Angeles National Forest
Flora and fauna
Suggested Day Hikes
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).
On the Angeles Forest Highway, at the mid point between Palmdale and La Canada (17 miles north of Foothill Blvd.) is the Hidden Springs Cafe. It offers very good, inexpensive food and beer (beer must be consumed on the outside patio). On the nearby Angeles Crest Highway is the pricier Newcomb's Ranch, which offers prime rib and various holiday specials, such as on Mother's Day. Both see heavy use by motorcycle enthusiasts. The Hidden Springs Cafe sees a lot of older and retired people who drive Harley Davidson vehicles, while Newcomb's Ranch sees much use by a younger crowd driving high performance Japanese motorcycles 18.104.22.168 02:03, 7 September 2008 (EDT)Mtloweman.