Mt. Baldy Run-to-the-Top
Beginning at 6,000’ and finishing at 10,064’ on the top of Mt. San Antonio, commonly known as Mt. Baldy, this 7-mile trail run is one of the oldest and toughest annual running events in Southern California. The Mt. Baldy Run-to-the-Top trail run begins at 8 AM at the top of Mt. Baldy Road. The first ¼ mile is a slight descent on paved roadway followed by 5 miles of uphill grade on a dirt fire road that winds around and hugs the mountainside, passes through the notch and comes to the most exciting section of the run known as the Devil’s Backbone; a narrow catwalk trail along a ridge. The views on either side are breathtaking. The final stretch to the finish line is the steepest and most challenging.
Unique among all mountain races in the United States, runners actually summit the mountain and stand on top of the grandest peak in the San Gabriel Mountain range. With over 4,000’ elevation gain, runners who reach the summit are rewarded with a stunning panoramic view of the LA Basin, high desert, Catalina Island, and a host of surrounding mountain peaks, in addition to Baldy’s own spectacular slopes, home of the Bighorn Sheep, displaying beautiful rock formations and a variety of plants and wildlife. After catching their breath and taking in all the splendor, runners make their way back to the Notch aid station for refreshments and an awards ceremony to top off their Labor Day adventure.
A chair lift ride is available for the runners’ descent from the Notch to the parking lot (approx 3.5-mile hike if you don’t take the chair lift!). Please check again in March for more info about prices.