Manker Flats Campground is perfectly positioned to be a base camp for hikes up Mount Baldy, the highest summit in the San Gabriel Mountains. The 11.3-mile loop hike up Mount Baldy is a full day affair, so if you would like to camp out before or after, claim one of the twenty-one sites at Manker Flats Campground. Campers looking for a shorter hike near Manker Flats may enjoy the 1.4-mile round trip hike to San Antonio Fall, which starts just across the road from the campground. Another trail to consider is nearby Icehouse Canyon Trail, which provides easy hiking up a charming canyon leading to a steep climb into the mountains.
The campground sits at 6,000 feet above sea level and closes in the winter (when non-professionals should not attempt Mount Baldy). When open, the campground provides picnic tables, fire rings, potable water, and flush toilets. The sites are first-come first-serve and RVs up to sixteen feet in length are permitted. For campers with a National Forest Adventure Pass, the cost of a site is $10 per night plus $3 for a second vehicle. Without a pass, the rate is $14 per night and $5 for an additional vehicle (as of June, 2014). For current conditions or additional information, contact the Angeles National Forest at (626)335-1251.
To get to the campground: Take the 210 east and exit on Baseline Road (exit 52). Turn left at the light at the end of the ramp on to Baseline Road. Make the next right on to Padua Avenue. Drive 1.7 miles and turn right onto Mount Baldy Road (there will be a traffic light). Continue up Mount Baldy Road for seven miles to Mount Baldy Village (where there is a visitor center) and drive another four miles up the road to the campground on the right.
Campground address: 689 Mount Baldy Road, Angeles National Forest, Mount Baldy, CA 91759
Campground coordinates: 34.263251, -117.633363 (34° 15′ 47.70″N 117° 38′ 00.10″W)
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| Devil’s Backbone|
This 3.2-mile ridge-top trail between Baldy Notch and the summit of Mount Baldy offers incredible views of the San Gabriel Mountains.
| Baldy Bowl – Ski Hut|
The Baldy Bowl – Ski Hut Trail offers a steep but scenic ascent up the south side of Mount Baldy, crossing 4.5 miles and 3900 feet to the summit.
|San Antonio Falls|
This 1.4-mile hike visits a multi-tier waterfall along the trail to Mount Baldy.
To hike the scenic Devil’s Backbone to Mount Baldy, you must pass through Baldy Notch. You can hike to the notch, or take a ski lift.
|Icehouse Canyon Trail to Icehouse Saddle|
This 7.2-mile hike climbs 2,600 feet through a picturesque canyon to a saddle with panoramic views and extended hiking opportunities.
|More trails in the San Gabriel Mountains|
Explore other destinations in the range.