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I loved this trail! Bagged my first peak! This trail is best to do in early morning when it’s cool outside. It is hard but it is worth it! On switch back 5 or 6 there is a nice resting bench on the left side of the mountain. I recommend tying your boots pretty tight so your foot doesn’t move around to much. I got blisters on the sides of my feet. Take at least 3 liters of water if you plan to do the full hike to the top and some smart snack. Make sure you have the proper hiking shoes for this! trekking poles are recommended! There is lots of shade on this trail. 42 switch backs total it’s ALL switchbacks! You can do it! One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve done.

Wow! Those views! This trail took me 5.5 hours. It was hard but totally doable. I just took my time. Lots of shade. I highly recommend!

Our favorite peak thus far in the 6 pack challenge. Not as difficult as we thought it would be - up and back 7 hours - including 2 hours at the top. The peak area was amazing -- so many beautiful, peaceful spots to explore. Shout out to our new friend - please join us for more hikes!

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

It was challenging on the way up, especially with all my camera gear but the views are well worth it.

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.

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.

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

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!

Completed Mount Baden Powell Trail. Hiked 8.9 miles in 5 1/2hrs at an elevation of 9,363ft and a grade of 43%. Open your heart to possibilities. I feel so alive..!!

This hike is dedicated to all the people that showed me kindness, compassion, and understanding after all these years. The air is the mind, the fire is the soul, the water is the emotion, and the Earth is the body. Allow the chakra energy to flow through your body to find #balance, #harmony, and #serenity. Make your dreams become a reality.

Fun hike! Bring 3L of water. Food and take trash out with you. Great for building and maintaining durability. Altitude breathing. Not for beginners!

Great choice for trail running. Not crowded at all. I train for ultras on this trail. After summiting San Bernardino peak you can continue on to other peaks nearby as the trail continues east.

Really fun hike. Nothing but switch backs... most aren’t too steep. About a quarter mile from the summit, the Wally Waldron tree sticks precariously off the side of the ridge, one of the oldest trees in the San Gabriel Range. About 30- 40 people there at 10 Am.... whole hike took me 5 hours. There was a 90 year old man at the summit, looking like he could go another 20 miles #goals.

Did this as an overnight. Started at about 5:30 A.M. at Manker flats campground. Took our time going up not rushing. Started with 2 liters of water and brought extra empty bottles to fill up at the ski hut. The stream was flowing very well. From ski hut took 4 1/2 liters to the summit 1 1/2 liters was just for our meals. Wasn’t very windy at the summit until about 7pm

The sunset was SPECTACULAR. Words can not describe it. We saw a family of big horn sheep right by our camp site for an hour or so. Once the sunset the lights from Hesperia and the inland empire are incredible along with super bright stars, planets and the moon being super bright lighting up the camp site. We camped at the summit in between one of the rock wind barriers. It got a little windy through the night but not unbearable.

The next morning packed up around 8 A.M. and got down to the car around 11:30 but spent 45 min at ski hut drinking up water and cooling off by the creek. Super refreshing. Once the sun was up and we got below the ski hit it got hot quick. Bring lots of water if you plan on doing this in the summer along with a hat as there is no shade at the summit and hardly any shade along devils backbone.

We are so sad! We arrived to the trailhead only to find this trail closed due to the fires. There was no indication here on your app that it was closed and based on all the reviews, one being two weeks ago, we wouldn’t have known it was closed. Apparently this whole area was evacuated two weeks ago. At least according to the locals. Don’t drive all the way here! Trail is closed. Check with forest rangers first. $5000.00 fine. I look forward to hiking this peak as soon as it is open again.

The trail is very well signposted and easy to follow. Started about 6am and wasn’t bothered by the heat at all! Managed to see a family of Bighorn Sheep going down the Devils Backbone which was amazing

Hard as hell..5 miles uphill good part downhill way home. Top is very impressive definitely bucket list hike!

Loved this hike. Don’t be.afraid to wear standard Nike free runs or other types of non boot like shoes.

Hike was for sure a tough climb, if you aren’t used to pushing yourself through steep hills and long elevation gains than this is a hike you will have to gain some will power. One step at a time. :)

The view was incredible also, most definitely going back.

Great hike and amazing views. No issues with dogs and plenty of people on the trail. We finished the hike at 9:30am and the parking lot was full so arrive early.

Went today and no sign of loose dogs, also asked a ranger about it and they said they hadn’t heard of any dogs. Hike was quick and steep with switch backs but worth it for the views!

hiking
1 month ago

This hike offers a great desert experience, just know that there are no Joshua Trees in this part of the park. That said, the hike has some beautiful views of the desert as well as an enjoyable (if small) oasis at the end. We did the hike in early June and knowing that the temperatures would easily get to 110+, we aimed to start as early as possible. In the end, we only managed to hit the trail at around 7am but got back to the car comfortably just before noon even with a detour to the Mastodon Mine.
There is a sign posted close to the trail-head, which warns people that hiking out into the desert could be life-threatening this time of the year, and without bringing enough water, that is very true. We carried almost a gallon each and drank most of it by the time we got back, so if you're planning on doing this hike in summer, make sure you are well prepared and start early in the morning - there is no shadow or water anywhere along the trail. The trail itself is fairly level for most part with only a short, steep descent/ascent to/from the canyon with the palms but, in summer, the heat does make this a fairly strenuous endeavor. Overall, I would definitely recommend the hike, just know your limits and don't even think about doing it in summer without bringing lots of water!
As for wildlife, we saw plenty of rabbits, some antelope squirrels, a kingsnake, and a bunch of reptiles.

Almost didn't go because of the potential loose dogs (and couldn't get a call back from the Rangers for any update) but decided it was well-trafficked enough in case anything were to happen, especially on a weekend. I did take my dog and it was a gorgeous hike with lots of shade cover for most of the way. The only dogs we encountered were leashed and well-behaved which is always nice to see. A note if you have any kiddos (or adults or dogs) that get carsick on windy roads: coming from LA, I took the 210 to the 2 to get there but took the 2 to the 138 to the 14 on the return trip to avoid a lot of the super windy drive on the 2.

Ok good !!! Thank You !!!

hiking
1 month ago

I did this hike on Friday, July 13th and fortunately did not encounter any aggressive dogs.

What is the latest with the dog situation? Were they picked up?

The hike is very pretty,i really enjoyed it,but had a horrible experience today going down with a group of hikers bec one solo female hiker told us on the summit that 2 girls were attacked by 2 dogs,on the way down we encountered them,they were pitbulls on the loose,at the lamel spring sign,they were very aggresive didnt back down even seeing theres 6 of us trying to scare them away,instead both dogs charged us and one of us got bitten good thing its not too serious but he had a lot of bite marks,try to stay away from this trail for now or check with the ranger first.

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