Brett Maune proposed the challenge:
A couple years ago I ascended the tallest peak in each of the three prominent SoCal mountain ranges (Baldy, San Jacinto, and San Gorgonio) via 'hard' routes. The stats are roughly 22k ft gain and 50 miles in 21 hours 56 min. Details of the route and trip can be found here:
I haven't heard of anyone else doing this (or a variation). Please speak up if you have or have heard of others doing it!
I chose the trails with the most elevation gain up each mountain while selecting descent routes which minimized the elevation loss (I like my knees). This algorithm led to the following routes:
Mount Baldy: Ascend via Bear Flat trail (Baldy Village) and descend via ski lifts to parking lot. Gain/Loss ~6000/3000 ft, miles ~11, summit elevation 10,064 ft.
Mount San Jacinto: Ascend via Cactus 2 Clouds and descend via tram. Gain/Loss ~10,500/2500 ft, miles ~23, summit elevation 10,834 ft.
Mount San Gorgonio: Ascend via Vivian Creek trail (Note, I have since learned of the Momyer trail which has a few hundred feet more gain. Oops! Guess I need to do it again!) and descend via same route. Gain/Loss ~5600/5600 ft, miles ~16, summit elevation 11,499 ft.
Total stats: Gain/Loss ~22,100/11,100 ft, miles ~50.
Maune describes the "Hard" version. The "Easy" version is as follows:
Mt.Baldy (via Sierra Ski hut trail out and back from gate at trailhead), San Gorgonio (vivian creek trail out and back) and San Jacinto (top of tram to house at summit out and back). This is suppose to be a total of 40 miles but my Garmin captured 36.4 miles.
Mark Massengill propose an "Intermediate" version:
Start @ Mt,Baldy Village, Bear Canyon Trailhead, ascend 5,650' to summit Mt. Baldy, descend same (13 mi. total)
Drive 60 mi. to VIvian Creek Trailhead, ascend 5,606' to summit Mt. San Gorgonio, descend same (17.7 mi. total)
Drive 64 mi. to Devil's Slide Trailhead, Humber Park, Idyllwild, ascend 4,125' to summit Mt. San Jacinto, descend same (15.5 mi. total)
Totals: 15,381' ascent, 15,381' descent, 46.2 miles/foot, 124 miles/car
I'm submitting this "intermediate" version because it eliminates any lift or tram travel present in the "easy" version, and eliminates the monster of the C2C2C section of the "hard" version.
Note that ALL VARIATIONS INCLUDE DRIVE TIMES! As is standard for any FKT the clock does not stop until you are done!
Anyone know of any attempts without the use of vehicle or bike?