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This was a fantastic hike. A bit of endurance needed. My Fitbit said 11.4 miles so don’t worry once you pass the 9.8 AllTrails states.

Not a lot of people were around during my hike. I saw maybe 4-5 people and a few bike riders.

Definitely worth doing. Especially since Mt Lukens is apparently the highest peak in LA city limits.

A peaceful Sunday morning hike through a colorful, boulder-strewn canyon. Lots of woodpeckers to keep us entertained! A bit of fall color on the way to the waterfall, which is very zen-like: a small trickle flowing into a reflective pool. It’s shady much of the way, so being a light jacket is you’re hiking in the morning.

Excellent hiking day

Nice trip overall

hiking
1 day ago

The fire road that leads to the trailhead is currently in good condition. I have a high clearance vehicle and had no problems. Certain low clearance vehicles might be able to make it, albeit slowly. As for the hike itself, it's a straightforward on a closed fire road. It's not exciting, but there are expansive views in every direction. This is one of the few hikes i've been on where you see at least four mountain ranges. In this case, you can see the San Gabriel, Tehachapi, San Emigdio, and Sierra Pelona (which you're one). It's also very secluded, which I prefer. To make it worthwhile if you're coming from far away, I recommend doing this hike with nearby Sawtooth Mountain.

Great hike with a good elevation.
I will not do this hike in the summer

Did the Devil's backbone on the way up, came down Baldy Bowl trail. Coming down was a killer. But a great challenging hike!

Did the hike today. Trail was very nice, very gusty winds and it does get below freezing with the wind chill starting after the ski center. Recommend dressing appropriately. Devils backbone trail was clear, no snow until you get close to summit and even then only a few patches. Fantastic views, the most significant wildlife I saw was a cat at the ski center.

For first timers, start early, pack layers, go up the Baldy Notch trail as opposed to the ski-hut trail since you do a more gradual ascent on Baldy Notch (6.5 miles) as opposed to Ski Hut trail (3.5 miles with same ascent) . Also be prepared for the serious ascent after you get pass the ski hut, you're going to work those legs as everything leading up to Devils backbone and through it will be pretty steep climb.

hiking
3 days ago

Virtual Hike: https://youtu.be/lfNylOkTUto

This is one of my favorite hikes! The trailhead starts just before the Mount Wilson loop. Just before the loop, there is another set of big radio antennas, and a gated road that accesses those antennae. If you are driving up Mt. Wilson Road, the trail begins just before the gated road. Follow the outside of the chain link fence and you’ll find the trail. The trail is relatively untraveled, and at times it’s hard to know exactly where to go, but everything always leads back to a trail. There are portions where you can take a high road, or a low road, but you’ll have to do some ducking and make some tight squeezes past some trees at points. The incline is fairly easy, with little ups and downs throughout, and there is a little bit of a climb towards the peak. About halfway through the hike, you’ll reach a deserted helicopter pad, complete with a power outlet! Simply amazing views in all directions from this spot. There are also amazing views from the peak if you go under some brush to reach the far side of the peak. From there, Mt. Markham and San Gabriel Peak are within view, and boy they look magnificent. From the other side of the peak you can see the big antennae from where you hiked. I’ve hiked this trail in the morning and at sunset, both great times to enjoy this short, moderate hike.

Hope you enjoy!

Playlist for the trail: https://spoti.fi/2CTfO3o

Great for the sunrise. Amazing views from the top and on the way down (I went counterclockwise). For a stretch you hike down the gentle backbone of one of the mountains and get amazing views of LA and the canyons. Saw a bobcat in the am by the entrance/river. Followed Justin’s recording and didn’t end up straying from the path. On a weekday hike not very crowded. Not much shade. Trail is varied—some scattered rocks, some packed soil, some river runoff and fire trail. Overall a great hike

rock climbing
4 days ago

Falls might b year round here. 10/18 still a nice flow. Fire road all up until falls area. Trail remains fairly easy. Id recommend this hike to everyone of all levels of hiking. Can’t wait to bring my little ones here. Rock climbed up to top of falls... was too much fun but a bit challenging (advanced hikers only please) may be tricky for some...
Very easy to find parking
Seen signs of car break ins but not today. (FYI)
Rr @ trail head
Lots of places to camp.

Reached this peak on the second try after taking a shortcut that led to Mt Lawlor instead...the views are definitely worth it but the last stretch is no joke! make sure to pack plenty of water...we brought strawberries as well as strawberry milkshake IPAs, perfect celebration for the top!

Great quick hike with my dog , beautiful scenery and low temperatures... bring sweater and water...

