Short six mile hike below Mount Baldy. Easy to get to and easy to follow, the only difficult part came at the very top. Fun in a lot of ways and the view of Mount Baldy is outstanding.
From Mount Baldy Road I turned right on Barrett-Stoddard Road. I parked in the lot near the small hydro-electric plant. I took the dirt road to the left that runs by the plant, not the road blocked by boulders on the right. If your vehicle can handle it, you can drive further up the rough dirt road and park on either side of the bridge shown in photo 2. Below the road to Stoddard Peak is the remnants of the old road that connects to the parking lot, blocked by those boulders. Notice the degree of erosion – it’s barely there in some parts. I walked up the trail and past several beautiful little cabins. I went around the gate to the left.
The road climbs at a pleasantly moderate grade. After a couple of miles of climbing I saw a peak on the right. This is not Stoddard Peak but rather the first of two false peaks you must cross over to get to Stoddard Peak.
Right after the trail finally flattens out, look to the right. The trail up to Stoddard Peak is marked by a few rocks. The peak is 0.4 miles of ridgeline hiking from this point. It’s a bit overgrown. Not the worst I’ve been on but I would definitely recommend long pants an a long-sleeved shirt. Photo 4 – Nearing the top of false peak #1. The trail is quite steep in places.
Looking down at Mount Baldy Road. I drove through these tunnels earlier in the day.
Photo 1 – Now looking down at the junction between the dirt road I hiked up and the spur trail I was now on. That row of trees is a good landmark. Photo 2 – Looking forward to false peak #2.
Looking at the continuation of the fire road I took up. It goes on for several miles.
Photo 1 – Looking down into Upland? Photo 2 – There are great views of Mount Baldy throughout this hike. The clouds obscured the view a bit while I was on top of Stoddard Peak.
There are awesomely huge mountains in this area.
Before I descended from the ridge the clouds cleared, allowing this view of Mount Baldy. The peak is about 6,000 feet higher than this vantage point.
Close-up of the top of Mt. Baldy
Photo 1 – I passed this small valley – the colors looking like something from an alien world. Photo 3 – Now almost back to my car, I passed the cabins again. This is the coolest looking one, with it’s patchwork shingle design.