Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sierra Club Ski Hut via Manker Flats

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Date:
May 21, 2012
Nearest City:
Mt. Baldy Village 

Driving Directions:
From the 210 East Freeway take the exit for Base Line Rd. At the light make a left onto East baseline Rd. Cross over the freeway and make the first right onto Padua Ave. Follow this road toward the mountains for 1.8 miles making a right at the light onto Mt. Baldy Rd. Continue for a few miles to Mt. Blady Village where you can buy an Adventure Pass at the Mt. Baldy Lodge or the nature cent a little further up the road. Continue up Mt. Baldy Road a few miles, soon the road splits and becomes two lanes, at the stop sign make a left (U-Turn ) and park on the other side of the road in the dirt parking lot. Theres a single porter potty near the gated paved road. To see the exact location to park on a map click here

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset

Difficulty:
Moderate - Strenuous

Why?
I was told that there are many trails that can be taken to the summit of Mt. Baldy and the ski hut trail is the easiest. I have hiked quite a few trails that were eroding in sections and this trail was no different, the trail is doable for the more experienced hikers, if you are not used to the high elevation or the steep grade of the trail, just take it slow and you will make it!

Elevation:
Manker Flats- 6160'
Mt. Baldy- 10,064'
San Antonio Falls- 6400'
Total Gain- 3900'

Seasons:
April- October. The trail to Mt. baldy should NOT be attempted when snow is present, the trail can become extremely dangerous to anyone without experience. Mt. Baldy Death

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
An adventure pass is required to park, they can be bought at Mt. Baldy Lodge or just up the street at the nature center.

Waterfall Height:
San Antonio Falls-  100ft.

Trails:
San Antonio Falls-1.2 miles R.T.
Sierra Club Ski Hut- 5 miles R.T.
Mt. Baldy- 8.4 miles R.T.

Trail Condition: 
The trail is in great condition, there are a few areas that have been slightly eroded but are still passable. The trails are kept clean and volunteers and fellow hikers, so make sure to pack out everything you bring in!

Trail Directions:
From the Manker Flats parking lot head up the paved road past a sometimes locked gate. After a short climb the road makes a sharp right, here you are able to see San Antonio Falls, there is a small trail leading off to it. After checking out the waterfall head back to the paved road and continue up a little further. The trail is easy to miss so keep an eye out for it to the left of the paved road. Once on the trail continue your climb up to a metal box where you can sign in. The trail is very easy to follow, there aren't any intersecting trails the whole way to the ski hut. After 2.5 miles (distance disputed by different web sites) you will arrive at the Sierra Club Ski Hut, on weekends if there are people staying at the hut they may let you in to refill your water. Enjoy the ski hut and then head back the way you came or continue on to Mt. Baldy.

Ranger Information: 
Los Angeles River Ranger District
12371 N. Litle Tujunga Canyon Road
San Fernando, CA, 91342
Mike McIntyre, District Ranger
(818)889-1900
FAX (818) 896-6727
CRS (800) 735-2922
CRS (800) 735-2929 (TDD/TTY)
M-F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Other Activities:
Camping
Backpacking
Hiking
Winter Hiking

Links:

Jessie's Thoughts:
Mt. Baldy is one of those mountains, that if you are a socal hiker its a MUST do hike! There are many different skill level trails that can be taken to the summit of Mt. Baldy but this one I have been told is the easiest. I had such a great hike! I can't wait to go back!!

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2 comments:

Fantastic photos. Looks like a great hike.

Thank you!

This was such an amazing hike! The pictures never do a trail like this justice. Hiking to the summit on Monday! :)

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