Angeles National Forrest. A hike to the summit of Mt. Baldy in Southern California is a must do hike for any avid hiker as it is the tallest point in Los Angeles County.
Forest Adventure Pass, since this hike is in the Angeles National Forest. You can get one at the Mt. Baldy Visitor Center on your way up the mountain. There is no cost for parking at the Mt. Baldy Ski Lift area if you are going to take the ski lift up to the Baldy Notch, as the costs are rolled into your lift ticket. For specific times the Mt. Baldy Ski Lift is operating, click Here.
Further Thoughts: We started our hike to Mt. Baldy from Manker Flats and decided not to take the Mt. Baldy Ski Lift. On the way up the hiking trail we saw San Antonio Falls, which was very neat. Ashley and I were amazed to see plenty of water cascading over San Antonio Falls even in July. This first part of the trail is the ski resorts maintenance road going up to the Mt. Baldy Ski Area, so watch out for maintenance trucks as we saw one while we were going up this trail from Manker Flats.
Our decision to turn back was the correct decision because not long after we were on the way down the mountain we started to hear thunder and by the time we got back to our car at Manker Flats it was thundering and lightening on top of Mt. Baldy and beginning to rain at the trailhead. Overall, the hike to Mt. Baldy was great and the views were amazing even though we did not make it to the top. We will have to come back and get to the top sometime in the future.
If you are looking to do a loop hike to the summit of Mt. Baldy, that can be done by combining this hike described in this post with the Ski Hut Trail which can be found in Ashley and I's other post on Mt. Baldy.
Taking the Ski Lift: Elevation Gain 2,300 ft. (Moderate - Strenuous), Distance: 6.4 Miles Roundtrip (Moderate).
Time to Complete Hike: 5 - 6.5 hours from Manker Flats.
FOR MORE TRAIL WRITE-UPS ON MT. BALDY
Devil's Backbone Trail (This Post)
Ski Hut Trail
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