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Amazing trail & not super difficult. I went up the Haines Canyon Trail to Rim of the Valley Trail which took me to the old Mt. Lukens Trail... hungout on top by myself for an hour and then took then the fire road to the Crescenta View Trail & down to the Wilderness Park.

3.5 hrs up & 2.5 hrs down. Frost line is about 4,000ft & snow line a little under 5,000ft.

Spent the night at bear canyon camp. Beautiful easy hike. If you plan on staying the night, check out the last campsite in the back. The spot where you pitch the tent is on a little drop off with an awesome view of a peak. Watched hawks flying around all day. Loved it.

Hiked up Ski Hut / Baldy bowl and down Devil's Backbone loop Sunday March 18th.

Left at 7:15AM, arrived at Ski hut at 9am, and summited around 11am. We contemplated descending the ski hut trail, or completing the loop down Devil's Backbone. After talking with several people on the summit who hiked up the backbone, we decided on the backbone. We were lucky to have great weather and a solid path in front of us the entire day. We got the job done in our micro spikes but obviously preferred with crampons. There were certainly a couple sections where you want to be extremely cautious along the backbone, and most likely avoid after a storm or it's too cold / icy.

We stopped by the lodge for celebratory beers and ended back at the starting point around 2:30pm.

Overall this climb was far more impressive than I was expecting. The entire hike was beautiful. It's awesome to have this mountain only an hour from the beach.

I'd definitely recommend going with someone who is familiar with the route or experienced in the mountains if you decide to do the bowl or backbone on the ascent/descent in the winter. Shoot for a day with a great weather window as it will eliminate alot of the risk variables.

The sun didn't hit the mountain hard until noon, which then we observed several rock and ice fall as the mountain came alive. Try to be on your descent in the early afternoon.

Awesome hike. 5 Stars!

I did this hike today and my biggest tip is be prepared. If it's in the winter or not even entered spring, bring a snow jacket because it is COLD and possibly snowing at the top of the mountain. Bring food, electrolytes, enough water, hiking poles (it DOES help), and maps.

I would definitely take screenshots on ways to get up to the mountain and down the mountain, it helped so much when my friend and I missed some turns. If a beginner went on this hike, I'd start early. We started close to 8 and it still took us about 7 hours, not counting the hour we spent at the summit. The difficulty of this hike is high because of the TIME it takes to complete it. Like it's JUST long. SO long... I didn't experience any bugs at all, but there are PLENTY of poison oak at the beginning of the hike, so wear long sleeve and pants. I feel very proud to have completed this because it is a challenge.

A wonderfully challenging hike with great weather in mid-March. I tracked it at about 9.5 miles. We started the loop counter clockwise (the easier way) at 8am & finished in about 5hrs going at a leisurely pace. The peak is actually very industrial with the radio towers. Not great for photos, but plenty of spots on the way up for great photo ops. PLEASE if you bring your dog BRING water for them.

it was a good hike but what upset me at the end the mine was gated off was looking forward to look in

We were not able to make it to the camp ground. There was a downed tree we managed to get around. Then not to far there was a landslide that completely wiped out the trail. We got over that with difficultly. However the water up ahead washed away the trail and we could not continue forward.

The best part of the trail was the view to the falls. If we did this hike again we would just hike to the falls and then head back.

I hiked this trail just after rainfall and it was cool and damp which made the trail soft and easy on the feet. I imagine this is a tough one during summer months so I’d recommend winter as it is very exposed.

The peak is full of radio towers which makes it feel industrial. Other than that, the views are epic.

it's a tough hike but a good payoff with the view

Great hike. Steep!

Great hike. Really great hike. Got lost though, which had me hiking twice as long and far as I wanted to. Download map. Without it I would have been screwed.

