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off road driving
2 days ago

Can you drive up this trail? it comes up under the Offroad Driving category.

I rated it a 4 because i had to make a rating to post my question. Didnt want to down grade it for a question.

hiking
off trail
rocky
snow
3 days ago

This trial is awesome, it’s super fun to explore. Make sure your brakes are good, also buy a parking slip from the BIG 5 down the canyon so you don’t get a ticket. Hiking shoes are recommended, I wore running shoes and rolled my ankle a few times.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
3 days ago

From the Saddle there was no trail to follow. Tried snowshoeing with crampons; yeah...no. Will come back in May, wayyy to much snow I couldnt find the trail even with All Trails app

Avalanche Danger in the Bowl... Be careful

went up last week. plenty snow only microspikes very difficult to come down
without crampons.
but. worth every effort to see and experienced in snowy days.

Went last Sunday. Beautiful. If you plan to peak crampons and ice pick are mandatory. Maybe even if you don't plan to peak.

hiking
off trail
scramble
snow
5 days ago

Did this again in the snow on 3-18-19. I would not recommend this trek for anyone who has not done it before at this moment in time. The danger level was a 10/10. The fire road to the Notch was closed due to avalanche and rock slides. I could not descend the Backbone due to slush. Ice axe and crampons are MANDATORY for this climb. I lost the trail twice due to snow. Overall it was great, and I would do it again.

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Hiked to he saddle on 3/16. First mile is fine, just a few low water crossings. Beyond that, ice and packed snow on the trail most of the way to the saddle.

did 3T's to Baldy. challenging in the end to tackle Baldy after descending from Telegraph. harder and longer than Ontario to sugarloaf. next bag of peaks will be iron mt to Baldy.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

beautiful falls and beautiful views of the mountains, still with some snow

hiking
off trail
scramble
snow
8 days ago

Summited today. No trail and sheer ice/snow from the last saddle to the peak, microspikes will do the trick. Crampons and ice axe required. Incredible views and beautiful weather, rocked just a t-shirt from start til finish.

hiking
snow
8 days ago

I legitimately almost didn't make it down this hike and wanted to get helicoptered out. 2/3 of the way up the mountain, I started to get a horrific headache because of the altitude. The climb is no joke and seemed never ending, but I was determined to complete the hike! At the top, so many people are hanging out enjoying their snacks and the view above the clouds is so beautiful. Don't be a goober like me and forget gu and energy drinks and LOTS of water. I don't know what I was thinking, but I thought 1 protein bar would sustain me. My glycogen levels were so low coupled with altitude sickness, I legit laid down on the dirty path on my way down for 45 mins because I literally could not take another step without possibly fainting or vomiting. My friend pushed me to get up and stumble down, just below 8000 ft and alas, I started to feel myself coming together again. It's amazing how quickly you recover from altitude sickness. The trail was so rocky going down that it was hard on the knees...I wasn't a fan. Overall, I'm glad I conquered this trail, but I most likely will not ever want to do it again. :)

Awesome hike! Beautiful view. Will definitely be doing it again!

The recorded trail ends at the bear flat sign by a tree - kind of a weird stopping place. Up to this point, it is a nice, uphill but not that difficult hike through a forest. From there, the trail continues through chaparral in switchbacks up towards Mt San Antonio. Nice view, but no shade and more challenging grade. There weren't any sections that were super steep - but it is pretty relentless, leg burning uphill. I turned around at the upper tree line (about 2.5 miles) - since it started to get snowy and I didn't have poles or spikes. Due to the recent rains there are a few stream crossings at the start - 2 small ones before the trail head and a deeper one after.

I would recommend this hike for anyone with a good activity level. Can bring kids up the route for first half mile then gets wet from snow melt. A few rivers to cross. Snow about 85% way up. Great views!!

