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Very hard hike, but the views are amazing!

Overall a really nice hike and the weather was perfect. It was as hard as I expected going up and easier than expected going down. Rocks are a bit hard on dog paws...my dog is still recovering and has a sore foot. Couldn’t beat the views and the weather was perfect.

Amazing views and gorgeous landscape. This hike is not to be underestimated and be ready for a cold and windy summit. We commented this just under 6.5h with a nice break at summit. Did the route counter clockwise. There was a spot just past devils backbone (possibly still part of it) that was so narrow (and steep fall down of that were to happen) that I had a rough time walking through it. I Did the wobbly knees, leaning towards the mountain walk of shame. Phew. I lived to tell!
It’s not an easy hike so just come prepared with water and snacks and layers and I highly recommend trekking poles for this one. Have fun and enjoy the view and clean up after your selfie;)

Completed this hike yesterday, having gone up the Ski Hut trail for the ascent and down Devil's Backbone for the descent. I took longer routes when available to add a bit more distance, making my hike 10.2 miles according to Google Earth when I imported the GPX file, though my GPS track showed 11.04 miles in all. Best of all I met some great people that I plan to hike with again.

It was a great trail run. Training for a Bryce half marathon, Baldy has the elevation gain for the ultimate training.

VERY steep! Definitely a tough peak. We went up the Baldy Bowl/Ski Hut route and down Devil's Backbone - I'm glad we did the loop, but it's not terribly well-marked. When you reach the ski school at the bottom of Devil's Backbone (where the ski lift runs on the weekends), you have to find a small road that heads down in the same direction as the ski lift. You then have to stay to the right a couple of times to stay on the road. A long day (about 8 hours) but a great way to get away from the city!

This hike is not for the faint of heart, it was tough! but I'm very glad I completed it. Next time I'm going counter clockwise and take the lift from the top down, my knees are in so much pain from all the pounding on the way down. I'm so grateful for the Alltrails app map, I took a wrong turn and would've gotten lost had it not been for the map. This map makes it so much safer for someone with little experience in hiking. I'm very grateful to its creators.

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9 days ago

Great trail, long steady hill to hike with a beautiful view!

This was a very challenging hike but worth it! We went up and stopped at the ski hut first as our first break and then continued on to the top. The trail after the ski hut continued to incline the farther along we went. Made it to the top and went down devils backbone. It’s a more narrow trail but I didn’t think it was too scary, just watch your step. This was overall a wonderful hike and I will definitely do it again!

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21 days ago

Great view in top of mountain

Definitely a challenging hike, but well worth it for those views! Went up devils backbone and some of the trail got very narrow, more so than I expected. Headed down the bowl and was again surprised by how steep some sections were, but just went slow and all was well!

This one kicked my butt and definitely will climb it again.

Great and rewarding hike! The shortcut to the summit on the VERY left of the fork is very steep, if you want your legs to be sore for days, then by all means!!

Great hike with beautiful views. We made sure to go to both peaks since the trail doesn't go all the way to Thunder Mountain peak. There is an elevation sign there right near the top of the slope and it's a great place for pictures. I was having a rough day so it was a little harder for me then usual, but for my sis it was a breeze. We clocked it at a little over 13 miles.

Excellent hike for a workout.

Excellent Hike. Got a relatively early start in the morning from Icehouse Canyon parking lot. Went up to Icehouse Saddle, over to the Telegraph and Thunder Mtn, turned around and tagged Timber mtn on the return. Car to car in about 6 hours, right before it started to sprinkle. Great views and not too many people on this Saturday morn.

We absolutely loved this hike. The trail up is beautiful with the landscape changing as ones ascends. We stopped by the Ski Hut and met the gracious hosts, Dave and June. They kindly gave us a tour of the hut and gave some fascinating history. Can you believe they still carry bags of concrete and supplies up there in order to maintain the cabin. I highly recommend a visit to the hut or make a reservation with the Sierra Club to stay a few nights up there. -The summit- The views are amazing with 360 degrees of scenery, lots of picture taking. Still some patches of snow, but none on the trail. The way back down the loop was a little rough with some slippery loose rock, we saw a few falls, but everyone was fine. After the slippery rocks came the Devils Backbone with more amazing views. Then came a long boring road right after the ski lift but it was a nice way to stretch our legs after 2 days of back to back hiking. We enjoyed this hike so much we will definitely do it again. Maybe even camp next time.

