Bailey Canyon Trail to Jones Peak

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Bailey Canyon Trail to Jones Peak is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sierra Madre, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2270 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

4 days ago

Fun trail. It’s a little short, but a good quick workout

13 days ago

It will remind you how young and in shape one is in a very stern but enjoyable way. Definitely worth the continued and consistent experience and effort

24 days ago

Good hike, nice wide trail and steady incline. Ideal for trail running as well.

1 month ago

it was my first time hiking after a long time..it was time for me to get back out there. had an amazing time.

1 month ago

beautiful, easy climbing with some resting stops along the way to Jones Peak.

hiking
2 months ago

Good workout and some good views but hot if you don’t leave at the crack of dawn. I was the first one on the trail at a little past 6 am on a Saturday morning!! It was wonderful.

2 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike, it was a great workout. Warning though to those who bring their dogs, it is a very dry, strenuous hike and the weather can feel 10-15 degrees hotter than it actually is; bring lots of water and take lots of breaks for your babies to prevent heat stroke. Stay safe

hiking
3 months ago

I don’t know why this trail is so highly rated. The waterfall (if you can call it that) is a mere trickle. This section of the trail (to the waterfall) is overgrown and poorly maintained.

About a mile up the main trail, there are a couple benches with some lovely views of the city. But the rest of the hike is a real calf-buster—a brutal ascent with switchbacks that never seem to end. Unless you’re just in it for a good workout, I’d skip this one. There are no trees, no shade on this trail. I hiked it in the summertime, and it was almost unbearable.

The peak does have some great views. But so does nearby Echo Mountain, and that trail has an interesting end point with resort and railroad ruins. If you’d like a good workout on a trail that is easily accessible, I’d recommend Echo Mountain over this.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty easy hike with the exception of a short steep climb toward the peak. Don’t cross the bridge...it’s not part of the trail. Great views at the top. Plenty of parking and easy to get to. Downtown Sierra Madre is around the corner for brunch or coffee right after your hike!

4 months ago

Great trail. My dog and I did this hike today towards the end of the day. Love the lightly traveled aspect of it. The switchbacks going up are super intense. Run down!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail with more options. Continue past Jones up steep hill to small white sign. To the right is the “Hiker Bob” trail that connects to the Mt Wilson trail from Sierra Madre. To the left is Hastings Pk and the Mt Wilson toll road beyond.

4 months ago

Remember, slow and steady always wins! Two words: steep, switchbacks. Excellent workout! Parking available in a lot or neighborhood and there is a restroom at the start of the trail. I used trekking poles and wore hiking boots but it could be done without.

4 months ago

It has beautiful views and benches to enjoy view. It was great that there was very few people. People were weary friendly.

4 months ago

It’s a very beautiful place and amazing views
Wear good shoes
The hike is roughly 7 miles incline all the way up
If you are scared of heights please do not go,there’s drops of 2000 feet
Be very careful
But it’s such a good workout

Light traffic friendly people
Parking is availble

hiking
7 months ago

Short and steep. I measured 8.32 miles.

The elevation gain is no joke...those switch backs and steep faces toward the top are what makes this trail "hard." Be sure your boots/shoes are as tight as possible...I wear tactical boots and my feet were a little torn up from the incline.

With that said, this is an extremely beautiful hike, saturated with wildlife -- most of it is like walking through a forest. Trail is immaculately clean and maintained, views are insane, and people are friendly. What's more? There are a ton of other trails to hook up with at the top, which can easily extend your hike another several miles/hours.

hiking
8 months ago

Breathtaking Views

8 months ago

It gets harder as you get to the peak. Very cool trail. Its enough exercise for me!

hiking
9 months ago

Amazing trail but be prepared if ur not in shape can get difficult as you get to the top.

hiking
9 months ago

Not recommended for a hot day. It was around 90 degree today, and it was challenging. First third of hike was pretty stiff, 2nd third was pretty easy, and last third has most altitude gain. There was no view due to haze.

hiking
10 months ago

Great view and hike trail.

10 months ago

During the summer, start no later than 7am so you can beat the heat. Nice view once you get to the peak.

11 months ago

Go early before it gets too hot. This is a hard trail for a beginner as I found out, but well worth it.

hiking
11 months ago

Hard !

11 months ago

Great short climb that gets the heart rate UP!

walking
11 months ago

Beautiful view and you meet people

hiking
11 months ago

For inexperienced hikers this can be a bit strenuous. A lot of switchbacks and a lot of bugs. Once you get to the top the views are great. We started at 7am and at about 9am the temperature was already rising. A great hike to knock out in a few hours since it's local.

hiking
11 months ago

Pretty tough for someone who doesn't hike often. There are lots of bugs (especially by the bench at the top), and most of the trail has no shade. The view is great, but try to go on a day when it is less hazy.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Nice hiking trail, found a little bit tough in the very last part to the peak. Not much shade. A lot of bugs and flys during this season (which is very annoying when you make stops to take pictures:( ) oh, and I saw snakes twice the way up to the peak so I suggest to bring your pole when doing this trail.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Worth the drive. Great workout and very clean.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Steep with lots of short switchbacks. You'll be impressed with how quickly you climb up, but they views are usually pretty smoggy at the top.

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