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Stoddard Trail to Stoddard Flat, Stoddard Peak, Frankish Peak

  • May 19, 2012 · 8:00 AM
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The lower Barrett-Stoddard Trail is pristine and lush

Description

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

Combined-section Distances

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:

http://www.socaltrailriders.org/forum/general-discussion/62603-9th-circuit-court-illegal-charge-forest-access.html)

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.

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  • Dave

    A nice little hike on a beautiful day. Sal was very knowledgeable, and the small group was all around great.

    May 25, 2012

  • Larry

    Gave it a 3 due to the trail conditions close to the summit of Frankish. Sal and I toughed it out only to have to turn back and tertminate the hike due to the trail being completely overgrown. Oh well, such is life in the great outdoors...!

    May 20, 2012

  • Sandy

    Sounds amazing!! I will definitely join you on the next one! My sciatic nerve is my issue, so a few more adjustments & some stretches & I'll be good as new again! Glad to hear it turned out well. Soak those feet & count me in for the next one!!

    May 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The hike up to Stoddard Flat was wonderful. The group moved at a really good pace on the shadow-laden trail to Stoddard Flat and held together as a group pretty tightly, getting to know one another along the way.

    From Stoddard Flat, the entire group ascended (Section II) to Stoddard Peak, bagging another unnamed peak along the way. In the same way we picked up an extra peak, we also picked up an extra hiker by the name of Chris who joined us for most of the rest of the day and unfortunately, a hiker (Lety) lost her phone at some point.

    After coming off the peak, most of the group headed back down the mountain to and called it a day. Larry and I however (and even "h4ngedm4n" and Chris for a stretch) decided to do Section III. We did not make it to Frankish peak proper, due to impassible shrub on the trail, but we came within a thousand feet or so close. I had a really good experience all around and look forward to hiking with any one from this group once again.

    May 20, 2012

  • Sarah C.

    Sounds fabulous. Glad you had a good time. I got to watch the Amgen race which was thrilling for me to see. I might go back there next week! Thank you, Sal.

    May 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    My feet are killing me! It would have been nice to have you join us, but what can we do when fate decides against it? Next time 4 sure you have to go with - the Peak is totally do-able and makes for a quick in/out hike you can finish by noon - and then there are large pools of water in the riverbed waiting for the weary hiker . .. :)

    1 · May 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a nice hike, Sandy. Ten of us made it to Stoddard peak in little over an hour, signed the climber's register, hung out up there a bit and enjoyed the views. Afterwards, most of the party headed back down the hill. Four of us headed for Frankish peak; and then we lost another two hikers. In the end, it was Larry and I who *almost* made it to Frankish peak. I say almost because the road/trail was impossible to pass near the top of the mountain due to overgrown shrubs. 14.3 miles ...

    1 · May 19, 2012

  • Sandy

    Seriously a bummer! I was really looking forward to it!! Hope the turnout was great.... Oh & the "check is in the mail" .... LOL!!
    I hope I'm not out of commission long either.

    May 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    And sorry to hear about your back, Sandy. Hope it doesn't put you out of commission for too long.

    May 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ah bummer, Sandy - we'll miss you, and you're going to miss a fantabulous hike. No problem though, just be sure to send your cancellation fee of $39.95 in the mail. Thanks! ;)

    1 · May 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Welcome aboard, Sarah, Eleanor! See you guys bright and early tomorrow morning.

    May 18, 2012

  • Sandy

    I have to cancel this weekend. So sorry I'm gonna miss this!

    May 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Glad you and your guest could come to the hike tomorrow, Matt!

    May 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great, Dave! Thanks!

    May 18, 2012

  • Dave

    Sal - I will pick up Rick in Rancho...

    May 18, 2012

  • Lety

    Thanks Sal! looking forward to the early hike :)

    May 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    h4ngedm4n, where are you located? Let's see if we can arrange for you to get a ride up.

    May 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Glad to have you and your husband on board, Lety!

    May 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Next time, Luciano. I hope the admins will let me put this on the calendar again soon. You might want to consider the hike up to Baldy Summit that is on the calendar for this Sunday!

    -S

    May 17, 2012

  • Luciano

    wow... wish i didn't have solid plans that sat. thanks Sal.

    May 17, 2012

  • Dave

    Thanks, Sal - looking forward to meeting everyone on this hike.

    May 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dave asked:

    "I am planning on hiking sections 1 & 2, and then have to
    depart. Is that OK? "

    Sure Dave, that's perfectly acceptable, in fact, it's one of the route combinations. Sections I + II (6 miles round trip).

    Thanks for signing up!

    May 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Come on hiking people let's do this!

    May 13, 2012

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