Mount Baldy Resort

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Mount Baldy, also known as Mount San Antonio, stands as the highest peak (10,069ft) in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles with Mount Baldy - by Alek Leckszas - WikimediaThis snow-capped mountain provides a stunning backdrop to the LA skyline and is visible from both Orange and San Bernardino counties.

Mount Baldy is a popular destination for winter sports, offering hiking trails, skiing, tubing, and cabin rentals.

The first chairlift ride to the Top of the Notch offers a scenic journey, perfect for snowy adventures or sightseeing.

Scenic Chairlift Ride

chairlift at Mount Baldy CA - by Eric Gunther - WikipediaThe Sugar Pine chairlift ride from the parking lot to the Top of the Notch lasts about 15 minutes. It offers breathtaking views of the canyon below and the lodge ahead. On the descent, the valley unfolds beneath you.

This chairlift operates year-round, providing access to summer hikes and winter activities. Tickets range from $20 to $30, varying by day of the week.

Mount Baldy Lodge and Restaurant

Mount Baldy Restaurant - lunch with a viewThe lodge features six cabins for rent, complete with a swimming pool, sand volleyball court, basketball, cornhole, ping pong, and horseshoe courts.

The attached restaurant offers American pub-style cuisine, pool tables, a full bar, and a cozy dining room. The patio provides panoramic views of the valley.

Adjacent to the lodge is the Ski rental shop. It's advised to book rentals alongside chairlift tickets due to high demand.

Snow Play

Mount Baldy Tubing - photo courtesy mtbaldyresort.comMt Baldy is a prime snow-play area in Southern California. A 15-minute chairlift ride takes you to the heart of the fun.

A full-day snow play ticket, including chairlift round-trip, costs around $79. Prices vary slightly based on the day of the week.

Skiing

Mount Baldy Skiing - by Eric Gunther - wikipediaMount Baldy's ski resort, though small, is celebrated for its affordability and quality in Southern California. All-day chairlift tickets range from $60-$90.

The resort boasts over 4,000 acres of skiable terrain with 26 runs across three mountains, serviced by four chairlifts. It caters to both beginners and experts.

Group Ski and Snowboard lessons are available daily. Contact the resort for current lesson packages.

One limitation is the inconsistency of fresh snowfall at this location.

Interesting fact: The vertical drop from the summit to the base is 2100 ft, one of the longest in the USA.

Hiking to the Summit

Hiking to Mount BaldyThe Devil's Backbone trail is the most popular route to the Mt Baldy summit. The trail offers spectacular views, and from the summit, you can see from the ocean to the desert on a clear day.

The hike can start from the Top of the Notch, accessible via the Sugar Pine chairlift.

For a more challenging hike, start from Manker Campground, Mt Baldy, CA, 91759, USA, and follow the service road.

Warning: Hiking this trail in snow is dangerous. Check the Mt Baldy weather report before your trip.

This hike is about 3.5 miles one way with an elevation gain of 2200 feet.

For a detailed hiking guide, visit hikingguy.com. The guide offers an alternative return route bypassing the ski area, or you can retrace your steps.