USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: Los Angeles County, about 10 miles north of Claremont, 45 miles from Los Angeles
- Auto Club: Los Angeles and Vicinity
- Forest Service: Angeles National Forest
- USGS Topo: Mt Baldy 7½, Mount San Antonio 7½
explanation of usage
- Distance: 4 miles round trip on trail and steep cross-country
- Gain: 2600'
- Time: 4-5 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 2, moderate
- Navigation: Difficult
- Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Original: Diane Dunbar
DRIVING ROUTE 3
- Take the 210 freeway east to Baseline Road exit in the City of Claremont.
Turn left (west) at the bottom of the off-ramp onto Baseline Road.
- Almost immediately, take the first right (north) onto Padua Ave.
- Go 1.8 miles north on Padua to the intersection with Mount Baldy Rd.
Turn right (northeast).
- Take this road northeast and then north about seven miles to
the USFS Mt. Baldy Vistors Center on the left in Mt. Baldy Village.
- Park in the parking lot of the Visitors Center or along Mt. Baldy Road.
Note: There is a good parking lot for ridesharing in this area.
To get there, after turning west on Baseline Road, continue past
Padua Avenue a short distance to Mills Avenue. Turn north on Mills,
and continue to Mt. Baldy Road. The parking lot is at the northeast
corner of this intersection.
HIKING ROUTE 3
- Hike up past the church on Bear Canyon drive. Bear Canyon Drive is
about 200' south of the Visitors Center. It soon becomes the Bear
- Hike up the Bear Canyon trail to the 4800' level. At this
point the trail turns sharply uphill to the east.
Leave the trail, descend and cross the creek to "Erv Bartel" Canyon
(not named on the topo). The
canyon has a bearing 255° true.
- Climb the canyon about 1/4+
mile to where it is blocked by brush. The canyon bottom gradient
decreases significantly as you climb it.
- A clipped trail begins uphill
to the south next to several thin fallen logs. Follow this clipped
trail generally west and up through the brush to the saddle at 5480'
and join Route 1.
This route is commonly used for descent after climbing Route 2.
The lower section of this route in the gully is steep and
loose. Caution must be exercised when ascending and descending this
route. Care should be used when crossing the stream after leaving the
Bear Canyon Trail.