This trail leads you through Cucamonga Wilderness up to the Three T's (Timber Mountain
, Telegraph Peak, Thunder Mountain) to Mt. Baldy. Numerous rewarding views are on your way. From Mt. Baldy you can see Los Angeles, Catalina Island, and Mojave.
Features: River/Creek — Views — Waterfall
This extended route can be done as a multi-day trip or on a single day, but it will push even an experienced runner to the physical limits given the elevation gain.
You start your route by heading up the Icehouse Canyon Trail
along Icehouse Creek. Towards Icehouse Saddle, trees become more sparse and you get a good view of the canyon. Turn left on Three T's Trail
which will lead you to Timber Mountain
. Feel free to take Timber Mountain Summit Spur
, but don't expect any beautiful views from the top. Back on Three T's Trail
you descend again for a while only to start a major ascend to Telegraph Peak. The short Telegraph Peak Summit Spur
will lead you to the top where you have a magnificent view of Mt. Baldy and Mojave. This is also a good place to get some rest.
Back on Three T's Trail
you descend again and circle Thunder Mountain. At the end of the trail, you cross a ski lift and follow and unpaved road. The road becomes Devil's Backbone Trail
which starts with a very steep ascend for about a mile. Amazing views await you left and right. Especially the last stretch of Devil's Backbone Trail
before you reach Mt. Baldy summit is very steep and sometimes winding. At the top you are rewarded with magnificent panoramic views in all directions. This is a good place to spend some time and just relax.
Turn south and follow Baldy Bowl Trail
, a very steep descend on the south side of the mountain. About halfway, you pass a Sierra Club Ski Hut next to a seasonal spring. The trail ends at Baldy Road which you continue to follow downhill. Baldy Road turns into Falls Road at San Antonio Falls
. Continue until you reach the Mt. Baldy Trailhead.
This route is usually completed by using a shuttle vehicle that is placed at the Mt. Baldy Trailhead, but you could choose to reverse your route if you are so inclined.