Mount Baldy via Devil's Backbone Trail

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Angeles National Forest

Mount Baldy via Devil's Backbone Trail is a 14 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Baldy, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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: 14.0 miles Elevation Gain: 4,268 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

Taking the 10 - 60- or 210 fwy exit Mountain Ave. and head north. Mountain Ave. turns into Mt. Baldy Road, take this road all the way up to Manker Flats Road, located about 100 yards past Manker Flats campground on the west side on the street.

hiking
2 days ago

Hello Hikers, What time do you recommend starting given that I'd like to social distance and miss a mad dash of crowds? Are we talking 6:30AM? Does anyone know when Baldy opened back up for hiking? Would you say that this trail is more crowded than usual? Thanks in advance.

hiking
7 days ago

Incredible hike on 5/23/20. Highly recommend getting there close to sunrise as possible to ensure a parking spot is available, along with not dealing with as many hikers traveling in the opposite direction. Hike is challenging, it took about 7.5hrs, but no snow on the trail. Bring several layers of clothing, along with plenty of food and water. Enjoy the hike, the views are absolutely incredible!

hiking
7 days ago

Great views! Hiked on 5/22 and there was a decent number of people on the trail but it was easy to maintain distance. About half way up, it gets noticeably steeper and windier.

hiking
8 days ago

Did on 5/23/20. Went up the devil's backbone and down the ski hut trail. Would normally do in the other direction but missed the turnoff for the ski hut trail Conditions were excellent. Some ice but trail is clear and no special equipment is needed. The ski hut trail was very crowded so coming down had to wait a lot for people to come up. Would definitely try to do the loop with the ski hut trail going up as most of the backbone trail is wider and would be easier to descend while maintaining social distancing. Few people were wearing masks but many were not. There was a sign at the bottom of Mt Baldy road saying trails were closed? Maybe they forgot to remove it. All trails were definitely open and crowded

hiking
9 days ago

Amazing hike! Accidentally left my black diamond hiking poles (white) yesterday at the parking area. Name is Hanna Garritson 760-274-5220 Would love to give you a reward for safe return! Thanks

i always hit this hike in the early am to avoid people as much as possible. the wind gets gnarly up here so plan for that.

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icy
rocky
11 days ago

Hiked on Tuesday, May 19th Ended up turning around about 2/3rds of the way because it started snowing a bit and the winds were pretty frigid. Fairly easy incline at the first half of the trail, then it progressively gets to moderate inclines. Quite a bit of loose rocks/gravel. The trail was not very busy past the waterfall and it allowed for social distancing.

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rocky
snow
washed out
13 days ago

Went today May 17, 2020 here are my thoughts. Overall: It was really windy today. In fact a couple of hikers decided to turn around since going to summit was really windy. In addition at the summit it was really cold. Other than that it was really good. I was able to see Catalina Island and some cities. Masks: A lot of people weren’t wearing masks. Rocks: There are a lot of loose rock on the travel going up so make sure you be careful especially if you are deciding to take the bowl down. Is there any snow? Their is a little bit of snow. Not that much that you won’t be needing an ice axe, crampons and microspikes. One last note: If you are planning on hiking this please pick up your trash. Bring an ziploc bag with the plastic sliding tabs or any plastic bag and put your trash in your bag. There was a lot of trash people littered on the ground. Also the Bathrooms are locked near the entrance of the hike so bring an Trowel (Small Shover) and make sure you know how big of a hole you will need to dig.

hiking
13 days ago

Just went yesterday. About 30-40% of people wearing masks along the trail. Still easy to keep distance even though there were many people. Few patches of snow on the mountain but nothing major along the trail. First time doing a day hike and my legs really felt it the last 45 min towards the top and all the way back down.

hiking
14 days ago

We hiked up from the Baldy Trail via Ski Hut and came down from Devils Backbone Trail. The weather was perfect for hiking. It was challenging, but we made it.

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icy
no shade
scramble
14 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

As of May 16, 2020, the trail was open and free of any hazards or snow. No crampons or mini-spikes needed. The ski lift opened at 9 AM but we did not take it. Baldy Notch restaurant & restrooms opened up a little after 9 AM as well (So I was told). You need to wear a face mask to enter the restaurant though. I've done this route several times and always enjoy it. The weather was perfect and it was not as busy as expected. Enjoy!

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
20 days ago

This one was hard! Still some snow covering parts of the trail which took us slightly off trail but not by much. Not many people out, we had the peak to ourselves.

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scramble
snow
27 days ago

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icy
muddy
no shade
scramble
29 days ago

We didn’t summit baldy today in fear of being towed because of COVID 19 but it was beautiful and we did the devil’s back bone trail which was beautiful. We have hiked to the peak before but our favorite part is the back bone so we didn’t feel like we missed out at all!

hiking
off trail
snow
2 months ago

So much snow. Devil’s backbone is alright until the traverse and then it is impassable unless you have the gear and maybe even some protection

3/22 hella snow, came up about a mile from summit before it got too unsafe to continue

hiking
2 months ago

Completed on 03.07.20 Started at 6:45 am and back to the parking lot by 4:00. And hour of rest at the summit. It was a great and strenuous hike, had little patches of snow but nothing significant. Never felt like using crampons but had my poles. Keep an eye out for the weather conditions. It was really windy once we crossed the ski lodge, bring extra layers as the summit gets cold and windy. Great views and worth doing. Highly recommended.

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