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23 hours ago

definitely need hiking boots. when the reviews say rocky, they mean it's literally 3.5hrs of traverseing a continuous pile of loose rocks.

Amazing!! Me and my friends traveled in March 2018 and did this hike!! It is absolutely amazing! There was a lot of snow but the skies were cleared it was sunny and very nice. A bit slippery so if you are not very confortable with snow be careful. Bring food, a hot drink and gloves for sure!! We started the hike from the parking lot around 11:00am and by the time we were back it was about 5:00pm we spend a nice time at the cliff took some pictures and went back before sunset. A quick tip and an important one. Keep you eyes on the road always. Specially going down. The sun melts to top of the snow surfaces and it turns into ice. Sometimes “Black ice” on rocks which is hard to see. You can slip in a blink of an eye lol. Temperature was around 5C use light and warm enough clothes and bring an extra top just in case. Our food of choice was brown cheese, bread, chocolate and coffee. Anyways, have fun! And please! Respect the nature :)

Jonathan G,

This trail has a steady ascend and is well marked.
The views at the end are amazing and gives you a great perspective of the entire Santa Barbara.

Such an awesome climb to the Baldy summit today. The views were incredible. Crampons AND Poles are a MUST and that is the minimum. I would’ve felt safer with an ice axe. The temperature was freezing and my hydration pack froze while I was climbing the backbone. Kind of annoying, but that’s why I came hydrated.
I took the fire road route up to the Baldy Notch which lead to the Devils Backbone and up to the summit. I got lost on the way down when the fog set in HEAVILY. I ended up taking a wrong turn and ended up on Register Ridge which was SKETCHY (I loved that).
Come prepared, have patients, and be safe.

“Mountains are not Stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion”
-Anatoli Boukreev

IG: @TheSoCalHiker94

Probably better in summer. Cold and windy near the ski lift. Bar was closed. Took about 30 minutes hiking down to thaw my face and hands. Pretty views and steady incline. Watch for ice

Loved it take enough water in the summer, hat and food!

22 days ago

This hike was very pretty. I loved the summit and exploring the paths and panoramic view of the coast. It is worth every step. For beginner-intermediate hikers, my friend and I took our time going up to the point. There is a good amount of shade along they way. We passed a creek with little water and saw small groups of people frequently. The entire hike was about 6 miles for us. Parking on the side of the streets can be crowded in the weekend.

This is a great hike to challenge yourself! It has a great scenery and a bar with food near the lift. I took my walking sticks because coming down is hard and rocks and dirt slide. I really enjoyed this hike! Bring lots of water and it’s cold at the top so be prepared!

25 days ago

The first part of the hike is on a road which is not so nice, but the trail is pretty good to walk on after that. The views at the top are cool!

Absolutely perfect - so beautiful, challenging, and easy to do in one morning or afternoon!

Gorgeous day, great views, nice to find snow on Christmas Eve. Hard packed snow was easy to navigate with hiking shoes or boots.

Micro spikes highly recommended. Icy patches off and on in lower elevations. Snow gets deep near the peak. Trail may be hard to follow after fresh snowfall. This is a moderate trail but not one I would go on without the proper gear. Saw people heading up at nearly sunset as we were coming down who were under-equipped and without any concept of how long the trail takes to complete. Be safe, not sorry, especially in the middle of a government shutdown which means no rangers out patrolling.

Love it! I walked it many times. Wear sturdy shoes and use walking sticks. Trail is rough and rocky in places.

One of the best hikes. This hike actually is not really hard as people say. I took my three older sons with me (13,10, 10) and they completed it with no issues. Mind you they have been backpacking since age 2.

We had a great time! Snow at that time was perfect.

12/14/18 You will have a better day hiking if you bring micro spikes! Patchy icy snow for first 1/2, lots of soft snow 2nd 1/2 to the top. It’s cooler so dress warm and trail tip: at Saddle Junction you must make a hard RIGHT turn (almost like a U-turn) or you will end up on the wrong trail like we did! Thanks to the AllTrails map & GPS we connected to the correct trail after 30 min! You can’t see the trails because of the snow so make sure your phone is charged so you can keep checking the AllTrail map!

Made it to about a half mile from summit. too much snow and sun goin down. Ice to saddle then powder the rest of the way made it slow but well worth it. Amazing views past saddle along ridgeline. not too strenuous. Most elevation to saddle. Will do again definitely. Make sure you get a parking pass or adventure pass. Also need permit at ranger station. Self serve. Got there at 7am on a sat. and about 6 permits were left.

very easy good hike for cardio and good one for beginners too

just a great hike with shade and fantastic views

1 month ago

This is a fun hike - pretty easy and mellow for the most part. The parking made it seem like it was going to be crowded, but we didn't really run into anyone here. We brought out pup and she had a blast!

1 month ago

BEAUTIFUL views! Limited parking space if you go in the morning.

Such a beautiful hike all the way to lookout tower. enjoyed the hike up but decent was very hard on my knees even using my poles. Will do it again

The hike to the saddle completes most of the elevation gain. From there to Peak is flat or gradual gain. Really pretty hike. Lots and lots and lots of dogs on trail. If you get there by 7am or earlier you pretty much have the trail to top by yourself. Coming down in late morning or early afternoon and you will pass excessive amounts of people. Bathrooms at trailhead and all trails well marked. I started hike at 7am and was the only one on top. Did see 4 people coming back down. All but one spent the night camping.

Nice hike up to the saddle from Devil's Slide. Just a short trip from here to Tahquitz Peak or a longer trek to Mt. San Jacinto. Great views of Suicide Rock going up. Don't forget to get a pass at ranger station in town. I believe this trail has a sign that says "No Dogs" but I always see lots of dogs on trail. Last time I was on her to MSJ I saw a baby rattlesnake. Great small hike.

Gorgeous hike! Stop at ranger station in town for parking permit and trail pass. Learned that hard way. Wilderness up there is just gorgeous! Saw one black rattle snake on trail near top.

Amazing hike with great views.

All incline so be ready to up hill it - it ends meeting up with several trail junctions so there are options to keep on with another trail with less incline. Beautiful views! And close to town center.

Easy hike with a beautiful view of Santa Barbara at the end.

Beautiful Hike! The climb back up from Pika lake is a bit rough on tired legs. Went 11/14 and had a lot of fun playing on the frozen lakes

2 months ago

Trail head was difficult to ID at first, but after asking around, we parked at Paseo Del Mar & Avenida Mirola. The view is amazing. Very rocky path.

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