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Such an amazing hike! If youre unsure of where to go there is a friendly staff at the nature center that offers you maps of all the trails available with their level of difficulty. The trails are clean and it is such a great way to spend a day out.

Great hike! Hard, but that’s why we do it. I’ve used this hike twice to train for Mt. Whitney.

Beautiful hike today. Be prepared for the cold from now until late spring. I could've used another layer of clothes and gloves.

hiking
10 days ago

I find the app description lacking so I’ve decided to put my own experiences here:

Difficulty: 6/10 (intermediate-hard)

Duration: 2 hrs up, 2 hrs down

Distance: 7.7 miles

Parking: parking lot (need pass)

Views: 9/10; Antelope Valley, Angeles Forest, (N, NE), LA basin (S), 360 at the peak

Incline: intermediate, last mile is pretty steep and some rock scrambling.

Technical: single track dirt, some rock scrambling last mile, some steps

Equipment: hiking shoes (Merrill mesh), north face convertible pants, Underarmor T-shirt, (camelbak w water), hoodie, gloves, beanie but took them off after warming up

Weather: mid 40s

Shade: some sections of shade, a lot from southern mountain shadow

Environment: forest and desert vegetation

Wildlife: birds

Bugs: none

Details: intermediate uphill most of the way, last mile is pretty steep spots with some rock scrambling

TIPs: cooler weather makes this hike easier and more pleasant, sign in at the top

PROS: a good hard work out and amazing 360 view on top

CONS: none

Scott H (aka Swiper)

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Started at 6 am, temperature at trailhead was 24* F and with the windchill was 16* F. There was snow pretty much along the whole trail, in some places ankle deep. Recommend micro spikes and hiking poles. Dress in layers and don't skimp on the boots and gloves. We were lucky enough to be able to follow another group who had stamped out a trail in the snow for us, otherwise we would not be able to see it at all. The winds were strong enough to bury the trail in some places. Beautiful if not a very strenuous hike. Beautiful views early in the morning.

Lots of snow from the storm that hit this week. Gorgeous hike!

It's been 16 years since I hiked this, so I was really happy to see how well it was kept. I bought my one day adventure pass at Don's liquor in Frazier Park for $5.36. The fee goes for trail maintenance and stuff. I didn't see one speck of trash on the trail! I only did 5 miles round-trip because I was limited on time, but I was there from around 10:45-1:45 and there was NOBODY around. There was a little ice on the ground at some points where the sun never shines, but the air was so fresh and crisp and beautiful. It's uphill the whole way, but it's gradual. My heart rate got up but not so much that I was gasping and had to rest for long. Didn't see any wildlife, but I had my 2 big dogs with me. Enjoy!

Light snow about 500 ft or so to summit( 11/28. Microspikes not needed yet but could come in handy in the next couple days since it’s forecasted snow tomorrow...ran down devils back bone it was fun.. went clockwise. Steady incline at the end but nothing crazy. People say their vertigo thing could be an issue which I do have that problem... I didn’t feel anything out of ordinary except when looking at it from a distance made me dizzy. But walking through I was fine. Just Incase anyone else was wondering the same thing? Happy trails

Good hike and great scenic views. I could feel the oxygen start to thinner out on my way up. I shouldnt have hiked alone but no one would dare go with me especially at a high level. Be careful when climbing up the rocks as they start to be slippery with ice building up. Overall it was worth it.

Did it on 11/17 and had perfect weather!! Chilly up top, slight breeze but I still had a T-shirt on.

Today: walked about halfway up the backbone from Notch. Chickened out at the hairpin turn around 8700 ft. as trail was very narrow and I had on ASICS with no trekking poles. Will attempt safely in the future. Lots of hikers. Beautiful weather. Bring a warm jacket and scarf. There is snow at the Baldy summit; you can see it from the trail.

Theres snow on the top of the trails now!! Definitely recommend bringing trekking poles

hiking
18 days ago

This is one of my favorite trails. Great views once you reach the summit.

Took an uber on my own from LA to manker flat. Not a lot of people on the weekend after thanksgiving. This trail has everything, waterfall, snow, and very amazing view. Around 11:30, decided to go counter clockwise, reached the top by sunset, very incredible view, but very windy and cold. Stayed for about 15 minutes then rushing to go down. Very challenging finding way down in the dark. But amazing experience seeing stars with naked eyes!
Arrived at the trailhead around 7pm and no phone reception to call uber, so decided to walk down for a phone reception but very lucky a very nice family offered to take me down the mountain even took me all the way to Pasadena. An amazing day, great experince, amazing views, fantastic thanksgiving getaway adventure.

