Mount San Antonio

Mount San Antonio above the clouds

Mount San Antonio, also known as Old Baldy or Mount Baldy, is at a height of 3,069 meters, the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, and the highest point in Los Angeles County, California. The sometimes snow-capped peak of Mount San Antonio is visible on a clear day in Los Angeles and from the city, a dominant eye-catching.


Mount San Antonio has two peaks. The higher of the two has a height of 3069 meters. The lower, the West Baldy reaches 3044 meters. In the vicinity are the San Antonio river and the San Antonio Falls.


The summit marks the boundary line between the counties of San Bernardino County and Los Angeles County and is known as Baldy, ie a so-called " baldy " because no trees grow on its summit. The Tongva tribe called the mountain Yoát or JOAT, which translates as " snow " means. The Mohave call him Avii Kwatiinyam.

Between 1922 and 1927 the American physicist Albert Michelson led here a series of experiments in which a beam of light was thrown onto a reflector at Lookout Mount, the previously determined distance between two points enabled a very accurate calculation of the speed of light, which therefore 299 796 ± 4 km / s.

At Mount San Antonio, the family-owned ski resort Mount Baldy Ski Lifts, the closest ski resort to Los Angeles is located along the Thunder Mountain ( " thunder mountain"). Nearby is the village of Mount Baldy Village, a small community with its own fire department, church, visitor center and a small school with 88 students.

Hiking and Mountaineering

Three different hiking trails provide access to the summit, the most famous of the Baldy Bowl route from southeast is. A route is also "supported" on summer weekends by a lift. Many of the foothills also allow climbing and bouldering. In addition, there are several " adventure trails ".

For mountaineers the mountain offers, especially the Baldy Bowl route in winter and spring a special challenge. The 45 ° to 50 ° steep slopes can only be reached in good snow conditions.