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Angeles National Forest

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Angeles National Forest [1] is a national forest in Southern California.

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Heading West on the 210 Freeway
Exit Campus Ave., in Upland. Make a right at the light and a left at the stop sign shortly ahead. This road will take you passed the rock quarry and curve up to being northbound. A right at the first stop will lead you to Euclid Ave. Head North on Euclid to the firestation. From here you make a left at the stop sign and a slight right to continue on Euclid. This puts you on the west side of the firestation heading up Euclid. Continue to follow this road. Continue straight passed the stop sign and you will soon be winding around the Mt San Antonio Dam. The road winds its way over a small bridge and around on up to a stop sign. This is Mt Baldy Rd. A right here will take you on up the stop sign towards the Mount Baldy ski area, Manker Flats, and numerous hiking trails. A left here will take you back down the hill and connect up with Padua/Monte Vista on down through Claremont.
Heading East on the 210 Freeway
Exit Monte Vista/Padua/Baseline. This exit has been known to change names at times. When you exit you will end up at a stoplight facing north towards the mountains. A Left turn here will take you West where you will see the light for Monte Vista to the south and Padua to the north. Turn right up Padua and continue all the way up to the light at Mt Baldy Rd. Take a right at the light and follow it all the way up.

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Suggested Day Hikes

  • Manker Flats Loop
    • Distance: 11.25 miles round trip
    • Elevation Gain: 4300 ft
    • Hiking Time: 7 hours
    • Difficulty: Strenuous
    • Trail Condition: Good, some difficult spots
    • Hike Type: Loop
    • Switchbacks: Few

Take the 210 Interstate and exit on Mountain Avenue heading North into the Angeles National Forest. Follow Mountain Avenue until the intersection with Shinn Road and turn left. Follow Shinn Road until Mt. Baldy Road and turn right. Follow this road through two tunnels, Mt. Baldy village and finally up to Manker Flats. After the road becomes dual carriage way, look out on the left for sign to the San Antonio Falls Road. Park here but don't block the gate.

Follow the track after the first switch back when you are over the trailhead. A single-track path veers up to the left. Follow this one. The light-green ski hut is approximately at 8200 feet. Please take a break there! After that it is a fairly rapid climb to the 10064 feet of Mount Baldy (San Antonio) summit.

Descend eastwards along the Devil's Backbone ridge and watch out especially in snowy/icy/rainy conditions, as the path has partially been covered by landslides in some spots. Back at the Baldy Notch Skihut at 7800 feet, take the ski lift down for $8 or if you haven't had enough walking for one day descend by the dirt track back to Manker Flats (approximately 1 hour).

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  • The Hidden Springs Cafe, Angeles Forest Highway, at the mid point between Palmdale and La Canada (17 miles north of Foothill Blvd.). It offers very good, inexpensive food and beer (beer must be consumed on the outside patio). It sees a lot of older and retired people who drive Harley Davidson vehicles.
  • Newcomb's Ranch, on the nearby Angeles Crest Highway. A bit pricier, offering prime rib and various holiday specials, such as on Mother's Day. Both see heavy use by motorcycle enthusiasts. Newcomb's Ranch sees much use by a younger crowd driving high performance Japanese motorcycles.

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