Past Meetup

Jones Peak--Invigorating Conditioning Hike and Home for Lunch

This Meetup is past

14 people went

Bailey Canyon Park

451 West Carter Avenue · Sierra Madre, CA

How to find us

We will meet at the restrooms next to the parking lot.

Location image of event venue


Organizer: Kim Thomas

Hike assistant: None

Location: Sierra Madre

Hike difficulty: Level 6/10

Distance: 6.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,215'

Time: 3 hours or less

Trail condition: The trail to Jones Peak is well maintained until Jones Saddle - but from there it's just a short, easily navigable scramble to the summit. Last 100 feet to summit is steep, rocky and can be slippery.

Rain cancels as this area is prone to flash flooding.

Water: You must carry a minimum of 2 liters.

Guest: May bring a strong +1

Dog: on leash

Toilette: By parking lot


What to bring & wear: Please refer to US Hiking Day Hike Equipment List (, and Organizer's Choice List (

Directions: From the 210, exit on Baldwin Avenue in Sierra Madre and head north. When the street ends at a housing development, turn left onto Carter Avenue. Continue on Carter until it ends, keeping straight at the intersection with Oak Crest Drive. The entrance to Bailey Canyon Park is on your left. Parking is free and the park is open from dawn until dusk (overnight parking not allowed). The trailhead is at the far western side of the lot

Parking: Limited free parking at parking lot. Please note the lot fills up fast on weekends; arrive early and if full, you may park on the residential streets surrounding the park.


Please Chip In:

US Hiking is a social group for hikers. Our events are organized like house parties. Like a regular house party, it costs money to host one. It is customary for guests to help out any way they can to lessen burden on the host. That is the same for hikes. You can bring food, provide carpool or chip in to help out.

Suggested Event Contribution: $ 6 (Chip in link) (


Venue Overview:

The trail leading out of Bailey Canyon Park up to Jones Peak is well maintained. This is NOT A BEGINNER Hike. This 3.3 miles uphill averages about 700 feet of gain per mile. It will be a short but decent work-out until we reach the saddle. We will go at a moderate to fast pace.

Once we reach the saddle, we can make the short, steep climb south to Jones Peak. The approach to the last 100 feet of Jones Peak is very steep, rocky and at times slippery so hiking poles and good shoes are strongly recommended.

The final, short loose path to the summit. The view is worth the extra 0.1 mile!


Our Mission:

To lift people up through hiking.

Our Policy:

We're volunteers: Your hike leaders receive no monetary nor in-kind compensation of any kind for organizing this event.

Profile photo:

Anyone interested in joining US Hiking must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of our group. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up for an event.

Waiting list priority: People who hike with with US Hiking regularly will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.

Advanced hikes: Anyone interested in participating in advanced hikes (>3,000' elevation gain or distance > 10 miles or Difficulty Level > = 7) will be subject to prescreening before his/her name will be added to the list. Therefore, interested hiker must share with the event host his/her recent hiking background to establish proficiency before his/her name will be added to the list.

Early departure: If a hiker needs to be separated from the group for any reason, he/she must inform the event host. Not knowing a hiker's where about may prompt the event host to report a hiker's missing to proper authority for further actions.

No show: If you sign up for an event but did not show up, you will be removed from the next event you sign up.


Warning and Disclaimer:

If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.


Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

This group, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in this event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event.

In addition, you and your guests are acknowledging that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2: