Mt. Baldy via Devil's Backbone Trail

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Mt. Baldy via Devil's Backbone Trail is a 12.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Baldy, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4199 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

walking

views

wildlife

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.

1 day ago

Tough but worth it!

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This was my first hike to Baldy's summit, and boy, did I pick a day. It was the 5th annual "Climb for Heroes," a fundraising event to support veterans and active duty service members. While it's a great cause and event, it's a bad time to hike Baldy if you're looking for some peace and quiet. Hundreds of people participated in the event. Still, the conditions were perfect, although a bit chilly on the summit. Considering it was my first attempt at Baldy, I decided to take the chair lift up and down. It saved me quite a bit of time -- and about 6 miles. Next time I'll try the Baldy Bowl route.

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Weather was perfect. We went up Devils backbone and down the snow bowl trail. Still quite a bit of snow towards the summit so please be safe and come prepared with proper equipment, especially if coming up from the snow bowl. Anyway, I brought my dog and he did well, but he's used to hiking in the mountains. So that's another thing to keep in mind when deciding to bring your canine. Lots of extra water and food!!! Happy hiking. 2017 6 pack of peaks #1 complete for me

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Absolutely gorgeous day. The notorious wind was not much more than a strong breeze on the summit at noon. The trail is exposed in most areas on the backbone and the snow and ice were slushy enough to manage with spikes and poles. Right equipment made for a confident climb. However, the Bowl is still covered in snow and ice It was too treacherous and dangerous. (7 deaths this year they say). I would do it again over and over including walking up rather than taking the ski lift. The falls are also gushing and gorgeous.

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Difficult, strenuous but very rewarding. A must hike for those preparing for Whitney.

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2 months ago

Fantastic hike! Very long and tough at times but beautiful all around, not too crowded, and just difficult enough to be a challenge if you're in shape!