The Three T's Trail hike is one of the more peaceful hikes in the Mt Baldy area. This loop trail starts at Icehouse Canyon, climbs to Icehouse Saddle, then hits Timber Mountain, Telegraph Peak, Thunder Mountain, and then descends down to Baldy Notch, Manker Flats, and back to Icehouse Canyon. It's a long hike, but a favorite for those avoiding crowds.
And...on the day after our walk in the ancient Bristlecone pine forest, Chris (birthday boy), Cindi, and I climbed White Mountain Peak. After a 25 mile dirt road drive with views of the Easter n Sierra to the west and beautiful alpine terrain, we bedded down at the trailhead. We were hiking by 6:30 AM the next morning, having diapered our cars in heavy duty tarps to keep marmots at bay. 2.5 miles in we encounted a reasearch station with a flock of sheep (Loma Linda University is doing hypoxia experiments on them. Sucks to be a sheep). Then past a small observatory with a bronze roof (color coordinated with the rock well) and on up. The steep summit push to 14,250' gave us our "Everest" experience without having to go to Nepal. On the way home we had a close up encounter with a flock of bighorn sheep (rare sight!) and a few marmots. Highly recommended adventure!
Here's a hike I did with Chris and Cindi Wilson in the Methuzalah Grove of Ancient Bristlecone Pines. Bristlecone Pines are the oldest known living organisms in the world, the oldest living one being over 5,000 years old. Using a combination of living a dead trees scientists have been able to obtain a tree ring record back to the last ice age, 11,000 years ago!