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June 22, 2004

"Did you hike up the long way, up Bear Canyon Trail?" a hiker asked me atop Mt. Baldy. "I hiked up the longer way from La Verne," I said. "You did what!?!"

10:15 p.m. Solo start from Arrow Highway and Wheeler Road (elev. 1,030 feet).

3:25 a.m. Colver Peak towers (5,511 feet).

4:44 a.m. Sunset Peak (5,796 feet).

6:50 a.m. Mt. Baldy Village (4,200 feet).

12:30 p.m. Reached summit (10,064 feet).

2:30 p.m. Mt. Baldy Notch ski lift.

Elevation gain: 11,084. Elevation loss: 4,263 feet. Distance: 28 miles.

Adrian Stingaciu

Orange

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