Leaders: Joe Young, Wynne Benti
Twenty-six hikers assembled at Harwood Lodge to participate on one of six scheduled hikes in connection with this year's HPS Oktoberfest. The Schedule listed 8:00 am as the meeting time but we decided to wait a while and take the ski lift to the notch. After signing in at the trail head (the "lift head?) we arranged for a group discount lowering the ticket per person to $6 round trip. A couple of people chose to hike this stretch and they rejoined us at the restaurant at the notch.
After leaving the notch at about 9:45 am we proceeded up a steep ski run, and during this stretch four hikers checked out. The remainder hiked the Devils Backbone trail to a point southwest of the summit. At this point Wynne took the lead, closely followed by Mike Sandford, Jo Solomon and Lloyd William. All four of them were bagging their 100th peak!
We reached the summit at about 11:30 and took the customary celebration photographs. In addition, Andy Anderson and Lloyd William carried their video recorders which recorded both sights and sounds. Earlier Andy had recorded our hike along the backbone as we one by one filed by him and identified ourselves to the camera.
After the celebration on the summit a sizable contingent checked out and headed over to Mt Baldy. The rest of us returned to the notch from where most of us rode the lift down to our cars. We were back at Harwood Lodge before 2:00 pm. And then - party time!