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very steep but rewarding.

10/15/2016 -Ross Mountain (7402 ft / 2256 m).
From Vincent Gap (6,593’) up to Baden-Powell (9,399’), Down to Ross, then back up 2300’ to Baden, & finally down to parking lot to ice cold brewskies.
Okie & myself we’re the only party on Ross. This is when we first met Michael & Scouty which we have had many hiking adventures since then.

Distance: 15 miles round trip on trail and cross-country.
Elevation Gain: 5400' total, 3100' out plus 2200' on return.
Time: 7-10 hours round trip.
Rating: Class 1, very strenuous.

hiking
16 hours ago

Nice hike. Pretty much all up hill on the way there. Once you make it to the top, coming down is easy. There was a rattle snake curled up on the side of the trail.
Great views from the peaks of the rocks.

hiking
2 days ago

Great views and it helped having trees for shade when we needed it. We got up partial way in our car and hiked the rest. Volunteer rangers at the top were really friendly and loved talking about the terrain. I highly recommend this hike.

hiking
2 days ago

The trail was amazing and so much fun but definitely not 8 miles - I tracked 9.7. I decided to take my pitbull and was smart enough to bring more than enough water for both of us. But had I known it was about 10 miles, I wouldn’t have brought him along. If you decide to bring your dog, please bring enough water! I ended up drinking nearly two liters while he drank almost four liters. Still an amazing hike and would definitely do it again!

***Do not follow Google Maps...input Frenchman’s Flat Campground to GPS and start from there***

Best hike I’ve done around LA! Park at Frenchmen’s Flat Campground and walk along paved road to trailhead. Paved road runs along Piru Creek where you can do some trout fishing. Steady climb from trailhead to peak. First half is unspectacular, but once you hit 2,000 feet the surroundings are awesome-amazing views of layered mountains on one side and Pyramid Lake on the other. Temperature cools significantly as you climb higher. There is an awesome fire lookout at the peak-go up on the roof for an amazing 360 view...felt like I was in a National Park. There’s also free bottled water at the fire lookout. Round trip this hike is about 10 miles-I was very tired afterward. I hiked this trail beginning 3:30 pm on a Saturday and was the only one on the trail. Interstate 5 is visible but not audible for most of the trail.

Went in August so there wasn't many people out there. (Saw 2 breaking camp as I arrived). Trail maintenance has been out there recently, only two downed trees that need to be climbed over. Looks like the trail has been used by animals mostly. (lots of prints and scat). Overall it was a good hike, some nice views (A lot of burnt trees still from the Station fire). Don't know how this trail is rated moderate, the climb out is difficult. Dreaded hill loop in Whiting Ranch gets a hard rating and has 500ft less in elevation gain and is a shorter trail.

hiking
8 days ago

Decent hike with a small waterfall. It’s usually filled with younger people there chilling. I would say the easier route is when you see the bridge don’t go on it. Rather before taking a right to the bridge go left on the other trail. It’s faster. It does have a steep trail at the end but overall fast. If you cross the bridge you will have to get wet and it will take longer.

overgrown and unmaintained, would recommend having the city maintain the trail a bit, this little canyon can get sketchy

hiking
10 days ago

it's not a very long hike like every one stated but when you need to go down to get to the falls its very scary. very slippery and big rocks all around. I had a very hard time coming back up, not physically, mentally I probably wont go back because the place was nice but not worth my height freight. younger crowd uses this place for a drinking and party zone just fyi. it was alright. and you dont need a all wheel drive to get to it, it's not that serious. lol

Good hike given the proximity to LA.

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike. The difficulty rating comes from the fact that you're climbing and descending 3 times and the last mile or so up twin peaks is pretty steep. At this point the trail is pretty loose/sandy/gravelly. I lost the trail for a bit on the way up, but there were cairns (rock stacks) to guide me. Much easier to follow on the way down. It took me about 6.5 hrs including a few longer breaks for lunch and enjoying the views (an awesome amount of great views). Overall the trail is probably 75% shaded which was great!

A nice hike with family. Had fun climbing on the rocks!

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!

