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Great hike. Lots of snow. Make sure you at least have micro spikes as the snow turns into ice. We did not come down the DBB as few hikers warned us about it. We came down thru the ice house the same way we went up.

Favorite hike in southern CA so far

GOOD view! Warning: There is snow very, very early into the trail; trekking poles or a good set of spikes for traction. I did not prepare for the snow and went in tights and a t-shirt. There wasn't a lot of people; I arrived at 7:00 am and the parking lot was still half empty. Took almost 5 hours to complete the entire thing.

Highly recommend for beginners who have a few easy mountains under their belt.

What a hike!! Got to the trail at 6:30 on Sat Dec 1st, parking lot less then a 1/4 full... No snow the first 1/4 way up, after that the trail is full of ice and snow, sometimes as much as a couple feet deep as your getting closer to the top... My $30 micro spikes made a huge difference. I saw people turn around, but I also saw people make it just wearing hiking shoes... Summer is gone, it’s winter up there now, and only going to get more snow and colder, be prepared.. Bring your layers, head gear, hiking poles, gloves, a good pair of winter hiking boots, and definitely your spikes.. Check the weather before you go, it can change quickly and turn a great day into a dangerous one.. Plan extra
Time, the snow and ice will slow you down, always bring a light in case it takes you longer and starts
To get dark... It took me 9 hours to complete, I am an older guy but in shape, I’m sure you youngsters can do it faster, just bring your winter gear to be prepared.. Overall what a great day, the snow, the clean air, doesn’t get much better...

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.

This hike was perfect for an overnight trip. We started around 9am on Saturday and got to Lone Pine camp around 1:30. After resting for a little while we headed up to San Bernardino around 2:30 and got to the top a little after 4. The views were unbelievable with cloud cover at about 5,000 ft it looked like a blanket over the valley with picture perfect views of San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Big Bear Lake, and Baldy a little further out.. There are a few ice patches before Lone pine but after the camp it is mostly crampon or micro spikes required. If you’re camping or need water the creek up about a quarter mile above lone pine is still flowing pretty strong. It is iced over by the trail but if you go up about 30ft you can access the water. The hike was pretty warm during the day but at night it got down to about 35 degrees. Worth the steep elevation gain and the cold temperatures for sure!

Did this hike to Cucamonga Peak 2-weekends in a row. The first time 11/18. Started at 8am. Lots of people en route to the saddle. Reached the saddle at 10am. And the peak was reached at 1230pm. On the way down the sunset beat us and we walked the last mile in darkness. Reached the car at 5:30pm. Yesterday 11/24. Larger group, 4adults/3middle schoolers and a slower pace. Started at 8am. Lots of people headed up the icehouse canyon. Reached the saddle at 11am. Had some hot chocolate (it was cold) started towards cucamonga peak around 12. Slowly but surely (take your time, and focus on getting there, not how much longer to get there) reached the peak around 3:45pm. Ate some cup-o-noodles (it was really cold and windy, the warm noodles hit the spot) gradually descended at 4:45 but sunset came by too fast and we literally hiked down the peak in darkness. We had headlamps and flashlights. Again, the descent can take a toll on your legs, good leg condition because the hike up to the peak at the last quarter will challenge your legs, and on the way down the last 2miles are full of rocks so by this point your legs will feel wobbly and weak. Although proper hiking boots will make a huge difference in this hike. Your feet will thank you and so will your knees and ankles. We made it to the car at 9:40pm. Hahahah. I loved it. Worth it. Feel the burn. And get some rest. On to the next.
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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.

Great hike as always. No wind, no ice as of today however the temp can be in mid 30s when you start around 6-7am. Warmer at the top!

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!

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Amazing day for this peak! A bighorn sheep ran up the mountain by the saddle and cruised on the trail in front of me for a few minutes. wind was almost non existent at the peak from 10-11am. 12 miles, 6 hours. Definitely one of my new favorites.

I absolutely loved this trail! Not only was the weather perfect, so was the scenery, journey, and people I met along the trail. There wasn’t as many people on the trail as I thought there would be, but I can’t complain!!!

Great scenic trail. All I could ask for in a day hike around this area. A bit crowded on the weekend but ok.

