Hiking Mt. Baldy via the Ski Hut Trail

By Heather

A few weeks ago, I hiked to the top of Mt. Baldy again.

Darren and Steve did it too!


This time, we took the Ski Hut Trail. Like it is going up from the Top of the Notch, the Ski Hut Trail is straight uphill. That’s why we were pretty discouraged to overhear another hiker say at the Ski Hut, “That was the easy part of the hike!”

The advantage of the Ski Hut Trail is that it’s shadier for longer. Going up the other way offers no shade at all, ever. But it’s no easier. Take your pick!

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That’s me and Darren at the summit! Also, I need a new hat, because I’m not an Angel’s fan and just got that for free at a game. I can’t be a fan of a team whose full name is “The Angels Angels of Anaheim.”

We celebrated with beers and snacks at Top of the Notch restaurant, which was nothing like last time. The tents and loud music and dirt people were gone. The picnic tables in the lodge were put away and it was a normal restaurant serving decent food for something in the middle of nowhere. They also have a terrific selection of craft beers that are mostly local!


A couple of beers and a meal killed any desire we might have had to hike the rest of the way down. So, we purchased lift tickets and took the long, slow ride back to our cars. On the way out, Darren and I stopped at the visitor’s center which, sad to say, isn’t much to speak of. I was hoping for a braggy “I climbed Mt. Baldy” T-shirt or sticker. Guess I’ll have to make my own.

It’s getting late in the season and I really want to get in at least one, maybe two, more new summits before they get all snowy and require way more skill and daring than I possess.