Mt. Baldy – Hike from lift to peak (Mount San Antonio)

Father’s day was a nice treat with Palmer and I getting a hall pass to hit the trail at Mt. Baldy at 10,068ft! This is a super cool trail that follows a narrow spine to the peak Mount San Antonio a.k.a. “old baldy”. It is names so because the peak loses trees somewhere around 9,000ft and stays bare to the top.

We hiked from the lift up to the peak which is a short trek of about 6.5 miles round trip. It’s very steep and mixed with the altitude gives it a moderate/strenuous rating. We saw a lot of people that shouldn’t have been up there and had to turn around. One lady was frozen from her fear of heights on one of the narrow sections. The devils backbone section boasts narrow sections with extreme drops on both sides.

Needless to say it was a fun way to spend Father’s day and I would love to head back out and hike it again.

You can extend the hike about 4 miles by parking at the Manker Flats Campground and hiking the access road up the hill. A good addition if you want the extra miles.

Start Location: Google maps > Mt Baldy Ski Lifts

Cost: In June the lift is $15 one way or $25 round trip

Trail Route: off the lift, head left and all trails lead to the top.

Distance: 6.5 Miles

Elevation Gain: approx 2,400ft

Time: 3 hours at a moderate pace

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous (Due to elevation gain and altitude)

Kid/Family Friendly: Not for young kids, maybe 6-7 at the youngest on a cool day. You may have a challenge keeping them motivated on this one.

Warnings: MOUNTAIN LION AND BEAR HABITAT, NO WATER, VERY LITTLE SHADE