Endorsed by Curators:
After eating tons of Turkey & Pumpkin pie its time to burn off those extra calories. So, I am offering a real thigh buster, hiking on a semi-strenuous trail with beautiful views to Jones Peak with an option to hike an additional mile to Hastings Pk.
We will not be taking the vertical ridge trail that we did a few months ago. I have found a new route & we will be taking a nice maintained trail with switchbacks that leads us to the North side of Jones Peak. From Bailey Canyon Park, we will take the trail which starts on the west end of the parking lot and walk to the pedestrian gate with a turnstile. We continue North walking up a paved service road, past a debris basin on the right. After the road ends, we continue up the canyon to a signed junction. From here it is 3.3 miles to Jones Peak. We continue to take the fork on the right, heading up the east slope. The trail ascends with many switchbacks and after the 1st mile is McCloud Saddle. After an additional 1.2 miles we pass an old cabin foundation on the left and we can stop by on the return. From here we continue ascending 1 mile climbing steadily through chaparral trees until we reach the North saddle of Jones Peak. We turn right and scramble up the steep use trail less than 100 ft to the peak.
There is a dedication bench, & we can admire the beautiful 360 degree views this peak has to offer. On a clear day we can see the surrounding San Gabriel's such as Mt. Wilson and Mt. Harvard.
After rewarding ourselves for our valiant efforts & snacks to share there is an option to go to Hastings Pk. At this point we will hike down from Jones Peak to a saddle and follow the steep path North up the ridge. At approximately 0.2 miles there is a trail junction. We go left climbing the narrow path Northwest for less than a mile to Hastings Peak. For the safety of the group, I posted this as a waitlist only, open to members who have hiked with me previously (AND NO PLUS ONES!) This is a steep trail & I would like to keep the group together so we can stop along the trail and take a few breaks as a group. I will limit the size to 15.
Level: Strong/Advanced hikers
Gain: Total 4000' gain (both peaks) Jones 3375'
Distance: 8 miles (including Hastings Pk). 6 miles (Jones Pk only)
Time: 4-5 hours (depending on the group)
Type: We start on a paved service road. Once we approach the trail we continue on a single track maintained trail with lots of switchbacks that are semi- exposed.
Dogs: Allowed on a leash
Parking: Free parking in the Bailey Canyon lot. No NFS pass required. The parking lot is small so please arrive early. There is additional parking on the street. Please be quiet & considerate of the neighbors.
Bring: A positive attitude. Snacks to share. At least 2-3 liters of water. Dress in layers in case of cold weather. Sunscreen/Hat, shorts are fine. No bushwacking or poison oak on this trail. Lugsoles with good treads. Poles if you like/have them.
Directions for GPS Purposes:
Bailey Canyon Park
451 West Carter Ave., Sierra Madre Ca.
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