During winter Mt Baldy is the snow-capped mountain that highly visible from most of Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire. It remains one of the most photographed sites in Southern California.
Skiers, snowboarders and tubers are very well acquainted with Mt Baldy. When the snow melts Mt Baldy attracts a different breed of visitor. Hikers and mountain bikers take on Mt Baldy and test their endurance against the variety trails available all over the mountain.
The peak looks imposing, but most residents do not realize that Mt Baldy is within a 60 minute drive for most Southern California residents.
San Antonio Falls
It doesn’t take much energy to visit the San Antonio Falls, a 75 foot waterfall that is just a few minute walk from the main road. When visiting the Falls you will need an Adventure Pass to park on Mt Baldy Road. Alternatively you can park in the Ski Area parking lot for free and walk back down to the Falls Road.
Some of the best Southern California hiking trails are available at Mt Baldy.
At 10,064 feet, Mt Baldy is the highest summit of the San Gabriel Mountains and within 60 minutes from Los Angeles, Orange County and most of the Inland Empire.
During the winter when it is capped with snow Mt Baldy is in one of the most visible and highly photographed sites in Southern California.
For the rest of the year Mt Baldy is home to some of the best Southern California hiking trails for all ages and abilities.
An Adventure Pass is required for parking anywhere along Mt Baldy Road. Passes are available for $5.00 from the Visitor Information Center in the Village. Some local merchants such as Mt Baldy Lodge, Snow Crest Lodge, Mt Baldy Trout Pools and Hansen’s Honey also sell passes.
Here’s a tip. Save yourself $5.00 and the aggravation of obtaining a pass by parking free of charge in the Ski Area parking lot then start your hiking from there.
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 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 five hundred feet in elevation.
If hikers start in the Ski Area parking lot rather than riding the lift there is a three thousand eight hundred foot elevation gain with a about a seven 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.
Mt Baldy Ski Area parking lot can be reached from the 210 freeway and taking the Mountain Avenue exit in Upland. Go north and follow signs to Mt Baldy. Take Mt Baldy Road all the way through the Village until the road dead ends in the Ski Area parking lot.
Steep inclines and rugged terrain makes Mt Baldy popular with road racers and mountain bikers alike.
Skiing and Snowboarding mtbaldy.com
Skiing and snowboarding is by far the biggest attraction at Mt Baldy.
Although other resorts such as Big Bear may have a bigger name Mt Baldy is a bigger resort, and considered by the initiated, to have better snow especially after a storm.
Mt Baldy offers all levels of skiing and boarding from the very beginner to the steepest vertical drop in Southern California. Offering 26 runs spanning 3 Mountains covering 800 acres and 2,100 vertical feet, only Mt Baldy can you get the full experience.
Wide open glades, tree runs, bowls, moguls, groomed runs, cornices and natural wave like quarter pipes. It is a common site to see many of the local riders toting a back pack and riding off into our famous tree runs to grab a bite and take in the views.
We strongly suggest that you check the Snow Report and Road Conditions at mtbaldy.com before making the trip.
Learn To Ski Or Snowboard Packages mtbaldy.com
Historically Mt Baldy has gained the reputation as a resort only for the expert skier or snowboarder. While there are runs for the experts Mt Baldy also has an outstanding Ski and Snowboard School.
All attendees at the Ski and Snowboard School are taught on very flat slopes! ¬†Learners graduate to the other slopes at their own speed.
All Ski Packages include rental skis, boots & poles, one beginner area lift ticket and one beginner group lesson.
All Snowboarding Packages include rental snow board, boots and one beginner area lift ticket and one beginner group lesson.
Group lesson are approximately 60-90 minutes long. Please allow at least one hour to rent your equipment.
The Ski School does not rent clothing so make sure you check with them about proper attire.
If you are a first time visitor to a mountain community in winter please ask about snow chains.
The Tubing Park is located at the top of the first chair lift and sponsored by Monster Energy. Tubing is very popular with teenagers and involves riding down cultivated snow channels on an inner tube.
The Tubing Park is also gaining popularity with families as parents can bring their kids tubing while Mom and Dad enjoy food, drink and the view at the nearby Top of the Notch restaurant.
Trout Ponds (mtbaldytroutpools.com)