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Baldy Bowl Trail #7W02



3.1 mile 5.0 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 3,412' 1,040 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 9,992' 3,046 m
Low: 6,580' 2,006 m


Avg Grade: 21% (12°)
Max Grade: 69% (35°)


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Trail shared by Tilman Giese

A steep trail connecting Manker Flats Campground to Mt. Baldy.

Tilman Giese

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Need to Know

Adventure Pass required for parking at Manker Flat. Snow and ice can be present late in spring. Be prepared for dramatic changes in weather.


The trail starts along the Baldy Road #3N01 0.8 miles from Manker Flat. It climbs steeply on the east side of the canyon above San Antonio Falls with intermittent shade from oaks, Jeffrey pines and white fir. After 1.5 miles, it enters Baldy Bowl where the Sierra Club operates a ski lhut. There is a nearby spring which has nice wildflowers.

From the hut, the trail traverses west over a large slide area (the formation of the "bowl") then climbs to the top of a ridge directly south of Mt. San Antonio, aka "Mt. Baldy". The trail is less well defined as it climbs steeply north and there are multiple routes up the rocky ridge. They all lead to a saddle just below the summit. The last pitch is steep, but the trail surface is easier to follow. Be sure to look behind you when you reach the summit as there are multiple trails connecting there.

This trail is commonly chosen as part of a loop to Mt. Baldy. If you take this trail up to Mt. Baldy, be prepared for some arduous hiking and climbing.

Flora & Fauna

Oaks, Jeffrey pines, sugar pines, lodgepole pines, white fir offer occasional shade. There are limber pines near the summit. Buckthorn, manzanita and chinquapin are the most common ground cover. Watch for bighorn sheep.

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Aug 3, 2019
Sophia Lin
Jul 15, 2019
Brynna cadman
Jun 24, 2019
John McGonagle
Stats are for ascent (3900') only 3.4mi — 3h 45m
May 12, 2019
Manny Car
Dec 30, 2018
mountain dude 101
hard packed snow everywhere beyond the ski hut, 8300ft and above 4mi
Dec 29, 2018
Eva Cano
Dec 29, 2018
Veggie Max
Jul 4, 2018
Scott S

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