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Amazing hike! Like the others - it was definitely tough (made harder by hauling up a pack) and totally worth it. You really get the bang for your buck on this hike - every part is beautiful. We started later than we had initially wanted (4pm) and got to the summit in 3.5 hours. Since we came that late in the day there was plenty of parking in the lot.

There is a stream a couple miles in that comes right out of the side of the mountain that many folks filled their water at - had I known I would have carried less water the first couple miles and filled up there to make better time (I think it's about 2 miles in?). When we got to the summit there were about 10 other tents scattered around. We were still able to get a spectacular spot overlooking the valley and although we were camped among a bunch of other folks, it still felt pretty remote. I would definitely do this hike again. I don't normally hike with trekking poles (I wear patellar supports), but am considering purchasing some as the downhill was a bit intense with a pack.

This hike is definitely intense. Hiked up on baldy trail and back down on devils backbone. Going up is tough is 4000 ft of just straight elevation imagine stair master x10. When you hit the green cabin (there is a little outhouse) you’re about halfway. It’s gets harder after this. The summit is really cool. Great view. Down devils backbone is VERY narrow be extra careful but it’s totally doable. I think this is the best way down opposed to baldy trail its not as intense. Long but not as intense. Plus there is the Mt baldy lodge where you can relax possibly take the ski lift back down if you wish.

Tips: bring at least 2 liters of water. Must wear hiking shoes. Trekking poles are very helpful.

Fun hike.... Holy Fire was really affecting the air quaility, made it a little bit harder.... last mile is killer. Met an awesome group of hikers at the summit as well

Didn’t notice any smoke today. Seems to be one of the few places unaffected by the fires.

Hiked this yesterday. Very low traffic, which was nice. Hazy at the top, got some weather for a few minutes. You can see smoke, but didn't interfere with the hike. It was a great day in the 70's, cooler at the top.

Awesome workout. Pretty steep and rocky at times but the views are amazing. Worth the pain

Can anyone comment on the smoke at the top? I did Bighorn on Wednesday and the conditions weren't the best.

Awesome trail with great views. Will make you work front though. All trails needs an update though, it is definitely not 6.7 miles round trip. It’s about 6 miles to the summit from manker flats camp.

Hiked to Bighorn on Aug. 9th. Scenic and quiet. I saw deer, and a rattlesnake. Neat! Just FYI, the smoke from nearby wildfires is affecting this area. Baldy Village was smoky in the morning but when I got up to the saddle, the air quality seemed great. At that point, I decided to continue on to Bighorn. I didn't encounter smoke until I was almost to the peak. As the day progressed, the smoke from started to roll in fast. Air quality was not the best.

love it up here. be advised, 2 bear sightings a mile apart. 8-5-2018. 10:30pm Mt baldy Rd. first was at the Mt baldy rest area.


August 8, 2018

wish I could post a picture. looks horrible. the lake Elsinore area fire has peaks covered in smoke. check out 10064ft.com cam footage.

Awesome hike! Started at sunrise to beat some of the heat. The parking lot was already 3/4th full. Get there early! Loved the trail and the sound of the wind through the trees. I recommend Trekking Poles especially for parts going down hill. Parts are rocky and have some loose gravel. If you are steady on your feet you will be fine. Take lots of water and suncreen. Awesome views at the top! I will hike this again!

Good hike given the proximity to LA.

Good tough hike, just make sure to bring poles. Most importantly, save your water for your way down, the temperature at the summit is much cooler and shaded compared to below Icehouse Saddle.

Start early in the summer, it gets hot, but everyone says that. I was prepared for the heat and started before 7 and was surprised how windy and cooler it was above Devils Backbone. Never took off the extra long sleeve until I arrived at the ski lodge on the return trip.

Comment on descending the Chapman trail: it was longer, narrower (above the camp site), at times washed out and a little sketchy, and with steeper sections than the main icehouse trail. Chapman was nicest below the camp site located about half a mile from its origin from icehouse. Was it worth less crowds? I was hot, tired, and the sharp rocky sections hurt my feet, so no for me.

Great hike, did it backpacking over 2 nights 2.5 days. Did a bit of the scenic route so it was more like 32 miles or something. Amazing adventure, first night camped at cucamonga second night on baldy. Met some great people made amazing memories and overall had one of the coolest experiences I’ve yet to live, 10/10 recommend. Did it early June and the weather was good, being like 10L of water if your doing this in one day though!

best mountain ever

Very challenging, I felt it was harder than Baldy, but it could have just been my mood that day. Dont forget your hiking poles for this be one and expect a full day. Start early as usual, but generally low traffic as compared to Baldy.

