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The trail is back open as of August 15. Check with the Mill Creek Ranger station to confirm that it has not been closed again, but the fire has been contained more and it has been considered safe to use this trail. We hiked it on August 17 and had to hurry down from the peak due to a thunderstorm that was coming in. Overall, this is a great hike. The trail is a little rocky and eroded in spots, but definitely worth doing.

Great views from Ontario peak. There was a decent amount of smoke from the fires

i was skeptical at the beginning that I could make it to the top since it was my first time hiking long distance. but I made it. I was so happy. the view was awesome and the weather up there is always cool in the summer.

Gorgeous views, nice trail, fairly gentle elevation gain overall, challenging though not crushing. Not on a level with Sierra passes, but great training for it, especially if you bring your pack. Get to the parking lot early, it was full by sunrise (slightly after 6:00am), though it was Saturday. Happy hiking!

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Wish I could take my pups

This is a very unique and rewarding hike! We started at 7am sharp from the parking area just above Manaker Flats campground. The trail was pretty quiet being on a Thursday. After 3 hours and 15 minutes, we reached the summit. On the way up, we took the service road to the top of the chair lift and followed Devils Backbone Trail to the summit. Our descent was via the Baldy Bowl Trail, which was very steep and included many areas of loose sand and gravel. The terrain and surroundings are very unique and I would definitely recommend this hike to any experienced hiker!
Ascent: 3 hours 15 minutes via Devils Backbone
Descent: 2 hours and 30 minutes

excellent backpacking hike!

love this place. Good amount of people but still feels like the wilderness. Be sure to bring at least 3 liters of water. This trail can be deceiving. The view from the top makes it wwwweeeellllll worth it though

hiking
4 days ago

Great two day trip. I hiked from Horseshoe meadows to the cottonwood lakes. Lake #3 in my opinion is the best place for camp. Beautiful view, high ground to stay dry and shade. Friday morning I started at 7am reaching the summit at 10:30am. I then hiked back to horseshoe meadows arriving at 3pm. Great hike! Old Army pass is the way to go for this summit. Cheers

Amazing hike! Like the others - it was definitely tough (made harder by hauling up a pack) and totally worth it. You really get the bang for your buck on this hike - every part is beautiful. We started later than we had initially wanted (4pm) and got to the summit in 3.5 hours. Since we came that late in the day there was plenty of parking in the lot.

There is a stream a couple miles in that comes right out of the side of the mountain that many folks filled their water at - had I known I would have carried less water the first couple miles and filled up there to make better time (I think it's about 2 miles in?). When we got to the summit there were about 10 other tents scattered around. We were still able to get a spectacular spot overlooking the valley and although we were camped among a bunch of other folks, it still felt pretty remote. I would definitely do this hike again. I don't normally hike with trekking poles (I wear patellar supports), but am considering purchasing some as the downhill was a bit intense with a pack.

This hike is definitely intense. Hiked up on baldy trail and back down on devils backbone. Going up is tough is 4000 ft of just straight elevation imagine stair master x10. When you hit the green cabin (there is a little outhouse) you’re about halfway. It’s gets harder after this. The summit is really cool. Great view. Down devils backbone is VERY narrow be extra careful but it’s totally doable. I think this is the best way down opposed to baldy trail its not as intense. Long but not as intense. Plus there is the Mt baldy lodge where you can relax possibly take the ski lift back down if you wish.

Tips: bring at least 2 liters of water. Must wear hiking shoes. Trekking poles are very helpful.

Fun hike.... Holy Fire was really affecting the air quaility, made it a little bit harder.... last mile is killer. Met an awesome group of hikers at the summit as well

Didn’t notice any smoke today. Seems to be one of the few places unaffected by the fires.

Hiked this yesterday. Very low traffic, which was nice. Hazy at the top, got some weather for a few minutes. You can see smoke, but didn't interfere with the hike. It was a great day in the 70's, cooler at the top.

Great hike for training. Doing Mt. Whitney in a couple of weeks and the consistent above 8K ft. helps.

Can anyone comment on the smoke at the top? I did Bighorn on Wednesday and the conditions weren't the best.

hiking
12 days ago

Hiked to Bighorn on Aug. 9th. Scenic and quiet. I saw deer, and a rattlesnake. Neat! Just FYI, the smoke from nearby wildfires is affecting this area. Baldy Village was smoky in the morning but when I got up to the saddle, the air quality seemed great. At that point, I decided to continue on to Bighorn. I didn't encounter smoke until I was almost to the peak. As the day progressed, the smoke from started to roll in fast. Air quality was not the best.

love it up here. be advised, 2 bear sightings a mile apart. 8-5-2018. 10:30pm Mt baldy Rd. first was at the Mt baldy rest area.


August 8, 2018

wish I could post a picture. looks horrible. the lake Elsinore area fire has peaks covered in smoke. check out 10064ft.com cam footage.

Awesome hike! Started at sunrise to beat some of the heat. The parking lot was already 3/4th full. Get there early! Loved the trail and the sound of the wind through the trees. I recommend Trekking Poles especially for parts going down hill. Parts are rocky and have some loose gravel. If you are steady on your feet you will be fine. Take lots of water and suncreen. Awesome views at the top! I will hike this again!

Good tough hike, just make sure to bring poles. Most importantly, save your water for your way down, the temperature at the summit is much cooler and shaded compared to below Icehouse Saddle.

Beautiful views and a fun day hike. I used this hike to train and test gear for an upcoming trip to Mt Langley. It was a good moderate hike. Nothing crazy. I will go back but next time I’ll approach from Idyllwild and skip the tram. Once was enough for me. Cheers

Trail is closed indefinitely due to a fire in the area. Also the road up to the trailhead is very rocky like off roading, beware if you don’t drive an SUV. Get there early as parking is extremely limited.

Haven’t actually hiked it, just wanted others to know as it’s not posted anywhere!

Very challenging, I felt it was harder than Baldy, but it could have just been my mood that day. Dont forget your hiking poles for this be one and expect a full day. Start early as usual, but generally low traffic as compared to Baldy.

Great place to start if you are camping in one of the spots nearby. You should start as early as possible and be prepared for some serious elevation gain. The top is pretty crowded so you may have to spend a good amount of time at the top.

I loved this hike. I do some pretty brutal hikes this one is a good one! I will be going again. I suggest a good amout of fluids to keep hydrated and sunblock. I did go on a very warm day but the temps up there were significantly lower than down at the ground level and the breeze through the mountains was perfect!

What an amazing, day. We completed and hiked Mt. Baldy’s Icehouse Canyon to ‘Cucamonga Peak’ at 8859ft in 6hrs. I love hiking with my friends. Let’s hike another, one. This was an amazing up coming Bday, with a hike. Now, Let’s eat... ❤️

hiking
18 days ago

Hiked to Bighorn and Ontario on a Thursday, and it was pretty quiet -- only saw 5 other people on the trail from the saddle, and only 2 people that were heading for Ontario. But this trail is NOT 12.1 miles -- it is at least 2 miles longer if you hit both peaks. Although I did not record a track, I logged over 41,000 steps from the parking lot -- that's NOT a 12.1 mile hike. Check the recorded tracks below for both peaks, and you'll see a number that are over 14 miles. My best guess is that doing both peaks is a 14.2 mile RT hike -- 3.6 miles to the saddle, 2.8 miles to Ontario Peak, and .7 miles to Bighorn from the ridgetop junction. Roundtrip that and you have a 14.2 mile hike.

A challenging and rewarding trail.

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