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The Angeles National Forest (ANF) is located in the San Gabriel Mountains and Sierra Pelona Mountains, and mostly housed within Los Angeles County in Southern California. The forest offers developed campgrounds, waterfall hikes, picnic areas, and ample opportunities for backpacking, swimming, fishing, skiing and hiking in the solitude of an expansive wilderness area. Trails are shared amongst hikers, equestrians, mountain bikers and off-highway vehicle enthusiasts. An Adventure Pass is needed to access many parts of this recreation area including parking at many hiking trail's trailheads.

hiking
8 hours ago

Great hike for a quick outing. Started off of Hwy 2 at the yellow gate. I hiked past Little Jimmy Trail Camp, visited Little Jimmy Spring, moved up to Windy Gap then to the summit of Mount Islip. Fantastic views from the top. Signed the book and returned the same way. I clocked about 6 miles on this route.

Here is my suggestion for this ass kicker. Park at the bottom of the ski lifts (no adventure pass needed) and head to the trail on the far left of the parking lot. Trek up to the top of the first incline and go left back to Baldy Bowl trail... there is a little tiny sign on your right. Hike up the ski hut and have lunch and then prepare for doom. It’s so steep and challenging and the sun is beating down but you’ll feel so accomplished when you get to the top. Don’t miss your picture with the plaque at the top like we did!! Head down Devils Backbone. The trail is beautiful and scary at times (I’m afraid of heights) but I made it. When you get the ski lift, save your knees and go left. It’s a nice walk down to the notch restaurant. Have dinner. We paid for the Moonlight BBQ dinner in advance online and the food was soooo good. We didn’t stay for the concert, because we were dead.... and taking the lift down after 13 Miles was the best $15 I’ve spent in a long time. My car was right there off the lift and thank god because we could barely walk. Marked this one off the bucket list! But I’d go back to Baldy Notch and do a short hike any day. Great operation, good food and friendly staff. So remember: ass kicker is up Ski Hut and down Devils Backbone. You would need poles to go down ski hut because it’s so steep. Good Luck!!

Nice parking lot with vault toilets, recreation pass required here. For me, three stars is a nice, easy-moderate uphill climb and I would probably do this one again in the fall, but explore farther along the trails to Little Jimmy and beyond. However, there is little shade on this stretch and no water. In June 2018, even starting this hike at 7:00AM proved to be immediately warm. This is a steady, uphill climb with short stretches of steep, particularly in the last 400 meters to the peak of the mountain with broad views on both sides of the mountain from the top. Good trail for fit dogs with only one observed and very small patch of foxtails, but bring plenty of water. At top, find a red soup can protecting a notepad and pen to sign your name and write a message to other hikers.

Well I started at the parking Lot of the ski lift. Took that Turkey shoot trail (brrruuuuutttaallll) and eventually made it to the notch.
I recommend wearing something that supports the Ankles cause its a steep climb up. Devils Backbone was awesome and scary. You come to a part where you're hugging the wall cause the drop off on your left could mean death. So just watch your step.
Its my first hike like this one. So it was brutal. But I would totally go back.
Be safe!!
Bring plenty of water and sunscreen cause it's pretty exposed to the sun.

Amazing views from the summit.

hiking
22 hours ago

Nice trail if you are looking for a fairly gentle hike with nice views. The trail goes just above and behind residential neighborhoods, including passing right by the house where "E.T." was filmed.

Mt. Baldy hiked on Saturday, June 23, 2018, temps projected to be between 50-77° varied by elevation, sunrise: 0539 hours, sunset: 2006 hours, wind: 5 km/h. Start time of hike at approximately 0515 hours, end time approximately 1215 hours, total miles hiked, 10.1. By virtue of moral support and the best of a hiking crew, this hike was unlike any other hike I have done before. The mere presence of support on the trail made this trail very much doable, fun, and forever memorable. We hiked this trail counter clockwise via Manker Flats, and if I may add, a very wise decision! (As a side note, you may have done your research already, but just in case, do not mistaken Maker Flats Campground as the trailhead parking lot, two very different places! Just continue driving up past the campground, you'll see the actual parking lot on your left, that's if you show up early! If you get a late start on a busy day, you may have to park as far down as the campground, along the road.)
The trail is not a gentle nor gradual introduction to incline; it is very much a never ending steep grade, and has few areas to give you flat ground. The first 3 miles are on a service road, the road is paved and then converts to a dirt road, plenty of room! At approximately 3.5 miles, we reached the ski hut, this was a good resting place to nibble on some food as I was oblivious to the a** whooping that I was about to get served with. The rest of the hike was hard; a never ending steep grade that just served me with the mother-of-all a** whoopings as a novice hiker. Reaching the summit felt impossible, but so many people were running up the devil's back bone and up the mountain that leads you to the summit, it was unbelievable! The devil's backbone was not at all as scary as it sounds, but the narrow paths you'll trek shortly after you cross the devil's backbone are very scary! Reaching the summit was an indescribable accomplishment, and reaching it with amazing people can never be forgotten....all-worth-it! The trek downhill is a beast of its own, different terrain and you might slip a few times, trekking poles would be wise!
One foot in front of the other and happy trekking to you.

