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South Bowl 

   
Type:  Trad, 2200'
Original: Mod. Snow [details]
FA: Unknown
Season: Winter
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Submitted By: Chris Owen on Sep 24, 2007

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Clouds above the LA Basin - Xmas 1989

Description 

A great Alpine experience just an hour away from LA - but don't underestimate the scope of the day out - it's a big one from car to car about 4000ft or more to the summit. A good intro for aspiring alpinists if with a guide/expert.

The Approach:
Start early. Park at the gate by the Falls Road left of the Mount Baldy Road, leave room for access! Hike up Falls Road to the Falls, make a hairpin right and continue to follow the road 'till around a left bend, on the left bank there's a trail through the scree, follow this up then left to the shoulder of the ridge. The trail gets better, follow it all the way to the Sierra Club Hut and a well earned rest. About 2.5 miles and 2000 ft. May be tricky to follow in a big snow year, but there's usually a beaten track.

The Bowl Routes:
From the Hut there are lots of lines, some easier than others, some more direct, some perhaps quite technical - pick your poison. About 2200 ft from the Hut to the summit.

Descent:
One can get back to the Hut in 15 minutes flat with a sequence of glissades - be careful though, don't go too fast or lose control, there can be rocks sticking out or just underneath in a low snow year.

Location 

From Sierra Club Hut.

Protection 

Ice-axe, crampons. If with a beginner then deadmen anchors, rope etc.


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Rock Climbing Photo: Sastrugi on Mount Baldy
Sastrugi on Mount Baldy
Rock Climbing Photo: Partway up Baldy Bowl with cool ice formations on ...
Partway up Baldy Bowl with cool ice formations on ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sophie, 3 legged dog, makes her 3rd winter ascent ...
Sophie, 3 legged dog, makes her 3rd winter ascent ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Taken from the bowl looking south. 2016-01-17
Taken from the bowl looking south. 2016-01-17
Rock Climbing Photo: The Bowl 2/14/2010
The Bowl 2/14/2010
Rock Climbing Photo: Here ya go. Taco Sauce is the super steep one out ...
BETA PHOTO: Here ya go. Taco Sauce is the super steep one out ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Oh look, there's a storm coming in....
Oh look, there's a storm coming in....
Rock Climbing Photo: What is this, Everest?
What is this, Everest?
Rock Climbing Photo: Noreen Flynn on perfect snow in 1998.
Noreen Flynn on perfect snow in 1998.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Baldy Chutes
The Baldy Chutes
Rock Climbing Photo: Panorama of San Gorgonio and San Jacinto just befo...
Panorama of San Gorgonio and San Jacinto just befo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Baldy Chutes, guide pic in the Sierra Club Hut
BETA PHOTO: Baldy Chutes, guide pic in the Sierra Club Hut
Rock Climbing Photo: looking at the bowl, on the trail about 10 minutes...
looking at the bowl, on the trail about 10 minutes...
Rock Climbing Photo: Approaching the Sierra Club Hut
Approaching the Sierra Club Hut
Rock Climbing Photo: Lluis and Melody at the hut.
Lluis and Melody at the hut.
Rock Climbing Photo: Slogging up to the summit taken by Tony T, who's a...
Slogging up to the summit taken by Tony T, who's a...
Rock Climbing Photo: Baldy's South Bowl, mid April
Baldy's South Bowl, mid April
Rock Climbing Photo: On the summit of Mount Baldy - Xmas 1989 - very wi...
On the summit of Mount Baldy - Xmas 1989 - very wi...
Rock Climbing Photo: The snow sucked but it was a great day out.  View ...
The snow sucked but it was a great day out. View ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down the bowl from a rest stop.
Looking down the bowl from a rest stop.
Rock Climbing Photo: looking down from about 1/3 of the way up the west...
BETA PHOTO: looking down from about 1/3 of the way up the west...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking across to the pinnacles on the south ridge...
Looking across to the pinnacles on the south ridge...
Rock Climbing Photo: a view from where there is a rock garden the trail...
a view from where there is a rock garden the trail...
Rock Climbing Photo: Melody Wong & Chris Owen on the summit. Photo by L...
Melody Wong & Chris Owen on the summit. Photo by L...

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By Chris Owen
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From: Big Bear Lake
Jan 3, 2013

CONDITION REPORT 
Adequate coverage to snow climb, but either very hard snow or crusty powder over ice - lots of French technique employed, deeper towards the ridge line, with about a foot or so of powder over hard snow/ice, ice-axe penetration either very little (due to shallow snow) or required reasonable effort.

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