Great trail with lively stream! Took my dog and she loved the water. Rockier than I thought but totally doable. Definitely going back.

Love this trail up the ridge is a pretty tough climb but so much fun and beautiful views.

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1 month ago

I started at the "yellow gate" at 4:30 pm, unsure of how long it would take me to get to the summit and back with the sunset being around 7:30 pm. I did not have a map with me and it was an obvious trail to follow but I did come to (2) forks in the road.....The first one was just about 1.75 miles in and I remembered there was a trail that ran parallel to GMR road, so I took a left at the fork and continued to follow the motor way. The second fork I was really unsure of which way to go so I continued straight on the trail for about another .75 miles and the trail continued to descend in elevation, so I deducted that I must have to turn around and head back to the fork. I went back to the fork and turned left and that followed around the motor way right to the summit of Sunset Peak. I then proceeded south and made my way down the single track back to where the fork in the road was and headed back down. All in all it took me 2:13 minutes at 8.29 miles. I had plenty of time to make it up to the summit and back down without losing any day light. I had passed 3 hikers on my way down and 1 mountain bike rider. Easy trail......Cheers

on Sunset Peak Trail

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1 month ago

I started at the "yellow gate" at 4:30 pm, unsure of how long it would take me to get to the summit and back with the sunset being around 7:30 pm. I did not have a map with me and it was an obvious trail to follow but I did come to (2) forks in the road.....The first one was just about 1.75 miles in and I remembered there was a trail that ran parallel to GMR road, so I took a left at the fork and continued to follow the motor way. The second fork I was really unsure of which way to go so I continued straight on the trail for about another .75 miles and the trail continued to descend in elevation, so I deducted that I must have to turn around and head back to the fork. I went back to the fork and turned left and that followed around the motor way right to the summit of Sunset Peak. I then proceeded south and made my way down the single track back to where the fork in the road was and headed back down. All in all it took me 2:13 minutes at 8.29 miles. I had plenty of time to make it up to the summit and back down without losing any day light. I had passed 3 hikers on my way down and 1 mountain bike rider. Easy trail......Cheers

Great hike! Weather was perfect and the entire trail is free of snow. View from the top is amazing and the tree makes for good pictures. Ice House Canyon is a little rough as usual but it’s worth it!

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1 month ago

No snow on the trail left on April 8; just a few patches off to the sides. That last steep mile from the bowl to the summit is brutal. I took a few long breaks to sketch the landscape, different all the time and, was back down by 2 pm.

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1 month ago

This was a fairly easy trail that had a gentle uphill slope to the top. The service road narrows down a bit as you get closer to the top, but never so much that the trail seems precarious. The gravel and rocks on the path also increases as you approach the summit. We walked under shade for most of the walk and found some rocks to sit on and have lunch at the end. It made for a nice long walk that anyone could do. We went on a Friday and only encountered one other person. Maybe that number increases as sunset approaches.
Note: If you are coming up Baldy Road, turn left at Glendora Ridge Road right before the Fire Station, go in about a mile until you see the yellow gate on the left.

The second half of this hike is amazing, beautiful scenery. But starting from Ice House Canyon is never fun on the way down after a long day. Its is very rocky. But Ontario Peak is beautiful and worth the trek. All devices measure differently, but my Garmin Inreach registered this at about 15 miles.

Wow, great trail! Fantastic vistas throughout. Not particularly technically challenging (though loose rocks and as of today patchy snow fields starting around 8,500’) but definitely an aggressive hike! Will probably not bring my long lens next time, but did find some good alpine birds along the way. Trail was easy enough to follow with markers and AllTrails map.

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!

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