Mount Baldy:Trail Stats: Ski Hut Trail via Manker FlatsMileage (r.t.) 8.4Trailhead 6160′Baldy Summit 10,064′Total gain 3900′Gain per mi. 928′
Hello fellow hikers we hiked Mt. Baldy this Saturday and it was a big challenge for everyone. This was not a beginner hike. We had a snack brake around half way up, by the Sierra Club green hut, and a light lunch once we got to the top. Then we hiked down the Devil’s Backbone trail. It was a beautiful day!
Parking at Manker Flat campground requires an Adventure Pass ($5 for the day), which you need to purchase in advance. Passes are available at numerous sporting goods stores, including Big 5.
Getting to the Trailhead:
From the new 210 Freeway extension, driving east: Exit Baseline Road in Claremont. Turn left on Baseline. In one block turn right unto Padua Avenue. In 1.7 miles turn right onto Mt. Baldy Road (stop sign). After 7.2 miles you pass the Angeles National Forest Mt. Baldy Visitor Center in Mt. Baldy Village. Continue a few miles up to Manker Flats.
From the new 210 Freeway extension, driving west: In Upland, exit Mountain Ave./Mt. Baldy Exit, Exit 54. Turn right and proceed north on Mountain Ave. Drive 5 miles to Mt. Baldy Road. Turn right (north) and after 5 miles you pass the Angles National Forest Mt. Baldy Visitor Center in Mt. Baldy Village. You can get a Forest Adventure Pass here. Continue a few miles up to Manker Flats. Park at upper end of Manker Flats Campground in one of the dirt areas near the gated Falls Road on the left (if you reach the ski lift parking lot, you’ve gone too far)
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