The lower Barrett-Stoddard Trail is pristine and lush
Come enjoy a scenic hike in the Cucamonga Wilderness along the Barrett-Stoddard trail. This hike is generally moderate, with ample time to take breaks and enjoy the views. No fast paced, just easy-going.
The Barrett-Stoddard trail is a road-less-traveled in the "lowlands" of Mt. San Antonio, a section of which winds along a shelf region that parallels the San Antonio Canyon.
Other sections lead to ridge-lines and peaks, with breathtaking views along the entire course. The trail and the area are unspoiled and pristine.
Hike Characteristics by Section
This hike is considered an "IN-and-OUT" hike, as opposed to a loop hike. There are three sections that make up the hike. The first section is inescapable, the other two are entirely optional.
Section I - San Antonio Canyon to Stoddard Flat
Distance: 5 miles round-trip
Elevation gain/loss: 1,450ft / 750ft each way
SectionII - Stoddard Flat to Stoddard Peak (optional)
Distance: 1 mile round-trip
Elevation gain/loss: 260ft / 375ft each way
Section III - Stoddard Flat to Frankish Peak (optional)
Distance: 7 miles round-trip
Elevation gain/loss: 1,070 ft / 1,342 ft each way
Section I: 5 miles round-trip
Section I + Section II: 6 miles round-trip
Section I + Section III: 12 miles round-trip
Hikers enjoying a scenic day along the Barrett-Stoddard Trail
Trailhead and Parking
The trailhead is just off of Mt Baldy Road, where it meets up with Barrett-Stoddard Truck Trail and Mountain Ave. Just off the road is a very small parking lot adjacent to a powerplant/ power station. The parking area tends to get crowdedby visitors to the San Antonio River nearby. Overflow parking is available in nearby turnouts on Mt. Baldy Road.
Link to the trailhead: View Larger Map
View of the parking lot/trailhead looking south
Forest Adventure Passes are required to park in the turnouts just off Baldy Rd, though I don't think one is required in the parking lot off the road near the power station. I've never seen any car displaying one, and I've never seen anyone get cited for not having one in this area.
The 9th District Court of Appeals ruled that a visitor to a National Forest who does not make use of any facilities (i.e. restrooms, picnic benches, develped campsites, etc) is not required to purchase a Forest Adventure Pass. You can read the details here:
If you still feel compelled to purchase a Forest Adventure pass, you can buy one at the Angeles National Forest Mt. Baldy Visitor Center in Mt. Baldy Village open Saturday.. 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday...7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mt. Baldy village is a few miles past the trail-head for this hike. For more information you call (909)[masked] or contact the San Gabriel River Ranger District Office at (626) 335-1251.
LINK : The Angeles National Forest Service, Mt. Baldy Visitor Center Interpretive Website
Use your own judgement and be informed about the applicable laws.
Link to the trailhead: View Larger Map
Section I Detail
San Antonio Canyon to Stoddard Flat
This section travels just above a shelf at the west side of the base of Mt. San Antonio. In the morning, the trail is mostly shaded by the mountain, so cooler temps prevail even during the summer months.
The conifers at Stoddard Flat stand silently at a cool elevation of 4,450 feet
Section II Detail
Stoddard Flat to Stoddard Peak
This section of the hike will take us along a ridge line with magnificent views of Mt. San Antonio to the east and San Antonio Canyon and the Sunset Ridge range to the west.
This section of the hike is a bit more challenging than the other two in a couple of ways.
Impressive boulders along the ridge line
First, the initial portion consists of a very narrow trail that barely creates a space in between the tall shrubs. It winds up the side of the hill at a somewhat steep grade towards the crest line. But it's really not as bad as it sounds . . . really . . . unless you're overly accustomed to luxurious 4-wide trails.
This initial portion doesn't require any special skills either, other than some sure-footing and an ability to tolerate somewhat scratchy brush.
Outcroppings along the narrow ridge near Stoddard Peak
Mt San Antonio from Stoddard Peak
Another feature that makes this section unlike the others is the simple fact that travelling along the ridge line from one peak to the next (there are a couple of peaks) can be rather challenging in some places due to large outcroppings and boulders along the ridge which tend to "get in the way" of easy hiking.
Frankish Peak in the distance
To avoid these obstacles a hiker is forced to go around them by taking a course on either side of the ridge line where there is little room to pass and the slopes are treacherously steep. But not to worry, young kids manage this sort of thing all the time . . .
The Stoddard Peak marker. Sunset Peak is in the background.
There is a visitor log book at Stoddard Peak. Members are encouraged to sign it . . .
Section III Detail
Stoddard Flat to Frankish Peak
This section winds around the base of Mt. San Antonio (Mt. Baldy). Then dips into a wide saddle between Mt. San Antonio and Frankish Mountain. From the saddle, the trail then climbs up the north face to Frankish Peak, which sits at an elevation of 4,200 feet.
A stand of conifers clings to the mountainside
Section III crosses small streams in shaded canyons which are dotted with stands of pine trees and cedars. Frankish Peak affords wide views of the Pomona Valley and mountain ranges far to the south.
Lush growth near the ridge canyons
Lichen, moss and other flora are abundant all along the trail
Overview map: Section I in Green, Section II in PINK, Section III in YELLOW
Waiver of Liability
Please read carefully before signing up for this event. By participating in this event you agree to not hold this assistant organizer or Meetup liable for any harm to you or your property. This assistant organizer is not a professional hiker or leader, and is not trained to provide medical assistance. Hiking/walking involves inherent dangers, including but not limited to, the potential for falls, and fractures. You are responsible for your own safety and making sure you are appropriately equipped and have the physical ability to participate in this event. Always use your own common sense, let the hike organizer know if you are leaving the group, walk with a partner and stay on the trail.