Explore the most popular walking trails near Mt Baldy with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hiked it as part of a one night backpacking trip. The hike was a challenge but quite nice. The trail itself was varied, rocky and/or steep at times, while flat and easy at others. The weather was great during my trip and the views are excellent at the top.

As John stated, bring plenty of water or some way to purify/filter natural sources.

great view and great experience

This is a great route to hike Baldy. We left the Manker Flats camp area around 11am and made it through the whole loop with 30+ minutes at the summit in about 7 hours. I would HIGHLY recommend doing the loop counter-clockwise. The way down was steep and looser material without the double view to the north and south; the way up allowed us to stop and enjoy the seas of clouds on the ocean AND desert sides.
Overall: very true to the description. Follow the warnings (ie, don't take FAR left trail) and you will have a strenuous but exhilarating hike!
(Don't forget to top off your water at the Notch, that was key for us).

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.

Great trail, tough if you havnt been keeping in shape. I'm a giant of a person and I was tearing through water like there was no tomorrow, def want to bring plenty of it. The trip down from the top can be hard on the knees but is very relaxing. Bring walking sticks if you are carrying lots of weight.

5 days ago

Definitely one of my favorite trails in the area. Beautiful, many options when you get up to the saddle. Also, easy place to hike around in the snow. Not really for casual hikers though.

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

Interesting hike today - was relaxing at Bear Flats when a deer stopped by. After deciding I wasn't a threat, the deer proceeded to graze all around me for about 10 minutes before deciding to move on. Made for an awesome morning on the Old Baldy Trail.

This trail is gorgeous, but overnight there was a heavy snow when I did it (mid-March), so be sure to be prepared for any weather conditions.

Trail hiked on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, start time at approximately 0612 hours. Weather report indicated 62°/40°, Sunny; summit report projected 43°, chill 36°, and wind at 15 mph.
If you are not accustomed to cooler weather, be careful to not layer so much. I made the mistake of adding a few more layers then necessary and ditched them within the first mile. I was set to take the Icehouse Canyon Trail to Cucamonga-Peak.
The first mile was a very scenic mile, lots to see and you might get camera crazy. There was nothing fun about mile 2, it was a prelude of what was to come. If you find that you don't like it, make note that it gets worse. At mile 3.5, I got a little disoriented, if you're coming from the icehouse trail, you will see 3 trail head signs. To your left is the 3 T's trail, center is the Cucamonga-Peak trail, and to your right is the Ontario peak trail. Everything is well marked! I think just from being a little tired, I thought I had lost the icehouse trail. From this point on, the following 2. something miles change dramatically in scenery, weather, and terrain. That can't be emphasized enough!
You will be hot, cold, confused and challenged. The last mile is brutal, the switchbacks are relentless, and the terrain switches back and forth from semi rocky to just rocks!! I used trekking poles, and I wouldn't do it again without.
As previous reviewers have mentioned, this trail is doable! I'm not fit at all, I was in agony on the way down, but it's so doable. For it being a Wednesday, I was surprised to see approximately 40-50 people throughout the day. All of those wonderful people were of different ages, younger and older and lots of dogs. You can do this....one foot in front of the other!!!
**There was a chihuahua trekking this trail! Either that was a bad a** chihuahua or I'm just a weenie!**
**Also, I'm not sure if there is etiquette for coming up on someone from behind while in the wilderness, but I'd like to state this: had I not forgotten my bear spray in the car, I probably would have sprayed every man that startled me unannounced! You were fit and stealthy, I thought you were a bear!** Just sayin'.

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!

Hey guys- just a question here. Don't have a car, taking a lyft up to Icehouse Saddle. I wasn't sure how to get back home? Is there a shuttle? Is hitchhiking a terrible option? Might just rent a car but trying to avoid it because after this hike, I think I'd just want to go home instead of making an extra trip. Let me know.
*Also rating this because I need to post this!

a great hike, if you're looking for a workout, this is the hike for you. some is hard surface, some is shale some are loose gravel, so the section between the saddle and the peak is downright dangerous due to loose gravel ,but it's an awesome.

Harder hike than I thought it would be, but worth the views! Get there early so you can get a spot in the parking lot and to beat the crowds. Drink plenty of water...

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.

12 days ago

A quick fun hike. We all dipped our heads in the falls. It was very refreshing. We continued up the road all the way to the Notch restaurant. We did the trip with kids and doigs.

very good hike. Started at Manker Flat and hiked up the paved road to the falls. Very cloudy and could barely see them but oh well. That was not the purpose of the trip. Hiked up the gravel road and decided to do the Notch first, followed by the Backbone, and finally down Baldy bowl. Glad i did as Baldy bowl is pretty steep in places and very slick! Would rather hike down that than up it! Weather was pleasantly cool. Started with a short sleeve shirt, hoodie and coat. Lost the coat after about 10 min. Kept hoodie on entire day but could have easily taken it off and been fine until you get near the top. was definitely chilly up there. Lots of people up top. Maybe around 80. Overall it's a great hike and worth going to the top. views are amazing.

14 days ago

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

Did this with a four others, and it was awesome! We took 6 hours to summit and had the place to ourselves for the night of 5/10. Beautiful trails all the way up, great views, and a perfect sunset. VERY windy up on the top but we slept there anyway. Woke up to a great sunrise and clouds covering everything below, so it felt like a world away. Made it back down in 4.

Take at least 4 liters from Columbine up and you should be good. Be sure not to miss it on the right side of the trail before the saddle.

My first real hike, and it was a doozy. I was pretty overweight and out of shape but I was determined to get to the top so that I could take a good dating profile pic on the rock that hangs over the valley. I was completely unprepared and only packed a granola bar and a liter of water but my buds and I made it up and back in 12 hours with lots of breaks. You pass by a lovely stream, the remains of ruined stone cabins, waterfalls, and a mine with lots of malachite strewn about on the way up. There are about two dozen switchbacks which feel interminable while you're on them and are even worse on the way down when your knees turn to jelly. Pack sunscreen and possibly mosquito repellent, and more water than you think you'll need.

Managed to finish the hike in 7 hours last time I did it in decent shape.

18 days ago

That was tuff but fun

This is a TOUGH 12 mile hike! Physically and mentally. You really have to pay attention the entire time you're moving to avoid tripping over large rocks, roots, and shale. The scenery is really beautiful, lots of backpackers and overnight campers up there. I started at 7am and the parking lot was full. There was shade most of the way up in the morning, but as soon as noon hits it is fully exposed & hot all the way. The switchbacks are LONG, not short like Baden-Powell. Bring 4+ Liters of water, electrolyte and salt chews for that elevation gain. Only 3 stars because of the mass amounts of people & difficult terrain which wore me down mentally before I was physically tired.

subi el domingo 13 de mayo fue como mi septima vez q hago cucamonga y me tomo 3 horas en subir y bajar excelente caminata

Awesome. Definitely tough, but do-able. Killed my water 3/4 of the way back down but chugged some right from a spring. I’ll bring a gallon next time!

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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