A challenging, yet beautiful hike up to the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountain range and offering impressive views of San Antonio Canyon from start to finish.
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- Take the 134 East all the way until you merge with the 210 West. You'll continue on the 210 West passing through Pasadena, Arcadia and Glendora until you reach Claremont. Take exit 52 and take a left on 16th Street followed by a quick right on Padua Avenue (the street changes its name to Monte Vista Avenue going south). Approximately 1.8 miles up Padua Avenue, you'll take a right on Mount Baldy Road and continue driving and following the signs directing you towards "Mount Baldy". When you reach Manker Flats Campground, street parking should be available along the road.
- NOTE: You need a Southern California "Adventure Pass" to park.
- NOTE: there are multiple hiking options to get to the summit and this option is utilizing the Sierra Club Ski Hut Trail as an out-and-back excursion.
- Begin your hike up Falls Road just 0.3 miles northeast of Manker Flats Campground. The paved road leads to San Antonio Falls (small waterfall less than a mile up) and is also the trail you'll want to take to reach the trailhead of Ski Hut Trail. When you hit the "T" intersection (left takes you to San Antonio Falls and right takes you towards the trailhead), take a right. The split for the Sierra Club Ski Hut Trail will occur less than 0.5 mils after the "T" intersection.
- When you see in the ascending dirt path (WARNING: it's unmarked) branching off Falls Road, take a left and you'll continue up this all the way until you hit the Sierra Club Ski Hut (1.5 miles up). This trail is the shorter, more aggressive ascent up the mountain side.
- Once you've reached the Sierra Club Ski Hut and have had a break, continue following the path west that goes past the hut and will bring you across Baldy Bowl. Fortunately, this portion will be the easiest of the hike and some boulder climbing will be needed during this portion. Though, the hardest (in my opinion) will be next.
- As you reach the ridge, the true challenge now begins. It's an incredibly steep and unforgiving path of short switchbacks that lead up to the ridge top. Make sure you're aware this isn't too long and once you've made it to the ridge top, you've completed the hardest part.
- At the ridge top, go north up Mount Baldy's south face and this will lead you to the beautiful summit with panoramic views. There are a few moments that make it seem like you've reached the top, but keep on trekking until you reach the "Mount Baldy" placard.
- Elevation at the summit: 10,040 feet