One of my favorite local hikes

Really liked this trail. Scenic views at the top aren’t as good as other hikes (Cucamonga/Baldy) but still pretty. The trail itself was what made this awesome for me. Easy to follow switchbacks all the way up. I would rate as moderate if you are in decent shape. Good spots for an overnighter about halfway up.

**I did not buy an adventure pass and had no problems**

Great trail! Began hike Saturday at 6:45 a.m. with one other car in the parking area-returned to 7 more cars at 9:15. Still, definitely a lightly traveled trail-saw 4 or 5 other hikers on the path. Not much incline (most of it approaching the falls) so I’d say this is easier than other “moderate” trails. Saw a rabbit and plenty of birds, lizards, bugs, hummingbirds, and tadpoles. Great views of the mountains from the floor of the canyon. Fine for dogs. Nice picnic area about 3/5 of the way to falls. Falls itself is definitely pretty, although not a ton of water in late June.

Short, beautiful, oak-shaded trail to a waterfall. Rated easy, but I would not wear flip flops or take my grandmother on this hike: uneven terrain, some uphill. But if you're somewhat prepared and in shape, well worth doing.

Definitely challenging. Gnats, mosquitos, and poison oak are in full effect. Going up thru Sturtevant is particularly steep in last 2-3 miles to the summit; other side is more gradual. But the entire trail was shaded (at least 80%, minus the summit).

All Trails' directions leads you to the summit (DON'T USE IT). Google Maps to Chantry Flats. We clocked the full loop at 14-16 miles, not the 12.6 miles on All Trails.

Cosmic Cafe is a legit place to eat. Apple pie with ice cream was out of this world!

Nice challenging but easily doable trail for kids. Great view and opportunity to explore the ruins as reward at the end. Probably closer to 5.25 miles altogether. Heavily used on the weekend.

hiking
2 days ago

My hiking group hikes at night, and we hiked this on a Thursday night around 11pm. We all had bright lights, nothing crazy or scary. Really cool waterfall at the end with a steep descent down and a rope to hold on to. Good hike.

This hike took me over three hours so I agree it must be more than 8 miles and needed this application to stay on trails because it is not always clear. It was the best hike I have been in Southern California. Lots of trees, and lots of water. Nice historical sites too. It is difficult in terms of miles and some narrow/rocky passages but the trail is well established in most places. There are mosquitoes and poison oak.

Took the day off from work to hike on the first day of summer. The trail conditions were really good. Especially loved the fact that I had the trail to myself. Be aware that there are lots of flying bugs this time of year, and the weather is much warmer so make sure to plan accordingly. I can't stress how important keeping oneself hydrated is to the enjoyment of this hike.

trail running
3 days ago

Lovely trail but very buggy. We’re from the buggy east coast, so not strangers to the winged menaces but these were next level awful. There were swarms around us for miles with loud horror movie-esque buzzing.

Okay folks, this hike is often considered the most challenging trek in all of Southern California and I 100% believe it... my body is still aching all over from it. This is the BEAST of the San Gabriel mountain range. If you are to attempt this 14 mile, 12 hour+ grueling journey you MUST have the following: hiking poles, hiking boots for sure, at least 7-8L of water, try to avoid doing this in the heat or in the summer, and start this trail at 5am or 6am at the latest. I would say this hike is probably 3x more difficult than Mount Baldy. This hike will push your physical and mental limits to the edge. Another thing that makes this hike even crazier is just how steep you have to ascend and descent at different sections, it was literally a never ending rollercoaster ride. I highly recommend wearing long pants and a long sleeve tshirt as you will be dodging enormous yucca plants and overgrown brush all along the trail. It is inevitable that you will get stabbed and fall a few times. This mountain takes no prisoners.

I attempted to summit Iron Mountain on Cinco De Mayo (I guess because I'm crazy lol) and managed to only finish 3/4 of the trail which was brutal in itself (13.1 miles, 10.5 hours). My hiking partner and I only had a few hours of sleep the night before and we started at 9am so we definitely did not set ourselves up realistically for success. Also it was surprisingly warmer than we expected which definitely contributed to exhausting us even more than normal.

I WILL BE BACK TO SLAY THE BEAST!!

This is the same trailhead as Bridge to Nowhere. When you go down the fire road look out for the Heaton Flats sign on your right and the narrow green pathway will set you on your Big Iron journey. Bring an Adventure Pass to place on your car's dashboard and also grab a self issued day permit and keep a copy with you (this can be found at the trailhead).

