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


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Map Key

3.1

Miles

5.0

KM

Point to Point

9,992' 3,046 m

High

6,580' 2,006 m

Low

3,412' 1,040 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

21%

Avg Grade (12°)

69%

Max Grade (35°)

Dogs Leashed

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.

Description

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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Tilman Giese

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  4.4 from 16 votes

#4

in Mt. Baldy

#677

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#4

in Mt. Baldy

#84

in California

#677

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Photos

Following the leader!
May 20, 2019 near Wrightwood, CA
Windswept trees just below the summit...
May 20, 2019 near Wrightwood, CA
Summit of Mt. San Antonio facing south-east.
Aug 5, 2015 near Wrightwood, CA
Using my hands to hike...
May 20, 2019 near Wrightwood, CA
Downed Tree...
May 20, 2019 near Wrightwood, CA
Blue skies on the way to the top of Badly.
May 20, 2019 near Wrightwood, CA

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Jul 4, 2022
William Nicolas
Did it with Sami. Went down the Harwood ridge.
Jan 17, 2022
Mark Marino
Jun 28, 2020
William Nicolas
Climbed up the Baldy bowl with Justin, connected again with Mt Harwood and went down the Harwood ridge. 7.4mi — 3h 00m
Jun 7, 2020
William Nicolas
Connected with Mt Hardwood and Hardwood ridge.
May 23, 2020
Shannon Crow
Oct 14, 2019
Kerry Seabrook
6h 00m
Aug 3, 2019
Sophia Lin
Jul 15, 2019
Brynna cadman