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Slow/Moderate Pace Mt. Baldy from the Village & Return via Devils Backbone Trail

  • This hike is cross listed on Best Hikes Of SoCal
  • Baldy from the Village

    Hike Type: Slow to Moderate pace, fast hikers welcome

    Level: Strenuous, 8/10 scale

    Route Type: Up via Bear Cyn Trail, return via Devils Backbone Trail and ski lifts

    Distance: ~10 miles miles via  Devils Backbone Trail

    Elevation gain: 6000 feet

    Terrain: Single-file trail


Adventure Pass is required to park @ Manker Flats Parking lot. A parking permit is not needed for on-street parking in Mount Baldy Village. Carpooling is strongly recommended due to demand of parking spaces on weekends.

Trailhead Map:,-117.657955&hl=en&geocode=&sll=34.237812,-117.657754&sspn=0.001124,0.001714&vpsrc=0&t=h&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=19&ie=UTF8&ll=34.237854,-117.657754&spn=0.001124,0.001714&z=19

Weather Forecast

  • Trail Route summary:

    This hike will take us 6.4 miles from Baldy Village (4200 feet elevation @ The Trailhead) to Mount Baldy Summit (10,063 feet elevation). Return via Devils Backbone Trail & Ski lifts and shuttle to Baldy Visitor Center.

  • We start the hike from Baldy Village in front of the Ranger Station. We begin our ascent by heading northwest, through the public area behind Mt. Baldy Church and onto Shaw Avenue. The trail up to the summit begins near the end of Shaw Avenue, turning to the northeast and working its way steadily upward.

    After about 1 3/4th of a mile, we reach a small clearing and the primitive Bear Flats campground, and then proceed northeast toward the summit, this time ascending in earnest and more steeply. Though quite strenuous, the trail to the summit is well-worn and easy to follow.

    At roughly the halfway point, the route turns more northwest for a time and aims toward West Baldy Peak but then again turns to the northeast after the three-quarter point and makes a fairly straight and gradually-leveling path to the Baldy summit.

  • Please wear one or more wicking shirts appropriate to the Village and Summit temperatures, comfortable hiking shoes or boots.

    Please bring plenty of water, food, a charged cell phone, identification, a headlamp, a signal whistle, a small first-aid kit, bug repellent and sunscreen, sun glasses, a jacket, hat and gloves, a wind/waterproof shell, and any medications or anything else you might need on the trail.

  • Carry plenty of water and some more!!!

    Remember the "Ten Essentials" See the link below for more information.


DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY: Outdoor sports and other events we plan are inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being.  All participants take full responsibility for their own actions.


I am a hiker inviting you to join me and fellow hikers. I am not a guide nor trained search and rescue member and will not carry you up or down the trail.  You need to know your limits and what you need to get yourself there and back safely. You are solely responsible for your safety and well being on any event posted.  No organizer or event host of this group is in any way liable for any injury or misfortune that could occur. You accept all risks when you rsvp "yes" and show up to participate for this event or any other event.

If you are not comfortable with this disclaimer or disagree with this disclaimer, I am asking you to NOT sign up for this hike.

There…I said it. Now let’s go out there and enjoy the beautiful mountain and all it has to offer.

Happy Trails everyone,

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  • Paul

    Thanks for the excellent organization Rashid! Everyone had a great time.

    July 15, 2013

  • Bernie L.

    Wonderful day!

    July 14, 2013

  • Bernie L.

    Gorgeous day to hike from the Village- Thanks for organizing Rashid!

    July 14, 2013

  • Jessie

    Had a great time Rashid. Seeing old friend hikers and meeting new one's. Perfect day and beautiful weather. John and I enjoyed are nice cooled ice Tea at the ski lifts. Thank you so much for setting up this hike. It was a great workout.

    July 14, 2013

  • rashid

    Janae & Bernie, please post a note upon your return and thanks for joining.

    July 13, 2013

    • Janae C

      we made it along with the 2 first timers. We had a great day. Thanks for organizing!

      July 14, 2013

  • Gary F.

    Thank you Rashid and everyone, great day!

    July 14, 2013

  • rashid

    Happy to report all hikers made it to the top, including the newbie and descended safely. I want to thank the drives for hep with the shuttle, for making sure all got rides to their cars and for an escort to the gas station! We had a beautiful day and a great hike. Mingling of 3 groups all the way to the peak was exciting. Oh, thanks to the 'entertainment divas' (men included) for a grand party at the summit.

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Shurovi

    whew! thank goodness, Mr. RK, let me back on the hike...because it was lots fun and I appreciated the return via Devil's backbone :)

    It was wonderful catching up with friends I hadn't seen in a while. Always a party on Baldy- woo hoo!

    2 · July 13, 2013

  • SG

    Fantastic hike as usual. First time down the scenic Devil's backbone and down the skilift trail. So fun! Great seeing Vicky, Shurovi, Rashid and all the awesome hikers. Thank you Shurovi and Jorge for giving me company while Victoria was having her summer break at the waterfalls! :P Thank you Rashid for organizing this!

    4 · July 13, 2013

  • Victoria

    Fun Rashid thank you for organizing, thanks for a very warm & welcoming hike up Bernie. drive up with Sangeetha was great, but almost ran out of gas in her beautiful red VW thanks to ?sherovi for getting us to the gas station safely. I had a great hike thanks to all of you.

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • rashid

    National Weather Svc Forecast for Mt. Baldy area (9550 ft elev)

    Tonight A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. North wind around 5 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

    Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon.

    Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the evening. Expect a pleasant hiking weather. Take a windbreaker, just in case you freeze easily.

    July 12, 2013

  • Vish K.

    If anyone likes to carpool with me, let me know. I will be driving from Westminster/Huntington beach area. I signed up for the same hike on a different group.

    July 12, 2013

  • Victoria

    I would rather crash Rashid's hikes than anyone else's

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • Gary F.

    Anyone in south orange county care to ride share?

    July 10, 2013

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