UPDATE (6/9/18): I officially slayed the beast! Reaching this summit was one of the most exhilarating and intense things I have ever done physically and mentally. The view is breathtaking as you are in the heart of the San Gabriel mountains with 360 degree panoramic views of all the nearby mountain peaks such as Mount Baldy. There is a registry at the top that you can sign and leave your mark which I highly recommend since it's highly unlikely you will want to do this hike ever again or in the near future. It was a pure testament of willpower to reach the top (it felt like eternity to summit). This mountain is NO JOKE and any hiker that plans to attempt this peak must be super prepared. Also the mosquitoes and bugs when you start the last 2.5 miles to the summit start to get real intense. Definitely bring headlamps because you might be hiking in the dark back down the mountain. Another thing, this is the most isolated trail in the San Gabriels so you might be the only hikers the entire day along with just a few others, another reason to be fully prepared because you most likely will not run into any friendly hikers that can help you in case you need anything.

- @justroc @just.trek

on San Antonio Falls Trail

hiking
4 days ago

Went on Saturday, June 16th to conquer Mt Baldy and I failed. We got past the lodge, past the steep ski lift climb, to the first major steep incline(drop offs on both sides on incline) and my fear of heights took over. I stood there frozen, unable to move on. How many people I wonder go through this? I will return back to Baldy for another try in the next few weeks. I am so disappointed in myself, my first hiking fail.

4 days ago

We hiked down to the bottom where there was a small stream then it started to go up ... We could not go further but I'm wondering nowhere was this water fall ?!? Is the waterfall at the end of the trail? Pls lmk every one who knows

Nice and cool down between the trees. Once down in the canyon area the trek is pretty leisurely. I ended up jogging back from the waterfall with my partner.

Hiked the left side of the loop on the way up. Got to the top in 3 hours. I didn’t need a map or gps. Not bad for a novice like me! Great trail with awesome views! I will definitely do this hike again!

completed this trail last weekend and we knew it was rated difficult but the mileage is way off. it says 12.6 but we charted 16.2 miles with an apple watch. make sure you have a full day to complete this hike. if you are not in top shape it will take you more than half the day. beautiful hike and definitely recommend.

A Beautiful hike! It's so amazing to find such a lush oasis of nature just minutes from the metropolis of LA. The hike is strenuous and exhilarating, but not necessarily difficult. There are only a few spots where one might put a hand on the rock for stability. The trails are meticulously maintained, well marked, yet deserted on a weekday morning. This route weaves in and out of multiple terrain and flora zones. We saw brazen deer and signs of bear. The June flowers were captivating: from giant yucca sprays to fields of monkey-flower, from lupin to phacelia, and many dozens I cannot name. Care must be taken in the shade as the abundant poison oak often invades the trail. Sturtevant Camp was peaceful, but there were too many mosquitos to stop and eat. My GPS recorded 10.7 mi, including Mt Zion, excluding the waterfall trail.

This trail is NOT 5.1 miles. It's more than 50 miles long and extends through most of the San Gabriel mountains. (Closely follows the PCT at some points) The section from the trailhead pick-up located on Angeles Crest Highway to Charlton Flats is probably what the 5.1 miles is meaning.

A Boy Scouts MUST - Baden Powell, the founder!!! Monument at the summit!!

All Trails®:
Total Distance: 8mi.
Elevation Gain: 2,759ft.

We got to the trail head at 7:55am and by 8:05 the entire parking lot was filled up. There were lots of large groups gettin ready to take off so we quickly used the restroom and were on our way. According to my All Trails® map, the first mile took us 25 minutes and was 656 ft elevation gain. The second mile we did in 26 minutes and was 732 ft elevation gain. Third was 27 minutes and 696 ft elevation gain. And lastly, our fourth mile was 35 minutes and 679 ft elevation gain. The last mile was definitely the hardest and I could feel my legs gettin heavier and fingers pulsing from the elevation by the 4th mile. There is a great stopping point near the 1500 year old tree that will give you a glimpse of what the summit looks like. I personally thought that was it. It was so gorgeous. But, only a few more minutes and you'll be at the summit. And you will be so happy. Its a panoramic view that will take your breath away. We got to the top and dropped our gear and just relaxed a little. There were a good amount of folks at the top and they were all super friendly. We ran into some PCT'ers that have been hiking for roughly a month with 4-5 more months ahead of them. Unbelievable!!

So after we took our pics, we made our way down and that was fairly quick. It can be a little dangerous when trying to get out of the way for folks coming up so I caution you to be very careful of where your feet are. But for the most part, you'll get down quick and its not so steep to hurt your knees. I will suggest, dry, tight shoes to keep from rubbing the bottoms on the way down. That was my mistake and my soles were pretty sore by the bottom.

We saw kids on the hike who were doing great. I'd say any kid over the age of 12 would be good if you were going to bring them along. And I had my to pups as well so as long as yours are in good shape and can handle other pups, they would love this hike. My heelers absolutely enjoyed it but were exhausted by the end so keep that in mind when debating the furry friends.

This was my first of the Six Pack of Peaks and very well could one of my all time favorites. It was a beautiful hike all the way up and down. Go early and you'll enjoy the wonderful weather. If not, I fear that It may be too hot, especially to a beginner.

See ya on the trail!
MLA

There were quite a few bugs but the view of the mountains was beautiful.

hiking
6 days ago

Started early @5:00am to avoid heat once your close to summit old Baldy. Offered great views and great ascend and good training for Mt Whitney.

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