Clockwise is the way the go this time of year. Top of the Notch restaurant is only open 11 to 5 so you get a good lunch break on the way down. Some snow at the top. Micro spikes are a good idea to bring along but full crampons and an axe was an overkill. We had great weather but it was a bit windy. Not a lot of people the day after Thanksgiving which was great. Definitely a great hike!

Great hike!! You get a great workout out of it. Amazing views, a good amount of ups and downs to keep it fun and interesting through out the trail.

hiking
21 days ago

I did this hike yesterday, beautiful one. The trail itself is pretty set and clear, easy to maneuver, not a lot of roots or big rocks (great for trail running). The challenging part is that it’s a continuous incline with no breaks, especially in the beginning. Tons of switchbacks. The surprising part is that it’s a well shaded hike, I started at noon and reached the top by 2 with a decent pace. Wind is insane at the top once the trees start dwindling down. Great views.

It has a huge parking lot, plenty of space. I didn’t have trouble at all—but it was a Wednesday, I can’t speak for the weekend.

Did this trip in August. Absolutely loved it! Beautiful scenery! First backpacking experience. Camped midway which was fun and hiked to peak next day. The altitude was a new challenge, but not too hard. A wonderful getaway!

Did it on 11/19/18. We were planning to clockwise. Started from Manker around 10 to 10:30, then through paved wide drive road reach the split of badly bowl and fall road?. we took badly bowl. steep at beginning, slower in the middle, reach ski hub, then easier ascent. before summit, there are two strenuous ascending. On first one, the trail became really steep (>45%), with multiple possible ways, with dirt or loose graves ground. Then we were thinking it was almost summit, but one hiker told us it would take another 30-40 minutes before summit and suggested devil's backbone is a more dangerous down way. Right before summit, it was about 30 minutes 30% ascending. We arrived summit at 2pm. Since we knew sundown time was 5pm, devil's backbone is a much longer trail, our phone was out of battery, and it was our first time, we took the advise deciding coming down from badly bowl. My knees got killed. Slipping a few times per person. Yesterday was cloudy. when sun downed at 4:30, we reached the split. At 5pm, we backed to Manker flat parking lot.

Don't know how dangerous down from devil's backbone. But, down from badly bowl is asking for hammering on your knees.

Did it on 11/17/18 very nice weather just a bit chilly at times .

35 degrees at the summit. The Devil’s Backbone was the easier trail coming down.

Nice well marked trail. Uphill most of the way, but do able. Only 3 people on bikes passed us and we were on the trail from 10 am-2pm. We went in November so it was cool. But you travel in and out of the sun. Lots of beautiful trees, pine cones and a few nice rock croppings if you go up far enough. Would totally do this trail again. Adventure pass required.

hiking
30 days ago

Did this hike with some friends and my two dogs. A very challenging hike, pushed my limits. The weather was cold and windy at the summit. I'll do this hike again.

Spectacular views. Can be hard for folks who take time in adjusting to altitude low pressure at 10k ft

Terrific challenge really pushed myself starting at 6:25, made the summit 7:55am
Breathtakingly views!

Do It People One Of The Best Hiking Trails

Fun, but hard! Don’t under estimate. From the peak you can see from the Mojave to the pacific. We could also see Catalina island, and even past Catalina island - to San Clemente island. STUNNING!

1 = Access
2 = What to wear
3 = The hike itself

1. The trailhead does NOT start from either of the parking lots. You have to walk through the area with the picnic tables at the far end of the large parking lot, and then across the road you'll the relatively nondescript trailhead. Just download the map and follow your dot directly to the trailhead, you'll think it's off but it'll take you there.

2. Easy, highly exposed first few miles, then a solid 1-1.5 miles uphill. They aren't switchbacks, and it's very loose gravel and sand, so go with good shoes. You would be fine in tennis shoes, but a lightweight pair of hiking boots would make the last stretch nicer. Also, WEAR PANTS. There is lots of sharper foliage and you will be glad you wore pants.

3. The overall hike has some very nice viewpoints and overall varied and interesting terrain. There are alot of false peaks so if you reach a vista and think its the top, look for the steel box and to see if there's a clear continuation of the trail. As people note, it probably is a little longer than 6.8 miles, but 2 hours up and 1 hour down is a reasonable estimate if you're moving steadily, not including time you spend chilling on the peak itself. Bring water if you're going in the summer because it will get hot!

Happy trails!

hiking
1 month ago

Loved the hike! Easy trail up to Mt. Pinos from Nordic Base. We added the 3-2-1 Challenge to our hike and included Sawmill Mountain & Grouse Mountain so it was more of a moderate/hard hike. Beautiful trail past Mt. Pinos. They could use some trail markers as it is easy to get off trail. We had downloaded the gpx map to my watch so we didn't get lost. I'd do this one again. Loved it!

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