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Good hike. Was iced over before the saddle, so I decided to turn back & stay the night at Cedar Glen camp since it was later in the day. Had a great view from the top spot at the camp.

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Amazing hike ! Lots of snow , bring micro spikes and poles .

Phone read 7.34 miles in 2 hours 3 min with 2084 ft of elevation gain. First 2.75 miles are a gradual consistent incline. Last mile to the top is a quasi scramble. Hung out at the top for 10 minutes to sign the book. No shade whole way up. Views of downtown, Catalina, and snowy peaks.

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.

I just hiked this on 9th December 2018. Lots of spaces in the lot, I arrived at 6:15 am. Beautiful hike! Definitely harder in knee deep snow past the saddle. Micro spikes and trekking poles were very helpful as some parts were ice. Beautiful view! It took about 4.5 hours up! Check out my insta pics of it! ig: @yvonne_rebecca

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

We hiked on Sunday, 12/2. So fun! Lots of snow. Pretty cold too, bring your mittens. Looking forward to hiking this one in the springtime.

hiking
13 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)

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.

Creds: AllTrails Pro. ‘Pro’ worth $30 a year to never worry about getting lost - lots of opportunity . 14.5 mi hike per ‘AllTrails’. I-Phone 8 - 15 mi. My friends Iphone6 - 16 mi. This was an 8 hr hike given the significant altitude gain 4,646’.

Parked and departed 1 Dec 2018 Saturday 8am at Chantry Flats. Have annual Adventure Pass for $29 from REI that provides access to all southern Ca National Parks.

Went counter clockwise. Trails well maintained. Creek and Sturtevant Falls flowing due to rain 2 days ago and trails not muddy. 90% shaded from beautiful canopy of Bay Laurels, Oaks, pine trees. Hot bowl of chili and coffee at Cosmic Cafe (now closed for season) at Mt Wilson half way point . Entire hike on beautiful trails . Beer garden at bottom end of hike at “Adams Packing Station” great way to celebrate accomplishment.

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.

great hike went on 11/24/18 last two miles ice and snow don't forget your micro spikes

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.

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21 days ago

What a treat! Did this with my son in late March 2018. There was a little snow on the ground in the lower forest areas, but the trail was clear at the top, and the views were stunning.

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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This was my first real day hike. Had to do it twice before summiting. It’s no joke. This hike will test your resolve.

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.

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful views! Hiked to little Jimmys and hung some hammocks up. Trail is well kept, narrow incline, and unshaded throughout most of the way. Great work out and well worth it!

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!

hiking
23 days ago

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.

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.

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!!!

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