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6 days ago

Honestly it was a really great hike I went on Sunday and there was a light traffic of people, however it was still extremely enjoyable. I’ll admit I actually got off the path a few times, so I had to use this apps map to help me get back on course. Going down to the actual palm trees was a challenge, but it was worth it. There are many beautiful scenarios along the way so I recommend doing this hike.

Snowy but passable for this visiting Wisconsinite. Nice summit views. Warm temps. I only needed a light jacket and headband. I started the route by passing through the ski area and finishing with Baldy Bowl. I only saw three other hikers before summiting. on the way down, I passed many hikers going the other way, easily numbering 50 or more. By the time I finished at 1pm, the parking lot was a mass of humanity, completely full with cars of hikers and skiers.

The trail was almost entirely snow covered but mostly packed down and easy to follow until close to the very top, when the footprints diverged and several paths led straight up to the ridge. Traversing the steep and snowy ridge from there up to the summit was a little sketchy—I probably should have had an ice axe but made do without one. Microspikes and trekking poles were enough. Managed to find a tiny dry spot under a tree on the other side of the summit to set up my tent with a beautiful view of Baldy. Cold and windy, but very beautiful!

First winter hike on this trail. Snowed all day long. I like snow covered Mt. Baldy than dry/hot summer hike. Weather is mild even in January here but still need to drive carefully to the trail head when it snows.

mostly snow covered trail as of 1/11...with snow in forecast. great hike, had a blast as this was my first hike in snow of this much

hiking
15 days ago

A lovely hike but very steep small section to get into the oasis. We returned via the Mastadon loop, and there were lovely flowers and many hummingbirds. However the very end to rerun to Cottonwood Springs parking is confusing as the area was closed after flooding.

Great walk, lots of variety, ups and downs. It;s a bit of a clamber down the canyon at the end, but not too bad. We took our 7 and 9 yo and did the whole thing in about 4 hours. Definitely worth the hike. Views of the salton see on the way

Started the hiking going up the Baldy bowl trail. Good amounts of snow once you get to the ski hut. Micro spikes and trekking poles helped a lot and were necessary for me in most of the snow and icy sections but there were some hikers who didn’t have spikes and or poles. I think if you had crampons they’re fine but might have been over kill. Reached the summit and then decided to do devils backbone on the way down. Not for the front hearted but definitely worth it. It says 9 miles or something but my strava got me at 12 miles. This is my second hike and I loved it. Can’t wait to do it again.

Hiked this trail about a week ago and it was a killer workout. There is still a ton of snow when you get towards the top and it was really difficult to stick to a trail because it disappeared and there were footprints going every direction. Definitely recommend the spikes for your shoes and hiking poles.

We did this on 12/27, so some info for those looking for details on conditions, etc.

We went to the Ski Hut and then went straight up a chute as opposed to staying on the trail. There’s barely enough snow to do this, so be advised. Crampons, poles, and axe are recommended. I don’t think you’d need an axe if not climbing this part and instead stuck to the trail.

We then hit the summit and took Devil’s Backbone down. Again, crampons and poles recommended.

There’s decent snow/ice above 8500’ in most places.

The rest of it is pretty easy. I’d recommend hitting the ski area on the way down, grabbing a beer, and having a drink on the lift down to skip about a mile of pretty unrewarding terrain down (we did!).

Enjoy!

hiking
25 days ago

My favorite hike in JTNP! A wide variety of terrain, sweeping views, periodic animal sightings, and a huge diversity of plant life, including some unexpected desert blooms even though it's winter! At the end point we hiked down into the oasis. Based on a tip from hikers coming back out of the oasis, we did not descend at the Lost Palms Canyon sign. They said it was steep and gravelly and you could get better footing by descending further to the right, walk up the oasis, then ascend via the Lost Palms Canyon path. We followed their advice and it was a good tip. There is no signage or markers if you descend further to the right but people have placed cairns along the way to guide you. Having been into the oasis canyon once, I don't think I'd bother again. For me it was anticlimactic and I preferred the view from above. I plan to hike the entire trail again in the future, just probably won't descend into the canyon from now on.

Just a little over 15 miles of trail take the right hiking gear with you. Lots of camping spots but you’ll need a permit. Pretty views and scenery.

Amazing hike, we did it through devil’s backbone out and back. Definitely recommend crampons over microspikes! The snow coverage makes it much more spectacular and scenic. Only used up about 2L of water since the conditions were cool. Poles are needed towards the last stretch to the summit, but didn’t require a snow axe. Took us 8 hours total with a few breaks here and there. Take warm accessories if you’re doing this in the winter such as gloves/ski mask; as it gets pretty windy at the top!

hiking
30 days ago

The road is open again, as of 12-19-18.
Very nice hike. Lovely vistas the whole way to the oasis.

Plenty of snow/ice as of December 15, 2018-recommend crampons/poles. Snow is almost knee deep toward the peak...I made it without any extra gear, but the final portion of the climb was challenging. Trail can be followed fairly easily. Awesome views throughout the hike and especially at the summit. Need an Adventure Pass to park in the lot at Vincent Gap.

Yes, the road to the parking lot is still washed out, but we really enjoyed this trail, beginning from the Cottonwood Campground and starting with the upper half of the Mastodon Loop trail. Our hike was 10 miles, 4.5 hours with a lunch break at the bottom of the oasis (you have to go down into the oasis if you can do it). The was some water in the oasis, maybe due to a bit of rain last week. The weather has been cool so we only saw a few lizards on our way back but also saw a fox and a jack rabbit closer to the campground area.

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.

Favorite hike in southern CA so far

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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.

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

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!

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

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!

hiking
1 month ago

11/21/18 This was our first hike as a couple! The road that leads into the trail is still closed. The rangers were very helpful in helping us navigate to the start of the trail. We made a few wrong turns but we were able to navigate back on the trail. The app is so helpful! Our entire hike ended up being 11 miles (lol) and took 5.25 hours. The oasis at the end did not have any water but some palm trees at the bottom of the canyon. Very cool view. Weather was perfect with a nice breeze which was welcome. If you want to save yourself a couple miles I’d suggest driving up to the camping area where there is parking near the group sites and entrance to the trail. We would definitely do this next time.

hiking
1 month 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 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.

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