Mt Baldy

Join the largest community of outdoor enthusiasts.

Get Started

Upgrade to Pro

Unlimited access to National Geographic TOPO! & Trails Illustrated Maps

Learn More »

Best Trails

Big Santa Anita Canyon Trail via Chantry Flat

Sierra Madre, CA

Hiking
+

More Activities

Walking
Equestrian

A 50 foot waterfall, cascades, lush wilderness, this hike has it all! This is also called Sturtevant Falls.

  • Best Hiking

  • Best Mountain Biking

  • Best Trail Running

Recent Reviews

Picture?width=50&height=50

Icehouse Canyon to Icehouse Saddle Trail
by

3 Completed 2 Reviews

I really enjoyed this trail. It's not recommended for beginners because it has a very steep incline. It is rocky and you need to watch your footing. I would definitely do this trail again. It was gorgeous but very windy.

Picture?width=50&height=50

Mount San Antonio (Mt. Baldy)
by

30 Completed 17 Reviews

Hiked the loop the "back" way starting on the fire trail and up past the Sierra Club hut. Definitely an intense route but with the perk of far more shade than the Devil's Backbone which we returned on.

Keep an careful eye out for the fork to this route -- it's just a few minutes after the fire road splits and on your left but feels like a trick that you miss at first and then totally notice after doubling back. The route up was pretty solid and well populated to the hut; after that the path forks in many ways, we followed a less than ideal trail around which resulted in some scrambling so watch your route. Back down was hot (we started just before 8, summit ed just before 11 and would not want to be up any later than that), sunny and exposed but a great view and a cool narrow trail to wander down. We jumped on the lift ($12 one way) to shave off some of the final knee pounding downhill and skip the repeat fire road walk.

Icon_

Mount San Antonio (Mt. Baldy)
by

6 Completed 4 Reviews

Hiked to the summit, beautiful day, but a little windy. Ascended up the Devils Backbone and descended via the west route to the Sierra Club hut, then down to Manker Campground. The trail on the west side was very washed out from the heavy rains a couple of weeks ago, but still manageable. Saw a Male Big Horn Sheep and a smaller one just a bit before the summit on the Devils Backbone. There was a couple of small streams just before and after the Sierra hut, other then that no other water.

Icon_f1a282449f76170253eebf2b36672b8b

Mt. Baldy Notch Trail
by

9 Completed 9 Reviews

I parked in Manker Flats, took the Ski Hut Trail to Mt. Baldy, went down Devil's Backbone to the Notch and took a chair lift down to the ski lift parking area, from there it's a short walk to your car in Manker Flats. 7.4 miles, 4 hours 31 minutes total including lunch. We left the house at 6am, started the trail at 7:32am and got to the notch at 12:04pm. The ascent on the ski hut trail was pretty brutal. It was a Sunday so there were a ton of people, in the parking lot, along the way, and at the top. The chair lift down was $12 each, it was super nice. To walk back to the car in Manker Flats from the bottom of the chair lift, you take the drainage ditch on the left side to pass over the parking lot that switches back and forth. Then you take the road a short way to the parking lot. The chair lift only runs in summer on Fri, Sat, Sun. The Notch restaurant is only open those days too, but Mon-Thurs they leave the men's restroom open.

Person_placeholder

Icehouse Canyon to Icehouse Saddle Trail
by

1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great hike literally kicked my butt! Im summer months highly recommend starting early am, I started at 730am, that why you are shaded for the full climb up. Otherwise sun is on the trail on late am/ early afternoon. Suggest trekking poles, I didn't and wished I had. Beautiful well maintained trail. Will be back.

Picture?width=50&height=50

Devil's Backbone Trail
by

8 Completed 1 Reviews

We hiked up to the top of Mt. Baldy on the super moon night... the views from the top.. the sunset on 1 side, the super moon rise on the other.. ahhh.. words fail to share the experience :) MUST DO SoCal hike!

And yes it is strenuous; please keep warm clothes and headlamps if you plan to hike down after sunset! EnjoY!

Icon_

Mount San Antonio (Mt. Baldy)
by

11 Completed 9 Reviews

Very challenging hike with the steep inclines, the length of the hike itself, and the elevation gain. The thinning of the air was quite noticeable when we first started out, especially since I'm not accustomed to higher altitudes. If you decide to go via devil's backbone make sure you're not scared of heights. There are several sections that have a narrow path, but it's still enough to go one-by-one. Definitely recommend a hat since there are a lot of sections where there's no tree coverage. Also, make sure to take pictures as you're climbing up and going down. I thought there was more interesting scenery along the way versus at the very top.

Icon_

Devil's Backbone Trail
by

14 Completed 13 Reviews

I started off well from the notch towards the summit, over Devils Backbone trail. All was ok until the last climb to the summit. I should have taken more rests on the way up. this kicked my butt. I'm in decent shape and in low 50's. Sometimes when hiking, I feel I'm the hare and the people passing me are the turtles. I tend to not want people passing me so I tend to overwork myself too soon. My friends tell me to get over it. No big deal if someone passes you! Ok, I get it but when there are older ladies passing me, It is embarrassing to me. I'm told, by the one older lady, that I need to find a pace that is comfortable and where my breathing stays in check. I will take here advice because I would sure like to be able to do this hike as well as she did when I'm here age. On to the next hike!

Picture?width=50&height=50

Icehouse Canyon to Icehouse Saddle Trail
by

8 Completed 8 Reviews

I couldn't find the right trail on here so this is the closest i could find.. . we did this trail and then continued on past the saddle, and Kelly Camp to Ontario Peak and Bighorn Peak. It was a very long day but the weather was perfect for exploring in the Angeles National Forest. This whole route was about 14 miles, out and back. There is a bottle opener at the top of Ontario Peak, so next time i'll celebrate with a beer - the test will be getting up quick enough so that it's still cold. ..

Picture?width=50&height=50

Devil's Backbone Trail
by

32 Completed 26 Reviews

Great hike, clear sky today. First time hike to Devils Backbone challenging but worth the hike.

Support