Baldy Bowl Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Baldy, California that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Turn right onto Mt. Baldy Road (stop sign). After 7.2 miles you pass the Angles National Forest Mt. Baldy Visitor Center in Mt. Baldy Village. Turn right on Mt Ave. Continue a few miles up to Manker Flats.
Hiked down from the Mt. Baldy Summit. Quite a bit of snow in the shady areas on the trail above the ski hut so Micro-spikes recommended. Spotty snow on trail on and off on the way to the summit.
I hiked in with a 40lb pack, and enough provisions for 3 days on the mountain. I started at Maker Flats, and it's a steep incline all the way up. I started my hike at 3pm so by 5pm it was dark. I found and helped rescue one lost hiker who lost the trail and ended up the top of the falls, and was stuck. I was able through our headlamps talk him back up to the trail. After I hiked on up in the dark to camp the night at the Sky Hut. It was literally the first flat ground I saw where I could throw my mattress and sleeping bag and bed down for the night. It got down to about 27 degrees. I was up by 7am and pushing for the summit. I reached the summit by noon, and was on my way back down via Devils Backbone which is a much flatter and easier hike even though there are some sketchy parts where people have fallen to their death. It's a much easier exit out. My pack severely slowed me down, but it's always a good feeling to know I have everything on my person I need to survive on the mountains for days at a time if need be.
We went up Devils Backbone and down Baldy Bowl... sort of. We went right and ended up above the Waterfall, I knew the trail was to the left, so we just cut left and we were alright. But the newbies that were with us had a rough time hiking down. - TRAIL is NOT MARKED and it is very easy to go wrong. Why it's not marked is a mystery. The rescue helicopters must surely know this? They circle overhead as other hikers were lost too.
So, if you want to try this steeper trail, I suggest going up this way and down the other. And the trail head UP is also NOT marked and easy to miss. But at least you wont end up on top of the Waterfall!
This hike is no joke, serious incline all the way to the top.
I love this trail!!! Scenery to the ski hut is gorgeous ! The trail is challenging and fun... A lot of inclines!! Didn't have enough time to make it all the way to the summit. This hike is pretty challenging. I have stuck with long moderate hikes. I thought I was ready for harder hikes but this one kicked my butt!! But I can't wait to hike all the way to the summit!!
This way up to the peak totally kicks your butt! It's such a great workout. The beginning is difficult and then about 30 minutes in it gets a lot easier. Past the Ski Hut it gets hard again. Be careful in the snow if you don't know the trail well. It can be very hard to follow.
Hiked the Ski Hut/Baldy Bowl trail on 9/3/16. Take plenty of water, its uphill the whole way and pretty strenuous. The views at the top are amazing. I was very grateful for my hiking poles on the way down, and make sure you have shoes with very good tread.
TOUGH, but rewarding hike. Grade is basically straight up for the last half mile or so. So worth it though. Lotsa people. Bring water. You know the drill.
Great hike to get out and do. I did it with my two dogs and even though that was a challenge because the trail is narrow, it was still amazing. Next time is to do he whole loop....
Started at 1am completed at 7am. Conditions 10ft visibility with head lamp and light rain and snow at top. Nice trail but hard to follow past the ski hut. If descending stay to the left and that should get you down, lots of false trails to right leading to cliff areas. Can't wait to snow hike it next winter.
I have done it 5 times in the heat, in the rain, in the snow, sunrise and sunset I love going up there.
Beautiful views all the way up and down.
A steep short way to the 10,064 mark. I did the loop and use this trail to get back down. Lots of rocks and sliding so be very careful. Use proper hiking shoes if you are not a hiking expert. It was fun coming down this trail. I do wonder how it is to come up.
This was an amazing first time trip. Started at 0500 had headlamp but only really needed it to find the trail off of the fire road. Weather was a bit cool but two tech shirts and running shorts sufficed. Went from Manker to Baldy Bowl and back. Had the top all to myself for the best possible way to wake up! I cannot wait to go back. It was tough but so worth it. Took me about 4.5 hours round trip. I took about 1.5 L of water/Skratch mix. ( I do a lot of trail running for reference). Would have been smarter to have 2L or more but heat wasn't an issue. Help out the ski hut outhouse and bring a donation! Thanks to those that keep it up.
This was an adventure for sure, there are no signs to complete the loop so we just followed the trial and ended up hiking 22.8 miles Trail left us at the Mt Badly Lodge which was not bad but we were about 5 miles from our car. All in all it was a fun adventure for sure