Justin and I like to set little goals for the year, like "Hike to the summit of Baldy" or "Hike to the Henniger Flats." For the most part we complete our goals, just not in a timely manner. We've had this goal for a while. Last time we attempted this hike was about FIVE years ago! We started the hike but had to turn around because Justin had to work in the afternoon. This time, we camped out the night before and hiked to the ski hut in the morning.
It was perfect. And it was HARD, for me at least. It was steep, hot, tiring. But so, so worth it. We just took it slow.... SLOW, one foot in front of the other, breathe, water, next foot.
The few people we saw on the trail were hiking all the way to the summit, which was about another 1.25 hours on the rugged trail past the ski hut - they weren't messing around. They were geared out and tough lookin'. They made us look like amateur kids up there with our tie dyed shirt, cut off shorts, and wimpy backpacks. It's our poor folk get-away.
camp, our favorite spot up at Manker
on the trail
Ski Hut, in view! thank God!
Summit of Baldy and the ski hut on the right
Victory is sweet. It's amazing up there. We have a special place in our hearts for Baldy.