Hiking Trails

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 foot level to the Top Of The Notch Restaurant and, on a clear day, a view of Catalina Island.

Alternatively hikers can take the service road from the Ski Area parking lot to the Top Of The Notch Restaurant.

The easiest way to Mt Baldy peak (10,064ft) 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.

If hikers start in the Ski Area parking lot rather than riding the lift there is a thirty five hundred foot elevation gain with about a 6 mile hike. This is a much more strenuous route.

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.

Other trail routes include:

Desert View: A short 5-10 minute walk from the restaurant 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. Final decent 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 @ 9552ft (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:
  • 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 spine starts from Baldy Notch and ends at Mount Baldy, the highest summit in the San Gabriel Mountain. Devils 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