Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA
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Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road – Mt. Baldy, CA

Stoddard Peak sits at 4624ft in the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains. This peak is sandwiched between the low lying foothills of Upland and Claremont in the front, and the high rising mountains of Mt. Baldy in the back. Stoddard Peak's location provides hikers with some spectacular 360 degree views of the surrounding landscapes. This hike is 6-miles roundtrip, with 1204 ft of elevation gain, and a trail mix of fire road and cross country single track. 

Stoddard Peak sits at 4624ft in the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains. This peak is sandwiched between the low lying foothills of Upland and Claremont in the front, and the high rising mountains of Mt. Baldy in the back. Stoddard Peak’s location provides hikers with some spectacular 360 degree views of the surrounding landscapes. This hike is 6-miles roundtrip, with 1204 ft of elevation gain, and a trail mix of fire road and cross country single track.

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA


Getting There: Directions And GPS Track

  • The trailhead for Stoddard Peak is located just off of Mt. Baldy Road at the Mt. Baldy Wilderness Preserve. Taking Mt. Baldy Road north towards Mt. Baldy Village, keep an eye out for Barrett Stoddard Road on the right (east) side of the street. Turn right on Barrett Stoddard Rd, and you will immediately see a parking area: Barrett Stoddard Truck Trail, Claremont, CA 91711
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Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA


Hike Profile

  • Distance: 6.00 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1204 ft
  • Minimum Elevation: 3720 ft
  • Maximum Elevation: 4624 ft
  • Time: 2-3 hours
  • Difficulty: (2.5/5)
  • Dog Friendly: Yes
  • Permit Required: No
  • Parking: Free parking in lot on Barrett Stoddard Road
  • Weather: This hike can be very warm in the summer, but tends to be pleasant
  • Trail Condition: This trail starts on a wide and well graded fire road. A use trail leads to the top of Stoddard Peak with high brush and loose rock.
  • Cell Phone Reception: Slim to none

Do you have the appropriate gear for this hike? Don’t hike unprepared!
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Hike Map And Elevation Profile

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA


Hike Description:

0.0 Miles (3779 ft)- Starting from the parking area on Barrett Stoddard Rd, walk towards the power station building and make your way downhill on the asphalt path.

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Along the asphalt path you’ll see an abundance of  “No Parking” signs and a “Private Driveway” notice. Although this road is driveable, make sure to park in the designated lot, as the people who live in the cabins along this road don’t want to deal with hikers clogging up their way in and out.

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

As you begin hiking uphill on the gravel road, you’ll see a fork up ahead. Stay left at the fork and continue on towards the cabins. Depending on the time of year and weather, you’ll see a few creek crossings that require some off road navigation.

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

After the first water crossing, you’ll see a few foundations and cabins. People do live here, so make sure to be quiet and respectful while passing through.

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

1.0 Miles (4045ft)- As you pass by the cabins and approach the 1-mile mark on this hike, you’ll see a closed gate. Pass by this gate and continue hiking uphill on the fire road.

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

The hike up until this point is well shaded with tree cover. As you continue on, the trail is far more exposed. You’ll notice this even more if you find yourself hiking towards noon or later in the day.

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

As you continue towards Stoddard Peak, you’ll find yourself hiking the slopes of Ontario Peak with views back towards Mt. Baldy, Lookout Mountain, and Sunset Peak.

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

2.5 Miles (4423ft)- As you approach the two and a half mile mark this hike, keep your eyes open for a side trail that leads to Stoddard Peak. You’ll be leaving the fire road behind for a cross country path through the brush.

It’s important to note that the peak you see ahead is one of two false summits on your way to Stoddard Peak.

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

For hikers that prefer wearing shorts, like me, you’ll quickly wish you had a pair of pants on as you make your way through the brush towards the top of the first false summit. Most of the brush on this use trail is pushed far enough back to hike comfortably, but there are a few spots you can catch yourself if you’re not paying close attention.

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

As you pop out from the thicket of brush, you’ll catch a glimpse of the second false summit up ahead. The brush is much shorter from this point on, and much easier to navigate.

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

The second false summit is a rocky outcrop that provides views towards Stoddard Peak, the Inland Empire, and the San Gabriel Mountains.

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Continue on towards Stoddard Peak and be mindful of your footing as you descend the rocky outcrop. There are a few use trails that lead away from the false summit, and a few dead end without a clear path towards Stoddard Peak.

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

3.0 Miles (4624ft)- After 3 miles of hiking and half a mile of brush walking, you’ll be standing on Stoddard Peak. Look right from the use trail and spot the “V 12” summit post. At the base of that summit post, you’ll find a jar with a register.

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Looking south, you’ll have views of Santiago Peak in the distance, with Potato Mountain in the foreground. You can also look back and around for views of Ontario Peak, Mt. Baldy, Sunset Peak, and more!

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Once you’ve enjoyed enough time at the summit, you can return using the same route back to the trailhead parking area. Be sure to mind your footing as you ascend and descend the rocky outcrop on the second false summit, as it can be a little tricky if you’re not paying close attention.


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Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

I'm Drew, creator of Trail to Peak. Trail to Peak brings content to life on the web through breath-taking photography and captivating video. I launched Trail to Peak in 2014 with a goal to inspire readers to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. I have traveled to 19 countries, walked Camino de Santiago, hiked the John Muir Trail, trekked through the Andes of Peru, and am constantly seeking new adventures in my home state of California. Joining me on my weekly adventures is my partner, Julia, our son, Owen, and our two goldendoodles, Isla and Lilly.

4 comments on “Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road – Mt. Baldy, CA

  1. Great photos! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Looks like a great hike. I like the wide open views and the fact that you can actually see the false summits. So many of my hikes here are through the dense forest, which is also nice, but always refreshing to get into the open.

    • It’s a fun one. I have to drive an hour or so to get to any mountains with that kind of tree cover. Most of the local hikes here are pretty exposed!

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