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

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Three T's Trail
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13 Completed 3 Reviews

This is no easy hike, kicked my ass and would use it again to train for Whitney.

Pros: solitude, beautiful views, hard workout, 3 peaks, good with friends and for trail runners

Cons: temperature swings going from shadows to sun, long days hike, long lasting ice on the trail, 2 cars to start and finish, HARD-HARD-HARD not for first timers

My dad, 2 friends, and myself hiked this from ice house canyon to the baldy ski lift. You park one car in each area, $5 for day use wilderness pass, and $5 for baldy parking lot.

This hike frankly Beat us up! I think the first part to icehouse was the hardest part though.

From the the top of the canyon you come up on an intersection of trails, stay left for 3 T's, and follow it up the land bridges mountain after mountain until you end at the baldy ski resort.

Stay on the right ski trail once at Baldy resort, (the Last of the 3 T's) and it takes you down to the lifts which only work Fri-Sun! So pay those days to take the 15min lift back down to your car, or hike Mt. Baldy and come down the back trail by the Sierra Club Ski Hut, or take the fire road down to your car from baldy resort.

Loved/hated it, would do it again cause I'm crazy.

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Ice House Canyon Trail
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8 Completed 2 Reviews

I love this hike- I've done it many times. A fair warning: a portion (maybe a half mile?) of the trail travels across Telegraph Wash. This portion of the trail is dilapidated and difficult to see. Be sure to look for the trail markers (usually smaller rocks that are stacked in an unnatural way (i.e. by humans)). Trail markers are often used in areas where the trail is difficult to mark or see (i.e. crossing a rock slab or crossing a wash). Here's a great example of this sort of trail marker (from a different hike): https://motionphotographyonline.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/jmt-1-23.jpg

Happy Hiking!

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Icehouse Canyon to Icehouse Saddle Trail
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8 Completed 2 Reviews

I love this hike- I've done it many times. A fair warning: a portion (maybe a half mile?) of the trail travels across Telegraph Wash. This portion of the trail is dilapidated and difficult to see. Be sure to look for the trail markers (usually smaller rocks that are stacked in an unnatural way (i.e. by humans)). Trail markers are often used in areas where the trail is difficult to mark or see (i.e. crossing a rock slab or crossing a wash). Here's a great example of this sort of trail marker (from a different hike): https://motionphotographyonline.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/jmt-1-23.jpg

Happy Hiking!

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Mount San Antonio (Mt. Baldy)
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

The map on this site is wrong. It is not, 1.3 miles to the ski hut, and 1.4 miles of unmaintained trail. The trail is 3.3 miles to the ski hut, and around 2 miles of unmaintained trail around the bowl. Just an fyi...

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Ice House Canyon Trail
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

Hiked Ice House on March 22, and took us awhile because it was very icy. Good hike though.

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Timber Mountain via Icehouse Canyon
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Icehouse Canyon to the saddle will be empty 1/2 before sunrise allowing you to hit the Timber summit before the crowds arrive at the saddle. If you continue north to Telegraph, Thunder and the Baldy Notch you'll see a few likeminded folks. If you return down to the saddle though, expect crowds, kids, pit bulls, yap-yap dogs, etc. to surf through on your way down to the lot. Nice pastime though, is watching people duke it out for parking places as they wonder why there isn't a parking spot just waiting and reserved for them when they arrive at 11:00 or 12:00.

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Devil's Backbone Trail
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5 Completed 4 Reviews

This was a tough trail; especially, the last 1,000 feet hike to the summit. I did enjoy many breathtaking views on the way up. I do recommend lots of water and food for a snack/light meal for the hike up. My saving grace was a Starbucks' frappucino I brought with me. It gave me the energy I needed for that last push to the summit. Travel light and just bring a Camelback with the water and snacks. Anything else is unnecessary weight you don't need. Oh yeah, once you get up to the my Baldy lodge, there are two clear distinct paths to your left. Take the one on the right. It looks arduous at first, but it is better than the one on the left. Happy hiking!

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Mount San Antonio (Mt. Baldy)
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Hiked this in early March. Had limited time and wanted to make the summit, so took the ski lift to save a little of the climb and distance. The elevation gain from the ski lift is still 2000 to 2500 feet though - a strenuous climb.

The Devil's backbone still had quite a bit of snow on it, but was all passable without crampons. I definitely recommend waterproof boots at this time of the year. The view from the top was excellent.

The real adventure for me was on the way down. I met some folks who recommended taking the ski hut trail down because someone had told them it didn't have much snow on it. I had originally planned on going back the way I came - via the Devil's Backbone. I headed down the ski hut trail and after about 1000 feet down I was certainly not on the trail. It is very poorly marked (i.e. not marked at all near the summit). There was also still a lot of snow obscuring what perhaps might be an obvious trail in summer. The trail really does need to be better marked with cairns.

I ended up hiking down a ravine west of the actual trail that passed by the Hellcats plane crashes. I saw the road in the distance and just headed down that way. Had to do some bushwhacking, and carefully slide down large sections loose dirt and rock. My hike ended up going much, much longer than expected and my water supply ran out. I eventually reached a house near the road and the kind folks offered to give me a ride back up to the ski lifts parking lot. I had descended about 4500 feet. They said they have helped at least 20 other hikers who had made the same mistake.

So, you have been warned! I just cannot recommend going down the ski hut trail at this time of the year. You are too prone to lose the trail and get lost on your descent. Other than that, enjoy the hike and bring plenty of water.

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Manker Flats
by Ursus Jaen

11 Completed 9 Reviews

Bring water, Mole skin, and all ten essentials for sure. Very strenuous and very rewarding. Be prepared to spend at least 7 hours if lucky. My friend hurt her toe nail and it turned into a 13 hour hike. Yes, we would do it all over again. This hike is not for a beginner.

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Baldy Notch to Mt. San Antonio Trail
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21 Completed 2 Reviews

Pretty nice route, if not hard to find when there is no visibility and blowing snow. Still, with a little mountain sense, getting up the trail isn't bad. Once you reach the Devils Backbone, turn west and just stay on the ridge, up and over Mt Harwood. Once you reach the sadly between San Antonio and Harwood, stay on the left (southern) ridge line to gain the summit of Baldy/San Antonio.

Only once when coming down were we a little concerned with route finding. After coming back down Harwood and passing Register Ridge, there is an exciting section about 50 feet in length if you stay on the DBB ridge proper. You will see a fork in the ridge line, but make sure to take the North or left fork. It's a 3rd class scramble for a second but you will not be off the ridge on a steep snowfield traversing.

We took the lift up and down, hence why we didn't just descend via the southern ridge all the way to the car. Plus the beer at the Notch was worth the extra distance!!!

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