Such a unique place. Challenging but fun hike, we went late morning. It was about 101 when we set out and before we hit the half way point we turned around because of the temps. Back at the car it was 107 and even though we had plenty of water, there were parts of the trail without any shade and we were starting to overheat. Aside from that we really enjoyed this spot and will make a return trip very soon and head out early for sunrise. The mountains and rock formations are amazing here and you’ll have plenty of photo ops in the canyons. Pack out what you pack in... dirt road is a bear coming down Painted Canyon Rd. Be ready for some major vibrations for about 5 miles of unpaved road. Best done in a truck, your pretty luxury car will cry coming here.

best mountain ever

15 days ago

You need all wheel drive for the dirt roads OR park and hike on to trail head.

Beautiful view once you get to the top!

off road driving
16 days ago

Super easy trail. Don’t even need 4wd. Just a standard truck with decent ground clearance can make it through if you keep the momentum going on the longer rocky parts.

no waterfall, no water at all right now. July 24 2018. A very overgrown trail, wear pants and good hiking shoes, sunscreen. The hike involved climbing rocks while slipping around. I will be back when there is water.

hiking
17 days ago

It took me 4.5 hours to make it to the top of Mt. Baldy and 3.5 to make it back down to the Visitor Center (where I parked). I left my car around 5 am. Don't forget your Adventure Pass. Finding the trailhead in the dark was difficult. My all trails app wasn't working without signal for some reason. I thought I'm supposed to be able to view the map without service? Anyway, I followed Bear Canyon Rd. (paved) up past all of the homes and finally found the trailhead. Just FYI, it's about half a mile up the road. Starting out, the weather was very pleasant. I didn't have to worry about the heat on the way up. The views are magnificent, especially while the moon is still out and the sun is just starting to rise. The weather at the top was very comfortable. I didn't have to whip out a long sleeve or my hat and gloves. I used this hike to train for Mt. Whitney. If Mt Whitney is similar to this hike, I'm in good shape! I thought it was tough but not so much that I ever questioned my abilities or even desire to hike it in the first place. At times, I was hiking on the balls of my feet, so it's pretty steep in sections. I definitely recommend hiking poles for the way down.

first time and had a wonderful time.. going back again soon.

hiking
18 days ago

Drinking, chanting and anxious cliff jumping... what can go wrong?

Really, the spot was beautiful and the hike was nice. The road was rough as you get closer and the last little bit of the hike was a bit of a struggle down to the swimming hole. It would no doubt be a 5 star hike in my book except it is a party spot of sorts. I did this hike with my family on a Sunday afternoon in July. Maybe midweek or early morning would have less people.

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.

no wilderness permit required..I ck at ranger station before heading up..just the pass for the car..6.5 hrs total

off road driving
18 days ago

Very easy trail with nice views. 4wd not necessary.

walking
19 days ago

This is not so much a hike as (1) an easy walk, to (2) a super steep and slippery descent, to the ponds. It was really busy on the Saturday afternoon we visited which gave a fun atmosphere (though not the commune with nature vibe I’d usually go for in an actual hike). Cliff jumped a bunch of times into the pool - fun! - then scrambled back out.

Great little training hike with a steady incline. Very rocky the majority of the time so wear appropriate shoes. A vehicle with nominal clearance can make it to the trailhead or add a mile to your hike and park at the road. The actual summit doesn't have a panoramic view but if you head toward the rocks (toward San Gorgonio) theres some sweet look out points. Added a waypoint to my track for a good lookout fort in the rocks.

this hike was tougher than i thought, i even knew while doing it but pushes to summit of Ross, its actually easier going back up Baden-Powell than down the ridge to ross, all scree much more slippery downward but no cliffside exposure so it safe from long falls, it was hell on my feet going down u need to be relatively tough to complete this don't underestimate the difficulty of this hike.

its beautiful a hike i will do again to see where i am physically going forward. u get great views of Baldy and the san antonio ridge, if u going to go Pine mt to baldy or Iron mt to baldy this is a good warm up for that and gives u great views of those routes as well. i really enjoyed this hike i paid for it but the price is well worth any sacrifice.

saw no one after baden powell and was a few days on the registry since, this is a remote route be advised of lack of accessibility let people know where u r. trail is clear difficult to get lost but terrain is harsh easy to twist and ankle fall bang a knee. Would suggest trekking poles and ample supplies plan well.

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.

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