Great incline hike about 90% to top. Some shade but definitely bring a hat if you go midday or later. Takes about 1.25 hrs up and 45 mins down depending how many stops. Nice view at the top. Parking is to right and the yellow gate can be hard to see so don't drive too fast. It's just past a fenced building
11/20/16- Short hike and good incline - no trekking poles needed. No adventure pass needed because the trail is before the Angeles National Forest. Parking is limited so get there early. There is a sign for mountain lion sightings so be mindful while your hiking, even though this is a popular trail.
Lizeth L. on Potato Mountain Wilderness Trail
The view of the city is nice. I enjoy the nature view around the hike. we actually found a potato during our hike.
a very highly trafficked trail. the trails are very defined so you don't really get that "out in nature" feel like the more isolated and less trafficked trails. but overall still a very nice hike. great for recreation, and even running. TIP bring a pair of binoculars and on a really clear and breezy day, once you reach to peak you can see aaalll the way out to L.A. and even Catalina island.
If you take the trail from the fire road off the main baldy road this is an easy hike. It has a continuous gain until you get to the last 1/4 mile. I do this trail almost weekly and normally take the claremont loop up to this trail that leads up. Its around 7 miles round trip this way so it makes for a good amount of exercise with some good views of the city below. Make sure to keep an eye on time if you go this way the lot closes early in winter and they will ticket you