawson & Pine via N. Backbone 13 miles, ~5750′ climbing

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Planned Itinerary

  • 1:15 AM
    • Meet in Colton
    • Drive to Inspiration Point
  • 2:00 AM
    • Pick up JG at Inspiration Point
    • Drive to Duffy Campground
  • 2:45 AM
    • Start Hiking
  • 7:00-7:30 AM
    • Summit Baldy
  • 7:45 AM
    • Descend
    • Summit Pine Mt.
    • Summit Dawson
  • 12:00 PM
    • Finish Hike
    • Eat Pizza & Ice Cream


I plan to bring breakfast plus a snack to get me through lunch. If we have time, I plan to stop in Upland for pizza and ice cream on the way home.


No water available on the trail, so we’ll need to carry everything we need. I would recommend hydrating before we start hiking and carrying at least 3 liters of water. I plan to carry 2 liters of water and 2 liters of electrolyte replacement.



Based on the forecast, we will need to be prepared for temperatures ranging from the low-50s to 70s. Here is the forecast for the area: NOAA.

Here’s a list of the clothing I will bring for the hike:



First Aid/Emergency Kit
I will carry a large first-aid kit for the group. Each individual should carry the following:

  • Navigation & Itinerary
    • I will print out a index card sized map for everyone
  • Sun Protection
    • You don’t want to forget sunscreen, chapstick and sunglasses for this hike
  • Headlamp or Flashlight
    • The first 3-4 hours of this hike will be in the dark
  • Emergency Shelter
    • I prefer an SOL Emergency Bivvy over a space blanket, but either will work
  • Poncho
    • If large enough, can also be used as a pack cover. Not necessary if your jacket is waterproof
  • Toilet Paper
  • Small first-aid kit for personal use.

2 Responses

  1. Jon B

    Not sure when your planning this, but Angeles Crest Highway is closed between Islip Saddle and five miles west of Big Pines.

    Looks like a fun trip!