Stoddard Peak Hike
- 6 miles - Moderate Effort
- 2:30-3:30 Hours (Total)
- 1,200 Total Feet of Climbing
- Max Elevation of 4,624 feet
- Leashed Dogs Allowed
Stoddard Peak stands guard over the front range of the San Gabriels, with a unique view stretching from Mt Baldy to the LA suburbs. The hike to Stoddard Peak is challenging but not too tough; it's perfect for beginners, with a great summit payoff. In this guide, I'll show you how to hike to Stoddard Peak safely and enjoy all it has to offer.
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When planning, always check the park website and social media to make sure the trails are open. Similarly, check the weather and road conditions.
Where is the Stoddard Peak Hike?
Parking for Stoddard Peak is on the right side of the road as you travel up Mt Baldy road, about 1.5 miles before you reach Mt Baldy Village. When you get to the destination, look for a small power sub-station, and go downhill on the paved driveway to the right to find a parking area below the road.
There's not really a good street number address, so use this latitude and longitude in your GPS:
You're looking for the intersection of the Barret Stoddard (dirt) road and Mt Baldy Road.
Gear For the Hike
Most of the hike is on a (small) dirt road, and then the last half-mile is a steep and narrow trail. Trekking poles will be helpful on this last section. And while there's some shade, most of the hike is exposed. I bring at least 1L of water. The brush on the last section can scratch your legs a bit; wear long pants if you want the protection.
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