Sam, I used to work on the 48th floor of an office building (one of the skyscrapers in pic below). On the rare occasional smog-free and clear day, you could see everything. Made concentration on work quite hard. I used to lie to myself, by saying that every day I spent in my cubicle, I was actually acclimating for whatever climbing trip was coming up on the weekend :)
(I hijacked the photo from another forum)
Baldy is a great mountain...great to train on for bigger/harder things. And in my experience, everyone's always super friendly on that mountain
My favorite is to treat it like a loop-hike, from the ski hut trail on the way up (steeper/faster) and the devil's backbone back down (gradual/longer). Avoid the devils backbone if there's snow and ice (doubtful around this time) as it can be quite exposed at some points. Also avoid the Baldy Bowl if you are inexperienced or don't have the right equipment (rockfall is common)
The turn off to start the ski hut trail is unmarked and can be easily missed if you're not looking for it, so if you're interested in it try to do some online research prior, and ask people you see the morning of your hike. Here's some info I just dug up online
"From the upper end of the Manker Flats campground, notice Falls Road on the north side of the street. There are a couple of porti-potties on the left. Start walking up the paved road past the locked vehicle gate. In 0.6 mile you reach a sharp hairpin turn to the right where you have an excellent view of San Antonio Falls, continue up the road, which is now dirt. In another 0.3 miles after you round the bend heading east, you'll see if narrow path on the left angling up the slope. This is the Baldy Bowl Trail, more popularly, the Ski Hut Trail. The unmarked junction is easy to miss, so watch for it carefully. More than a few hikers have missed it. Start up the narrow trail as cuts back and begins to ascend north along the east flank of upper San Antonio Canyon. Your expanding views are striking. Occasionally you'll get a glimpse of the green Sierra Club ski hut high up the canyon. After 2.5 miles from the start, you reach the ski hut, first built in 1937. If guests are using the cabin, they may invite you in to top off your canteen with the spring-fed tap flowing directly into the kitchen."
I just took a peek at Jennifer's link..def some good info about current conditions. Check out his post prior as well for a picture of the ski hut trailhead turnoff. If I didn't know any better, it seems to me that he was starting to suffer from altitude sickness on his hike. It's definitely possible on Baldy. I've felt it there myself, but only after staying near the summit for an extended period of time. Just be aware of how your body feels while you're up there.