On March 10, hiked up Ski Hut / Baldy Bowl and down Devil’s Backbone to the Notch, about 7.5 miles total. Took the chairlift down the rest of the way. The hike itself took 4 hours and 3min, but I set a very aggressive pace for myself due to time constraints. The first three miles up to just beyond the ski hut took 1h20min, the next 1.5 miles up to the summit took 1h20min (this segment abolutely kicked my butt) and the summit down to the Notch took 1h25min. I set out from Manker Flats at 5:22am (with a headlamp as it was not yet twilight) and got to the Notch at 9:26am. The trail was mostly clear of snow and ice for the first three miles. Microspikes were necessary for most of the upper section to the summit due to ice and snow particularly in the steep section beginning about 1/2 mile after the hut. I had downloaded a route into my Garmin watch, which was very helpful (read: necessary) because there are sections between the hut and the summit where it would be very easy to lose the trail. Hiking down Devil’s Backbone was a little scary in parts due to ice and snow along the precipitous drop-offs, however there was enough ground exposed so that I could easily identify and avoid the snow cornices. It is a little hairy right at the western entrance to the Backbone section as there is a lot of snow wedged in the corner next to a fairly steep dropoff. Overall it is a very fun and pretty challenging hike, with amazing views and spectacular scenery along the whole route. Well worth it, but this time of year use caution and tread carefully along precipitous sections of the Devil’s Backbone trail; and be prepared - I would recommend microspikes and trekking poles for the hairy parts, and also bring some layers because there can be very significant changes in temperature at the different elevations and much wind chill at the summit.

Did this trail today in the rain and it was amazing. Challenging but doable.

Great time. Snow on the ground made it that much more enjoyable. Did the whole loop and Needed crampons for sure to help with the sliding around.

12 days ago

Great trail and as others mentioned, steep- you'll end up on devils backbone at the trail split. You got a few options from here, go left to summit baldy, go straight to summit mt Harwood, or you can go ahead and do a double summit (Mt Harwood & Baldy). On a side note: Harwood isnt that hard at all, its more like a hill.

this is a great hike, I've been up there multiple times and it never disappoints.

Not a bad hike. Good weather and nice views. Can be a bit hazy at the Zion vista. The portion from the falls through the flats is fairly crowded. The rest of the train was only moderately trafficked. The trail markings are fairly poor and it is easy to make a wrong turn in the areas near the falls at 2 junctures.

15 days ago

I love this trail and will definitely keep this one in rotation. Went on a Thursday morning; it was quiet and there was only one other group hiking this trail, so I’ll assume it doesn’t get crowded here. Most of the way up is pretty easy, until you get to the steep part of the peak where you’ll have to use ropes to walk/climb the rest of the way up. The views from the top are breathtaking!

Awesome hike! Beautiful trail with some good inclines. Parking is a struggle - get there early. TIP - the interagency pass (America the Beautiful) can be used for parking here so you don't have to pay for a single day pass

Gets busy in the chantry flats - leave early for the hike

we had a great time couldn't believe we ran into people on the way it's a tough hike but a nice little stream makes it worthwhile and we found a cabin with fresh firewood

This trail is a great long hike for beginners! It was for sure a challenge, but very doable and well populated. Had read a lot about bug issues, but this time we experienced no bugs at all! The viewpoint at the top had some gorgeous sites and after a little walk through the parking lot, there was a great place with tables to hang out and take a break. Great hike! :)

This loop is actually 9.5 miles!

Beautiful trail, great workout. The waypoint for Sturtevant Camp on the map in this trail description is incorrect. Sturtevant camp in en route to Mt Zion peak located between Spruce Grove campground and the turn Mt Zion/Mt Wilson Trail junction. The location marked as Sturtevant is more likely to be Hoegee's Trail Camp

21 days ago

fairly easy hike gradual incline. Nice views. would do it again.

Way too many people, easy hike, lots of mean dogs, rude teenagers, a lot of people playing shit music. Won’t be back unless I backpack to a cabin far away.

Pretty secluded, shady trail, different terrains.
Difficult to fine mine and some parts were scrabbling.
Overall good trail I’d come back.

So many trails within trails ❤❤

If I could give it another star I would. Challenging mentally and physically but great fun.

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