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We have hiked this trail many times and loved it every time. Unfortunately the Woolsley Fire burned the trail.

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.

Love this hike, it’s a great challenge, has some seriously beautiful lookouts and is typically a low crowd. The rock is really cool and it takes a Little Rock scrambling but very doable. Hiking boots recommended. Bring water and keep track of trail bc it’s not clearly marked in some spots.

Nice easy hike on a quiet Sunday. Great if you like a little bit of history (see the ruins) and small waterfalls.

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3 days ago

Moderate climb to a steady hike. Quite busy. Go early!

35 degrees at the summit. The Devil’s Backbone was the easier trail coming down.

Beautiful hike!

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7 days ago

Did this hike with some friends and my two dogs. A very challenging hike, pushed my limits. The weather was cold and windy at the summit. I'll do this hike again.

Terrific challenge really pushed myself starting at 6:25, made the summit 7:55am
Breathtakingly views!

Do It People One Of The Best Hiking Trails

Fun, but hard! Don’t under estimate. From the peak you can see from the Mojave to the pacific. We could also see Catalina island, and even past Catalina island - to San Clemente island. STUNNING!

We do this hike often...we take the main Burma Trail Road and offskirt on the many different trails along the way to give ourselves a different hike each time...they all lead back to the main path at some point or another. We end at Portuguese Bend and turn around and it ends up being about 5 miles more or less. Really great workout with a lot of ups and downs. Dog-friendly although you will come across horses on this trail so make sure your pup is okay with that. Not much shade at all so bring a lot of water! Really gorgeous views. We love coming here in the springtime when the wild flowers are CRAZY beautiful! If you go in the summer, go early as it gets really warm. Check El Cerro Park for parking first, otherwise you’ll have to find a spot on the road. There are portajohns within the first quarter mile or so.

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11 days ago

Great hike, but you may have to swim a small section to get to the tide pools. We will def come back with swim suits so we can get across to the tide pools next time.

nice hike it has couple small waterfalls, around 1 miles is uphill and the rest is easy

Great hike on the main trail into Sandstone Peak- gradual ascent, some minor scrambling, not too many rocks. Wonderful views across to Channel Islands from Sandstone, but a lot of scrambling and sharp rocks to get there- great for the experience, but not something to repeat often.

This is great training hike for those wanting to do bigger peaks. SoCal has several extreme hikes that reach the tallest summits that are way more demanding. So this is a great hike to dial your gear and strategy for success.

It was a scenic walk with clear views of Catalina island and a calm ocean. I took the Paint Brush trail section and found a “Trail closed” sign about halfway through it. I only had about a third of a mile to go to connect to the next trail so I took a chance and proceeded since the trail looked well used even though it was closed. Luckily I brought a walking pole that was helpful to get down the steep parts with loose shale rocks. The pole also came handy going down the steep part before the rocky beach. The trail has you walk next to Palos Verdes Dr where the road is hilly and wavy due to the unstable ground. It was interesting to see cracks and holes in the ground due to the earth slowly sliding into the ocean. I took a nice break on the beach before heading back up. My tracking device said it was 3.4 mi down to the bottom and took 1.5 hrs. It took about 1:45 to go walk back to my car at the top of Crenshaw.

Really nice, low traffic trail with a rewarding view up top. I hiked this in the end of October and was literally the only person. Signage is a little confusing so keep a close eye on the app. Also, over 25% of the hike is on paved asphalt which I'm not really a fan of. The remnants of the burnt up post at the top is interesting, a lot of molten glass and stuff. If you've done all the well-known San Gabriel hikes, this is a great one to do next!

Moderate hike with rewarding 360 views. Very cool caves to take a nap and or meditate. Read signs when parking, the locals will guide you via signs. I will be back, no dogs allowed is the only bummer but understood.

New to Southern California and couldn't seem to find a hike comparable to those in Oregon. However, this trail changed everything. I did the whole loop and took the detour out to Tri peaks (which i'd highly recommend). The trail is diverse and has the most amazing views almost the entire time. Loved every second of this trail and I'd HIGHLY recommend it to anyone looking to get out on a good hike.

Enjoy this hiking 10/27/18 was moderated to heavy, the weather was nice, a lot of people hiking, start going up as soon as we hit the trail. Love it planning on going back soon

Question....after doing this hike yesterday, our Garmin GPS logged it at 11.2 miles, not 9.2. Does anyone know what the correct mileage is for the loop? Thanks!

I loved it! Very calm a relaxing!!

We started this hike a bit too late in the day so we ended up only doing portion of what we expected to. The scenery here was amazing the best I have seen in California so far however I have only been here a very short time. The beginning of the hike was on a wide trail for horses and potentially even vehicles so although the scenery was amazing there the trail was uneventful. But as we continued the trail God very interesting and at one point we had an area where the trail was closed but we decided to take a shot at it. That section was very steep and not very solid so a bit slippery going down. On the return part of the trip we cut across on a wide trail as well where there were mountain bikers and it was great scenery but not very adventurous of the trail. Overall this was a great hike however next time I would stick to the trail provided by all trails instead of modifying it for my time constraints. But again the scenery was amazing. Great trail to go with a dog.

Did the loop counterclockwise, going up past the ski hut, and then on to the summit. Back down via Devil’s Backbone, I skipped the ski lift ride down because I didn’t want to cheat, but I would definitely opt to ride the lift down next time because it circumvents the most uninteresting part of the hike. Weather was chilly in the morning, light wind on the summit, got pretty warm on the way down. Dress in layers, it’s essential here.

I definitely think counterclockwise is the way to do Mt. Baldy, it’s absolutely phenomenal going up and around the Baldy Bowl. Every inch of it is breathtaking. It’s quite steep, but I think any fit person could do this hike with a little bit of training. The trail can be tricky to follow after you leave the ski hut, just stay focused and reference the GPS on this app when needed. Traversing the infamous Devil’s Backbone was very scenic and slightly terrifying. Numerous hikers have died on this section in the winter and it’s easy to see why. With zero snow on the trail, like today, the risk factor was marginal. Check conditions with the ranger station, and don’t attempt it if there’s snow, unless you have mountaineering equipment and you know what the hell you’re doing!

Left the car at 8:10a, got to the ski hut 9:45a, summit at 11:15a, back at the car 2:15p. I carried 3 liters of water, probably could’ve gotten by with less. There’s several streams and water sources along the Baldy Bowl side of the hike if you want to collect and filter.

This hike is absolutely incredible, I loved every mile of it and would definitely do it again.

Loved every step of this hike! Gorgeous views.

Very accessible, but not overwhelmingly great. Didn't feel like I was very removed from LA. Residential area and decent amount of people for a Tuesday afternoon.

A nice and easy trail to a beautiful beach

Excellent hiking day

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