Hiking? Make it a loop!

One of the most popular Southern California Hiking trails starts from the Ski Area parking lot. Hikers can ride the ski lift, which is operational on weekends during summer, to the 7800 ft elevation to the Top Of The Notch Restaurant, and on a clear day, views of Catalina Island can be seen, roughly 70 miles away.

The easiest way to Mt Baldy peak (10,069ft) from the Top Of The Notch, is along Devil’s Backbone. It is about three and a half miles one way with a gain of twenty two hundred feet in elevation. Be prepared with good hiking equipment and solid knowledge of the exploring the mountains.

Alternatively, hikers can take the service road from the Ski Area parking lot to the Top Of The Notch Restaurant. If hikers choose this option the distance is a thirty five hundred foot elevation gain along the approximate 6 mile hike. This is a much more strenuous route than the chair lift.

The peak at Mt Baldy is large, flat, and treeless, hence the name. As it is the highest peak in the Angeles National forest. Mt Baldy offers panoramic views of Southern California cities, deserts, mountains and oceans. The hike to the summit is well worth it! On your way back down, stop at The Notch for a refreshing craft brew and a Notch Burger. After all you’ve earned it!

Other trail routes include:

Desert View:
A short 5-10 minute walk from the restaurant, which takes you to a view of the high desert of southern California. The sights include panoramas of Victorville, Hesperia, Apple Valley, Cajon Pass, Northern Lytle Creek Canyon and more.

Three T’s:
Starts at the Top of the Notch Restaurant and goes about 8 miles through three different peaks; Thunder, Telegraph & Timber. The final descent of the hike lets out in Ice House Canyon.

Mt. Harwood:
On the way to the summit of Mt Baldy is Mt. Harwood, about 2.5 miles from the Top of the Notch Restaurant. This peak is at an elevation of 9552 ft (about 500ft less than summit of Mt Baldy). This is a great exploratory hike for those who would like to check out the scenery.

Mt. Baldy Fireroad
This loop begins at the Manker Flats trailhead just past the campgrounds heading towards the San Antonio Falls and taking the winding fire road up to The Notch.

Distance: 2.8 miles
Elevation change: 1800ft
Open to: Hikers, Bikers, dogs

Devil’s Backbone Trail
Devils Backbone Trail offers spectacular views from an impressive ridge-top trail. The spine-tingling hike along a tantalizing ridge starts from the Mt. Baldy Notch and ends at the Mt. Baldy summit, the highest in the San Gabriel Mountains. Devil’s Backbone Trail is 3.3-miles long with 2,350 feet of elevation gain.

Distance: 6.6 miles (out and back)
Elevation change: 2350 feet
Open to: Hikers, dogs

Thunder Mountain
via Turkey Shoot and Devil’s Backbone Trail

Distance: 1.5 miles
Elevation change: 2350 feet
Open to: Hikers, dogs