By Deb Flomberg
Winter, spring, summer or fall, the lifts at Mt. Baldy are open to provide you with amazing views and great activities all year-round. Mt. Baldy is home to some great skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and since it is located just an hour or so outside of Los Angeles, it is a great place for a day trip for some high energy mountain activities. However, it is also open in the warmer months, and the other great things to do are just as fun, if not more so, than visiting Mt. Baldy in the winter.
Hop on the Sugar Pine Chair Lift for some of the most beautiful views of the area. It is located at the end of Mt. Baldy Road, and you’ll get a 20 minute lift to the Top of the Notch restaurant that is around 8,000 feet above sea level.This lift is available Friday, Saturday and Sundays during the Spring, Summer and Fall. If the day is clear, you’ll be able to see both Catalina Island and the Mojave Desert.
Speaking of Top of the Notch Restaurant, be sure to come hungry once you get to the top. This delicious spot is a great place to enjoy some amazing views while you dine on plenty of yummy cuisine. Named for it’s position at the top of San Antonio Canyon and the Lytle Creek Watershed area, Top of the Notch will give you gorgeous panoramas of the Pacific Ocean to take in as you rest and rejuvenate in the glorious nature of California’s Mountain Scenery.
If you are a hiker, there are also a few great hiking trails that will give you a chance to work off that lunch. If you are a beginning hiker, there is a short walk from the Top of the Notch Restaurant. Or, for those that are more advanced, you can hike the Devils’ Backbone Trail, which climbs to San Gabriel’s tallest peak. The hike is about three and a half miles and is ranked a bit more “intermediate” with some rocky ground and steeper terrain.
For your ride to and from Mt. Baldy, you will want to travel in comfort. Try the GL450 SUV from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. That way, you’ll have plenty of room for all your hiking, climbing or boarding gear, and you can still arrive in style. The SUV from Mercedes-Benz will also give you a tremendously comfortable ride back down the mountain after you’ve hiked all day.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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