Icy AF bring a group of people with you, and for sure ice axes, crampons and all the gear. Very beautiful day out awesome climbing but kinda sketch at times

First few miles are easy enough. About 2 miles in micro spikes or crampons are a must, especially in the afternoon when the snow gets slushy. Some of the peak trails are snowed out at the top so be sure to bring proper gear if you plan on summit any peak

hiking
off trail
rocky
snow
washed out
16 days ago

snowshoeing
rocky
snow
20 days ago

Hard !! But the views are so worth it, the slush made for heinous travel.

Bring an extra pair of shoes if you plan on doing this within the next couple of weeks. Road was muddy and wet from snow melt and recent rain. It was around 39 degrees at the falls around noon, so I imagine doing this early morning or late evening would be icy on the fire road. The falls were pumping which meant crossing the river to get under the falls was not safe today, especially since I was the only person at the falls. Enjoy and be safe!

Hiked this yesterday 03/03/2019. Were quite a few people attacking the bowl. I made the peak at about the same time as a few other groups, all went up the bowl different routes. I opted for the west side, east of the actual trail. It was cold and windy per usual, but was an awesome, clear day above the clouds. Going down I decided to hit Mt. Harwood and attempt Devil's Backbone (DB). Right about the time DB was getting precarious, clouds started rolling in and visibility was about 50 feet. About 0.5 miles from Harwood where the DB trail makes a hard left and up before going over and down the extremely narrow portion of the trail, I didn't feel comfortable going that route so opted to try and shimmy down onto the south side of the ridge and track to the trail - big mistake. Once I went down about 100 feet and realized I was not in a good spot, there was no going back the way I came. It was an extremely steep mix of slushy snow, unstable rock slides, mud, and foliage. I planned to track to the trail, however I changed my strategy to attempt to head down toward the creek and then head east toward the ski slopes. I quickly realized that was not a sustainable option so I changed my strategy to head north east and try to slowly gain back some elevation and connect with DB after the most precarious section. I had been down around 8200' and ended up getting back up to the trail about 0.25 miles from where I went off at about 8700', which was a nightmare on that terrain (1.5 hour detour). Once I got back up to the trail past the sketchy section, it was smooth sailing. I was able to look back at the section of the ridge I skipped, and even though my route was possibly more dangerous, the actual trail looked extremely intimidating and unstable. Moral of the story: I do not recommend Devil's Backbone at this time. The bowl was great though!!

Good hike with a beautiful view at the top. You go straight up. Great for pictures at the top.

hiking
snow
24 days ago

Beautiful right now. First mile, patches of ice, then continuous snow tromping all the way to saddle. Agree with the recommendations for poles and micro-spikes (though we made it without the spikes). It was a nice day, and the ascent got us sweaty. Wish we'd thought to put on our dry shells BEFORE cresting the saddle...man, that wind hit the moisture and chilled us fast. By the time I suited up, I was ready to call it a day! But still, beautiful!

Such a great trail! I have been twice this month. Be sure to park beyond the white line along the road. It can be difficult to see in the snow but the Police will have you towed if parked incorrectly. They were announcing via loud speaker it would cost $850. Yikes! Drive safe. Hike safe.

hiking
off trail
snow
27 days ago

I did this hike this last Tuesday. Attempting to summit Cucamonga peak. It took us longer than we thought due to the snow and no trail about half way up. A few people wanted to summit the peak but turned back due to no trail and going the wrong direction. We had trekking poles and micro spikes. It is a nice time to practice self arresting with an ice axe which we didn't bring and using crampons, again, we didn't bring. The spikes only take you so far. On the south side of the creek there was a small avalanche, the foot trail made by people was gone. Spikes would not dig in enough to hold me up on a 45 degree slope. It was beautiful and as always, windy at the saddle. I had done this hike in the summer a couple of years ago. Always windy. Completely different in the snow.

Did this trail about two weeks back after the big storm so there was plenty of snow making it much harder to reach the saddle. Especially near the top where it got really steep and there wasn't much of a trail cause not many people had made it up there recently. We saw two people that reached the saddle before us and one person on the way down about a mile from the saddle that's it. Everyone just stays at the bottom of the icehouse canyon near the river. It was a nice hike just difficult in deep snow with no spikes but I'm going back in spring to go past the saddle to the Cucamonga peak.

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