Friday, September 2, 2011

San Antonio Falls

About San Antonio Falls:
Mount San Antonio, commonly known as Old Baldy or Mt. Baldy, at 10,068ft is the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, and the highest point in Los Angeles County. Mount San Antonio's sometimes snow-capped peaks are visible on clear days and dominate the view of the Los Angeles skyline. Mount San Antonio has two peaks: the main peak, with an elevation of 10,068 ft. and sub-peak, West Baldy, at 9,988 ft. Nearby are San Antonio Creek and San Antonio Falls. The creek descends through a gorge and forms several waterfalls. The last drop has a height of about 75 feet.

Date/Time:
August 29, 2011
10am - 11am


Location:
Coming from Long Beach, Ca I took the 405 south/ San Diego Freeway to the 605 north for 27.3 miles to the 210 east/ Foothill freeway towards Foothill freeway/ San Bernardino for 7.8 miles. Exit base line rd. and at the light make a left onto Base Line rd. Take the first right onto Padua Ave. for 1.8 miles and make a right onto Mt. Baldy rd. Continue up the mountain till you reach the Mt. Baldy Village. An adventure pass is needed and they can be found at the lodge or up the street a very short distance at the visitors center. You can also get them online here or find a location near you here. After you get your adventure pass follow Mt. Baldy rd. further up the mountain to Manker Flats and park at upper end of Manker Flats Campground in one of the dirt areas near the gated Falls Rd. on the left. If you reach the ski lift you have gone a little to far. To see exactly where you will be parking for this trail go to the google map on the right side of the screen, Click on the small link below the map that says Jessie's trails in dark blue and look for the trail you want to hike.

Hours:
Sunrise - Sunset

Difficulty:
Easy (short incline)

Elevation:
Trailhead- 6160'
Falls- 6400'
Elevation Gain- 250'

Seasons:
Year around, beware of snow fall in winter months

Entrance fee:
An adventure pass is needed, they can be bought online or you can find a location near you.

Cell Service:
T-Mobile - Service was sketchy in areas along the trail but I was still able to find a few bars and successfully send texts.

Trails:
San Antonio Falls- 1.2 miles round trip

Trail Condition:
The trail is in excellent condition due to the fact that it is paved until the look out point where you will have to follow a small dirt path to the base of the falls. Be careful if you decide to walk down to the base of the falls because the dirt trail is eroded in places.

Trail Directions:
From the parking lot you will notice two porter potties near a gated paved road leading up the mountain, follow this road till you get to a look out point where you are able to see the whole waterfall. You can continue up the paved road to the ski lifts or follow the small dirt trail to the base of the fall where you can relax or wonder around and explore the area.


Other Activities:
Hiking
Trail Running
Ski Resort

Jessie's Thoughts:
If you just want to see a waterfall without having to hike this is the one for you. The trail is paved all the way to a small look out point where you can view the entire waterfall and if you would like to get close there's a short dirt trail leading to the base of the falls. Once at the falls theres nothing to do except take a few pictures and wonder around for a bit before walking back to the car. You are able to climb up the rocks to the left side of the fall but be careful.

Map:

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