We did this hike in mid-August along with our friend who was prepping for her trek on the JMT. The hike is well maintained, mostly shaded, and meanders up the mountain with a series of switchbacks. I prefer switchbacks to a straight stair-climb up a slope, so I appreciated the winding nature.
Only annoying part is the peak- little shade and LOTS of fitness group meetups that had music blasting and were having push-up competitions on the summit monument. Oh, and the drone guy. Not everyone wants to hear your whirring drone and be in your videos. Enjoy nature, please, and let the others around you enjoy it too!

Overall: nice and slow pace with lots of shade! No water and only pit toilets so bring plenty to drink.

Great hike! We ended up going all the way over to the bear canyon camp ground and back! Great views and good walking trails.

Tips: bring a map and not your bicycle! There is no service anywhere and you will have to carry your bike....

The directions to the trail are a little confusing. The trail starts across from the parking lot and do not take any of the roads that lead away as indicated per gps. The Pacific crest Trail marker is there and that’s where you start the trail. It leads you to a service road. We took the service road to the left at it it’s a really beautiful trail however are you doing most of your uphill battle on the way out when you’re fatigued. We are going to try it next week and will start from the right.

one exciting trail

Awesome hike. Did the hike on Saturday October 13, 2018. Snow and Whiteout at the top. Be prepared for freezing temperatures.

Be careful, there is a vicious pit bull chained up at the cabin at the trail head. Today it was out on the trail and bit my hiking companion. We left and the family still didn’t have it under control. It was terrorizing other hikers. Not sure what to do since the bite wasn’t disfiguring but it was bloody. I am not sure if it warrants police action.

We went shortly after it rained, so in the part of trail that Teresa (previous poster) mentions where it gets a bit narrow, we didn’t have any issues with slipping because the sandy dirt was firm from the rain.
Unfortunately, the waterfall was nowhere to be seen, even after the rain but — it’s a fun trail regardless. It has a nice mix of winding through dense vegetation and hiking around the hillside.
We went on a cool day, but we still brought a fair amount of water for us and our dog.

on Old Mount Baldy Trail

hiking
9 days ago

Brutal and gorgeous. Read the other reviews, you don't want to do this if you havent done San Gorgonio, San Jacinto etc. I met one other person on the trail who returned because of high winds on the Big Horn Ridge. By the time I made it that far the wind had calmed down somewhat and I plowed on. I made a detour to West Baldy - quite nice and completely deserted. I took it really slowly and had several breaks for snacks and some sketching, Took me ten hours in total.

Great view from the top. This trail was a good challenge!

Good trail but campground is overcrowded and overtrafficked. Lot of mountain bikers barreling through. Enjoy the day hike to Wilson. Water status unknown as of today. Will try to post an update on Sunday.

this was a really nice hike but it's a fire Road most of the way but the views from Inspiration Point are something special and it was 8 miles round-trip and we saw a bobcat

hiking
11 days ago

A steep, sweaty initial climb, followed by a gradual incline to the saddle. Definitely a fitness challenge to scale the summit, with a half-mile scramble full of rocks and loose gravel. Definitely doable if one takes their time, and worth the view!

If you want a adventures hike take the Castle Canyon trail up to inspiration point. It was challenging but a shaded trail with great views. We took the Sam Merrill trail down. It was a nice trail covered by trees at first but then it was switchbacks and full sun exposure until the end of the trail.

As soon as you hit the trail you’re climbing switchbacks all the way up until you hit Echo Mountain point. Beautiful views as your climbing and at the top of Echo Mountain. We went up to Inspiration Point thru Castle canyon trail, it’s a challenging trail with plenty of shade and great views. We came down the Sam Merrill Trail from inspiration point, at first it was nice, lovely tress and shade but then it was switchbacks all the way down with full sun exposure and no shade. As challenging as castle canyon trail is I Would definitely do this hike again.

Consider making this hike a loop by continuing past Jones Peak down the Connection Trail to the Mt. Wilson Trail and back to the town of Sierra Madre.

Most of this trail is fairly easy and fun; although with very little shade. The draught has left no signs of a waterfall which I expected but we couldn't determine where one would be. Beautiful scenes with mountains surrounding. After about 3.8 miles in the trail becomes less maintained and more of a jungle. Long pants are recommended if you go pass this point. Lots of little thorny plants that will leave scratches. Parts of the trail past this point were eroding and soft sand making it dangerous for the inexperienced hiker. I would recommend this hike and I would do it again but turn around about 3.5 miles in.

off road driving
13 days ago

Rode my Africa twin and almost die due twice because of dune buggy that going 40+mph through corners.
Highly recommend to remove ear protection on this trail, look out for mountain biker going +40mph downhill, lookout for slow moving vehicle when speeding through the downhill.

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