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Bailey Canyon Trail #11W11

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

3.1 mile 4.9 kilometer point to point
66% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,205' 672 m
Descent: -23' -7 m
High: 3,295' 1,004 m
Low: 1,113' 339 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)

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Map Key

A steep climb to Jones Peak.

Cary Stacy

Features River/Creek · Views

Need to Know

Some portions of this trail do not meet trail standards and may be rougher.

Runner Notes

Control your speed on the downhill as there are some steep cliffs that edge the trail.

Description

The Bailey Canyon Trail climbs up to a saddle just north of Jones Peak. Keep right near the end to head to the peak. Around there you have a few options, including continuing along the peak to connect to the Mount Wilson Trail. Or you can simply retrace your steps to make an out-and-back run.

This trail starts at the Bailey Canyon Nature Center and follows the canyon up and around a debris basin. Shortly up the canyon there is a spur to a waterfall. The trail turns out of the canyon and gently climbs through chaparral with minimal shade reaching an old cabin site next to a spring in a little over 2 miles. This is a nice destination with shady bay trees but watch for poison oak.

From the cabin site, a non-system trail climbs up a series of short switchbacks to a saddle just north of Jones Peak. This section of trail does not meet trail standards and can be much rougher. From the saddle, a fuel break can be taken south (right turn) to the top of Jones Peak. Another option is to head north on the ridge to the Jones Peak Saddle Connector which connects with the Mt. Wilson Trail #11W22.

Flora & Fauna

Most of the route is through chaparral of ceanothus, laurel sumac, chamise, scrub oak and manzanita. Nice shade from bay and alder trees in canyon bottom. Watch for poison oak and rattlesnakes. Bears are active in this area.

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Apr 14, 2019
Phillip Le
First Trail Run 2019 6.2mi — 1h 53m

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One of several benches along the Bailey Canyon Trail offering views of the San Gabriel Valley to the ocean.
Jan 6, 2019 near Sierra…, CA
View of Bailey Canyon Trail as it climbs up from Sierra Madre.
Jan 6, 2019 near Sierra…, CA

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