Los Angeles County High Point Trip Report

Mt San Antonio

Date: July 7, 2001
Author: Scott Casterlin

Here are some ideas/updates for Mount Baldy: The ski lift, as of Summer, 2001, runs only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, from 9-4:30. The casual cafeteria at the Notch (top of lift) is open the same hours if you want to stop in during the hike up or down. There's a bathroom inside the main building here, too. Buy a Forest Adventure Pass in town, at the Forest Service's Baldy Visitor Center in Baldy Village (8-4:30 daily), at the Ice House Canyon store, or other sites displaying the sign for it.

If you don't use the lift, a nice way to go up is to park at the sign for San Antonio Falls Road, less than a half-mile below the lift, and walk up this closed-to-the-public road. It's not steep and is a nice way to warm up before it gets steeper. At the lift area, bear left on service roads along the crest to the top of a green-chaired lift, where the road becomes a great trail to the top.

Coming down, you can save a lot of time by going down a steep and, sometimes, slippery use-trail directly below the lift to the bottom of it and a less-than-half-mile road walk to San Antonio Falls Road. There's a campground just before San Antonio Falls Road.