Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Stoddard Peak

Photos: To view all of the pictures from this hike click here to go to the photo gallery
Videos: To view videos from this hike click here to go to YouTube

Date:
January 9, 2012

Nearest City:
Mt. Baldy Village, CA

Driving Directions: 
From the 210 Freeway Exit Base Line Rd., make a Right on Padua Ave. follow for 1.8 miles and make a Right onto Mt. Baldy Rd. Drive 6.1 miles and turn Right onto Barrett Stoddard Truck Trail and park in the dirt lot before the building.

Hours:
Sunrise - Sunset

Difficulty:
Easy- Moderate

Why?
This trail is very easy to follow, but has an incline the whole way to the top.

Elevation:
1,200 ft Gain


Seasons:
September- May


Parking/ Entrance Fee:
An adventure pass is required to park at this trailhead. They can be bought online or at the Mt. Baldy Lodge in Mt. Baldy Village and at the information center just past the lodge.

Cell Service:
T-Mobile- None

Trails:
Stoddard Peak Trail- 6 miles round trip

Trail Condition:
This trial is in great shape, little to no trash and extremely easy to follow. The trial is a fire road for almost the whole way, but keep in mind that the trail leading to the peaks from the flat is a little hard to spot.

Trail Directions:
From the parking area head past the small building that is fenced off. Head over the bridge and continue up the fire road. The road goes past some houses and then past a gate. In a little while the trail will go through a large open area to the right of the trail, and shortly after this the fire road will come to another large opening area, once at this flat start looking for the trail to the right of the trail. Here the fire road turns into a trail and leads off over the flat, head up the small hard to spot trail on the right up to the first false summit. Follow the trail over this summit and over the next one till you reach the real and final summit of Stoddard Peak. There is a small metal triangle sign at the top and just beyond that under a large pile of rocks is a register. Sign your name and head back down the way you came. For added fun once at the parking lot cross past the barrier of rocks and follow along the old paved road thats eroding and soon the sounds of falling water will hit your ear. At the over look, look down and you will see a waterfall. We back tracked and walked down the river bed to the top of the fall. On our next trip we will find a rout to the bottom.

Other Activities:
Mountain Bike
Walking
Trail Running
Hiking
Fishing

Links:
Weather.com
Facebook
YouTube
Knot the Ordinary (Store)
Adventure Pass


Jessie's Thoughts:
This short and easy hike was a lot of fun. Most of the hike is on a well kept fire road untill you reach the flat and take a hard to find trail up past two false summits to the final summit. Once up on the ridge line go slow and watch your step when climbing around the large boulders and make sure to find the register just past the metal sign at the summit.

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