Getting there: Follow Mt. Baldy Rd. to San Antonio Falls Road, about four miles past Mt. Baldy Village. Park at the gate, the trailhead is approximately a mile past the gate from there it’s a steep three-mile hike to the hut.
Reservations: The San Antonio hut is open on a first come first served basis, though it is advisable to contact a hut host to check availability prior to leaving. Reservations are required for large groups. A donation of $15 for Sierra Club members and $20 for Non-members is appreciated.
The lodging: The San Antonio Hut is plush by backcountry standards with a fully equipped kitchen, solar lighting and running water piped from a nearby spring. The hut sleeps up to 20 people, but bring your own bedding. Books, board games and two guitars are provided for your entertainment. Due to fire restrictions, all cooking must be done on woodstoves inside of the hut and open fires are prohibited. Camping is allowed within 200’ of the hut with permission.
The skiing: Baldy Bowl offers plenty of skiing when conditions are good. Those who are feeling adventurous might want to check out West Baldy, Harwood or the north side. The Dare and Shit Chute offer an extra challenge for those who can handle it.
Photo courtesy of Gil Estrada