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.

arrival time 7 am Sunday morning. parking lot was already full. had to park up the street on my Baldy St. When you start this hike, immediately the scenery is beautiful. Along a beautiful water stream flowing pretty good, and some old cabin ruins along the path. You by the 2nd mile, it's starts getting a bit more difficult because everything after that is shifting up hill all the way to the summit where it splits into many different trails. We took the Cucamonga peak trail for another 2.5 miles more. A few more switch backs but not as bad. once you get to the top! it's breath taking and beautiful.
tips- go early , bring your hiking issentials, lots of water, food, fruit or candy. Don't rush, you will burn out, go at your paste even if people pass you. it's ok to take as many stops as you want but keep a solid paste.
see you at the next adventure.
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I completed this hike yesterday. It was an awesomely beautiful day with high clouds and a slight breeze. I started around 6:20 AM, summited around 10:30, had an hour lunch up top with a couple celebratory beers, and then was back down to the parking lot by 2:45 PM. About 7.5 hours total hiking time. The trail was relatively uncrowded and I only saw a couple dozen people all day. Timed the summit perfectly as I had it all to myself for several minutes until others arrived. San Jacinto was poking out of the mist but the views were almost unlimited in all directions. Could see Big Bear Lake to the north, Gorgonio nearby, Saddleback in the distance, and the Inland Empire in between.

The trail is very well defined and smooth. Towards the top, the trail gets a little rockier but for the most part, it is pretty smooth. Just steady uphill with a leveling off around Manzanita Flats before it starts climbing again. Nowhere near as steep as Baldy, just a steady if not relentless climb. Highly rewarding to get to the top as you traverse a lot of ground. The snow was all gone with the exception of an icy patch around 9,500 feet beyond the end of a switchback.

All in all, a beautiful hike and one of my favorites to date.

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

Always a great hike. Got there at 6:30am and got the last parking space. Go during the week if you have that option. It was a great day on top, no wind and sunny. Lots and lots of dogs today but they were all well behaved.

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

One of the most beautiful hikes I have been on. It gets challenging at times but it is well worth it.

We hiked this trail on Saturday 11/10 and tracked about 12.3 miles RT. The trail is well marked relatively busy. For me, the altitude and gradient were very doable, but I got pretty tired at about 10 miles. The other hikers were very friendly and were willing to step aside on narrow parts of the trail. The view was a little smoky due to wildfires but the visibility was still decent. The weather is perfect this time of year!! Cool in the morning and at the top, so bring a light jacket. We got a late start at about 9am and had to walk about 8 minutes from our car to the trailhead. It took us 4 hours to summit and a little under 3 to get down. Overall tiring and fun hike! (And of course, stopped at the Buckhorn for nachos and beer on the way back ;-) )

I should have added that I was the first one down. No one passed me. Two of the groups that were at the summit while I was there arrived at the trailhead about 20 minutes after I did. I think it's justified to call this a 9-10 hour hike for the majority of us.
And to clarify a potential issue: the difference between my mileage (17.3) and AllTrails (15.1) is 2.2 miles. That's more than an hour at my pace. So if I had relied on AllTrails numbers and started later, I could have been coming down in the dark.
I understand that it's difficult to accurately measure distance, even with a GPS in hand. But a chronic shortfall in reporting trail distances points to some issue.
Hikes in Patagonia are marked not by distance, but by the amount of time the able bodied elders in the community take to make the hike. That's a very useful metric. Not sure how to make that work here, other than honest reports.

Hiked this on Veterans Day. A heartfelt thanks to all who served.
Beautiful weather. A bit of wind but not as bad as predicted. The top was almost calm.
Definitely a workout. The manzanita plateau might have been my favorite part. Then the flats near John's Meadow marked with an ancient wheelbarrow.
Not too crowded, I only saw about 2 dozen people the whole day. Pretty good for a weekend.
My Garmin marked 17.3 miles roundtrip and TripSummit has it at 16.8 miles. The Garmin was spot on for vertical gain at 4600 ft.
Glad to see the previous reviewer post how long it took. Six hours is realistic in my opinion. It took me 5.5 hours to reach the summit, and 9.5 roundtrip. I passed three groups on the way up and kept pace with another. I assume they were the first to reach the summit that morning as I didn't see anyone on their down. I summited about 11:30 about 10 minutes after the first group. This was after a 6:15 start.
Great hike and I recommend doing it, but unless you are an extremely fit individual who is well acclimated to altitude, plan on a 10 hour trip to make sure you don't have to hike it in the dark if making the summit is important to you. Regardless, even a hike part way up is well worth it.
AllTrails, I (and from the reviews, several others) clock every hike you describe at a greater distance than stated. I feel this could cause someone a significant issue sometime. I paid for this service to help me plan. Inaccurate information doesn't fit well with that purpose.
Time to get up from your computers and get feet on the ground!

Hiked this on Sunday 11/11/18. It was beautiful and not as hard as I expected. What made this beautiful hike difficult was the freezing cold winds.

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

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