I loved this hike. I do some pretty brutal hikes this one is a good one! I will be going again. I suggest a good amout of fluids to keep hydrated and sunblock. I did go on a very warm day but the temps up there were significantly lower than down at the ground level and the breeze through the mountains was perfect!

What an amazing, day. We completed and hiked Mt. Baldy’s Icehouse Canyon to ‘Cucamonga Peak’ at 8859ft in 6hrs. I love hiking with my friends. Let’s hike another, one. This was an amazing up coming Bday, with a hike. Now, Let’s eat... ❤️

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12 days ago

Hiked to Bighorn and Ontario on a Thursday, and it was pretty quiet -- only saw 5 other people on the trail from the saddle, and only 2 people that were heading for Ontario. But this trail is NOT 12.1 miles -- it is at least 2 miles longer if you hit both peaks. Although I did not record a track, I logged over 41,000 steps from the parking lot -- that's NOT a 12.1 mile hike. Check the recorded tracks below for both peaks, and you'll see a number that are over 14 miles. My best guess is that doing both peaks is a 14.2 mile RT hike -- 3.6 miles to the saddle, 2.8 miles to Ontario Peak, and .7 miles to Bighorn from the ridgetop junction. Roundtrip that and you have a 14.2 mile hike.

Beautiful views with challenging terrain.

I second what J P said about the bees! I highly recommend long pants or at least a jacket to cover up with when walking through the very narrow stretches of trail with manzanita bushes on both sides swarming with bees. I’m glad I had a windbreaker to use as a shield. If not from the bees, at least from the very thorny bushes that will be rubbing all over your legs. Bring plenty of water. It’s plenty exposed and very hot in the sun.

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15 days ago

It took me 4.5 hours to make it to the top of Mt. Baldy and 3.5 to make it back down to the Visitor Center (where I parked). I left my car around 5 am. Don't forget your Adventure Pass. Finding the trailhead in the dark was difficult. My all trails app wasn't working without signal for some reason. I thought I'm supposed to be able to view the map without service? Anyway, I followed Bear Canyon Rd. (paved) up past all of the homes and finally found the trailhead. Just FYI, it's about half a mile up the road. Starting out, the weather was very pleasant. I didn't have to worry about the heat on the way up. The views are magnificent, especially while the moon is still out and the sun is just starting to rise. The weather at the top was very comfortable. I didn't have to whip out a long sleeve or my hat and gloves. I used this hike to train for Mt. Whitney. If Mt Whitney is similar to this hike, I'm in good shape! I thought it was tough but not so much that I ever questioned my abilities or even desire to hike it in the first place. At times, I was hiking on the balls of my feet, so it's pretty steep in sections. I definitely recommend hiking poles for the way down.

busy trail. Some shade. not too steep. well-maintained trail.

This was way to hard for me and I didn’t realize it until I had already started. We did a night hike cause the full moon happing and I didn’t get that far cause the elevation plus the steepness of the hike was way to much for me and totally kicked my butt and I had to turn back around. If you are an experienced hiker and are extremely Athletic you will love this. The view is gorgeous at the summit from what I heard.

Did this as an overnight. Started at about 5:30 A.M. at Manker flats campground. Took our time going up not rushing. Started with 2 liters of water and brought extra empty bottles to fill up at the ski hut. The stream was flowing very well. From ski hut took 4 1/2 liters to the summit 1 1/2 liters was just for our meals. Wasn’t very windy at the summit until about 7pm

The sunset was SPECTACULAR. Words can not describe it. We saw a family of big horn sheep right by our camp site for an hour or so. Once the sunset the lights from Hesperia and the inland empire are incredible along with super bright stars, planets and the moon being super bright lighting up the camp site. We camped at the summit in between one of the rock wind barriers. It got a little windy through the night but not unbearable.

The next morning packed up around 8 A.M. and got down to the car around 11:30 but spent 45 min at ski hut drinking up water and cooling off by the creek. Super refreshing. Once the sun was up and we got below the ski hit it got hot quick. Bring lots of water if you plan on doing this in the summer along with a hat as there is no shade at the summit and hardly any shade along devils backbone.

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18 days ago

Saw a horned toad lizard. Good workout. Great view of the sunset and mars

Hiked to Ontario Peak on July 24th. Beautiful hike and I had the summit all to myself. It’s a miracle that I wasn’t stung by any bees! There are a lot of flowering bushes that you have to squeeze by on this hike and they were all buzzing with bees. Hm... I’m either lucky or the bees just aren’t aggressive or easily threatened. The gnats were annoying at times too. My bug spray didn’t seem to keep them from buzzing right in my face and ears. All in all, I’d do this hike again. I liked it more than Wilson and cucamonga. Views from the ridge line are stellar.

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