San Antonio is a 75-foot tall multi-tier year-round waterfall carrying water off Mount Baldy. The waterfall swells in late winter and early spring when snow melt increases the flow. The toughest thing about getting to San Antonio Falls isn’t the hike, it’s the long drive to the base of Mount Baldy. The hike to San Antonio Falls is easy. Simply march 0.6 miles up a paved road to a dirt footpath that leads down to the falls. It is a 1.4-mile round trip hike with 300 feet of elevation gain.
Pavement isn’t the best surface to hike on, but Falls Road does manager to offer nice views up San Antonio Canyon toward towering Mount Baldy, and down the canyon toward Pomona Valley. After passing a few mountain cabins, the waterfall will come into view, streaming down the mountainside. When the pavement ends and the road makes a sharp turn to the right, hop of the road and take a dirt path down to the creek at the base of the waterfall. Find a boulder to relax on at the base of the waterfall and enjoy the cascading waters.
San Antonio Falls
The trail beyond San Antonio Falls continues toward the Sierra Club Ski Hut and the summit of Mount Baldy. If you are visiting the waterfall after making a strenuous hike higher up the mountain, you will find San Antonio Creek to be the prefect place to relax and rinse off. The cold clear water below the waterfall is perfect for soaking soar feet.
Those without ambition to hike far beyond San Antonio Falls, may wish to continue up the trail a quarter mile past the end of the pavement. This will provide a complete view over the waterfall as well as a broader view over Manker Flats Campground and San Antonio Canyon. No permit is required to hike to San Antonio Falls and dogs are welcome, so get out and enjoy!
To get to the trailhead: 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 seven miles up Mount Baldy Road through Mount Baldy Village (where there is a visitor center) and follow the road for another 4.4 miles up the mountain past Manker Flats Campground to the bottom of Falls Road on the left. Park along Mount Baldy Road, display an adventure pass, and begin hiking up Falls Road.
Trailhead address: Mount Baldy Road & Falls Road, Angeles National Forest, Mount Baldy, CA 91759
Trailhead coordinates: 34.266172, -117.62684 (34° 15′ 58.21″N 117° 37′ 36.62″W)
Use the map below to view the trail and get directions:
These photos were taken in May of 2009 and March of 2012. Click to enlarge.
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