Let's take a leisurely stroll with the ultra-slowpoke Lazy Ass Hiking group to the summit of Stoddard Peak. We'll walk through the tree-lined Barrett Canyon and follow the truck trail past Cascade Canyon to the Stoddard Saddle, where we will then plunge through the overgrowth and scramble for a half mile across two false peaks to the true Stoddard Peak.
Stoddard Peak (4624´) is located on the shoulder of Ontario Peak overlooking San Antonio Canyon. Despite its diminutive stature among the huge peaks circling the canyon, Stoddard offers excellent views of Mt. Baldy and is an enjoyable exercise hike or half-day excursion.
Distance: 6 miles (out and back)
Elevation Gain: 1100 feet
Hiking Time: 3 hours (more like 4 hours at our pace)
Source: Money Harris, David; Money Harris, Jennifer [masked]). Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide (http://amzn.to/1egG5lQ) (Kindle Locations[masked]). Wilderness Press. Kindle Edition.
Please Note: The portion of the trail from the Stoddard Saddle up the hill is severely overgrown so full length hiking pants are highly recommended. Even if its hot.
What To Bring: Bring at least one and a half to two liters of water and energy snacks. Wear hiking boots or trail shoes with good tread, full-length hiking pants (unless you want your legs all scratched up), sun hat, sunscree and trekking poles if you use them.
Adventure Pass: You will need to display a valid Adventure pass to park in the Barrett Stoddard Parking Area.
Getting to the Trailhead: The Stoddard Peak Trailhead Parking Area is located on Mt. Baldy Road and Barrett-Stoddard Road about 3.3 miles past (north of) Shinn Road/Mountain Ave on the right side. It's just a dirt parking lot in the clearing.
Trailhead GPS Coordinates:[masked], -117.667614.
Restrooms: There are NO restrooms of any kind at the trailhead or trail so plan accordingly.
Waiver of Liability: This group, its organizer and assistant organizers,will not beheld responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during group hikes. If you sign up and come on this hike/outing, you are acknowledging that you freely and voluntarily assume all risks of injuries and damages and agree to participate in the hike/outing.