Steve’s Favorite Race – Mt. Baldy’s Run-to-the-Top

Gary runs on the Devil’s Backbone on the way to the top.

It is time to get serious. One of my favorite races of the year is the Mt. Baldy’s Annual Run-to-the-Top. Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2006.

Approximately 8 mile run with a 4000 foot elevation gain. Beginning at 6,000 ft. elevation. The first mile is paved roadway followed by 5 miles of steep narrow dirt roadway. The next mile, a narrow “catwalk” trail hugs the mountain side: the final mile, the steepest, is above the timber line. The finish line is atop beautiful Mt. San Antonio (Mt Baldy) at 10,064 feet. Walk back down from the summit to the Mt. Baldy Ski Lift Notch Restaurant. Fruit and water are provided every 2 miles, including the top. A free ride back down to the parking area is provided to all competitors by Mt Baldy Ski Lifts Inc.

I’ve done it at least 5 times, usually recovering from a Labor Day BBQ party. I have a goal of sub 1:30:00. I’ll write about helpful tips as we get closer to the race. Mark it on your calendar and check out the official web site Mt Baldy’s Run-to-the-Top Click Here.


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